A young cowboy hooks up with a legendary outlaw, and before long both are on the run from the law.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karl Westover
Don Braulio
Danny De La Paz ...
Juanita (as Alma Martínez)
Herman Pahmeyer
Sharon Compton ...
Howland Chamberlain ...
Harry Caesar ...
Kai Wulff ...
Roberto Contreras ...
Cantina Owner
Luis Contreras ...
Itasco Wilson ...


Karl Westover, an inexperienced farm boy, runs away after unintentionally killing a neighbor, whose family pursues him for vengeance. He meets Barbarosa, a gunman of near-mythical proportions, who is himself in danger from his father-in-law Don Braulio, a wealthy Mexican rancher. Don Braulio wants Barbarosa dead for marrying his daughter against the father's will. Barbarosa reluctantly takes the clumsy Karl on as a partner, as both of them look to survive the forces lining up against them. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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One Was a Legend, The Other Would Become One. See more »




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Release Date:

19 February 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Ballade vom Banditen Barbarosa  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

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The picture's shooting location in Big Bend National Park was reputed to be around the time the film was made and released to be the most remote filming location ever used for an American movie. See more »


There is no tractor pulling something as the horse racers round the home stretch. It is clearly a wagon pulled by horses. They actually did a good job of having it in the background in the three quick shots that showed the racers. See more »


[Barbarosa has just killed a Mexican bounty hunter]
Barbarosa: I can't teach you people a damn thing.
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Edited into Voskovec & Werich - paralelní osudy (2012) See more »

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A great western
5 May 2003 | by (Oregon) – See all my reviews

I have been an avid watcher of the western genre since I was a kid. I grew up watching Roy Rogers, Zorro, and the Lone Ranger on TV and watching John Wayne, Gary Cooper, and Clint Eastwood in the theaters. A lot of westerns end up being remakes of previous outings, so when someone comes up with something original, I take notice. This is one such movie and it is one of my all time favorites.

While Willie Nelson will never get an Oscar for acting, he plays himself brilliantly ... and he's perfect for this part. And Gary Busey does a fine job playing a farm boy turned outlaw. Their relationship grows with each scene and draws you into it until you are emotionally connected with them both.

This movie is definitely not for the folks who want non-stop action with guns blazing from the opening scene until the final credits, but if you like a slower paced movie that takes it's time building it's characters and drawing you into their lives, this movie is for you.

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