Based on the Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel. Set in the shadows of Mt. Vesuvius just before its famous eruption, the film begins with Glaucus, a Roman legionnaire, returning to his home from ... See full summary »
In Mexico at the time of the Revolution, Juan, the leader of a bandit family, meets John Mallory, an IRA explosives expert on the run from the British. Seeing John's skill with explosives, Juan decides to persuade him to join the bandits in a raid on the great bank of Mesa Verde. John in the meantime has made contact with the revolutionaries, and intends to use his dynamite in their service. Written by
George Lazenby was originally chosen to play the lead role in this film and accepted, but he ultimately declined the role. See more »
Juan's machine gun is not pointing at Gutierez as he shoots him. See more »
Listen, Günther Ruiz is after us, and now Villa wants to talk to me, I think we should get outta here.
[puffing on cigar]
Well, Jesus, Juan-o, you can't leave now, you're a great, grand, glorious hero of the revolution.
Uh, can I tell you something?
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100 proof dynamite action film by genre master Leone
Excellent action film with Steiger over-the-top but Coburn right on the money as bandit/revolutionaries in Mexico. More gunfire and explosions and less balmy confrontations than in other Leone pics. I'm stuck on a second viewing by how much of a "70s" film this is, and how much real cinematic value and interesting ideas Leone has put into the film despite its basic action-film plotline. Rumors say Malcolm MacDowell was the original lead -- very intriguing possibility. The look on Steiger's face after he finds out he's risked his life to rescue a bunch of dirty prisoners is priceless.
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