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



On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Revisionist western about fallen preacher Shay, who guns down his wife Raysha for running off with another man. Wandering, he meets single mom Laurie. However, helpless sheriff Scoby wants Shay to help him fight the villainous Clavers.

Director: William D. Wittliff
Stars: Willie Nelson, Morgan Fairchild, R.G. Armstrong
Music | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Willie Nelson is a country singer on the road caught in a romantic triangle with Dyan Cannon and Amy Irving, the daughter of one of his longtime musical sidekick.

Director: Jerry Schatzberg
Stars: Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon, Amy Irving
The Shooting (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A mysterious woman persuades two cowboys to help her in a revenge scheme.

Director: Monte Hellman
Stars: Millie Perkins, Jack Nicholson, Will Hutchins
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Marshal Wyatt Earp kills a couple of men of the Clanton-gang in a fight. In revenge Clanton's thugs kill the marshal's brother. Thus, Wyatt Earp starts to chase the killers together with his friend Doc Holliday.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: James Garner, Jason Robards, Robert Ryan
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The US Army is under pressure from the desperate relatives of white prisoners of the Comanches to secure their rescue. A cynical and corrupt marshal, Guthrie McCabe, is persuaded by an army... See full summary »

Director: John Ford
Stars: James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Shirley Jones
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Lawman Wyatt Earp and outlaw Doc Holliday form an unlikely alliance which culminates in their participation in the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A Texas Ranger and a ruthless narcotics kingpin - they were childhood friends, now they are adversaries...

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe, Michael Ironside
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A U.S. Japanese fisherman may have killed his neighbor Carl at sea. In the 1950s, race figures into the trial. So does reporter Ishmael.

Director: Scott Hicks
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Max von Sydow, Yûki Kudô
Thriller | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Native American travels around a resort town, murdering cops and rich people with a high-powered crossbow, while demanding that the town's richest residents pay him money to stop the killings.

Director: Richard Compton
Stars: Oliver Reed, Deborah Raffin, James Mitchum
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Notorious gunfighter Jimmy Ringo rides into town to find his true love, who doesn't want to see him. He hasn't come looking for trouble, but trouble finds him around every corner.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell
Just Visiting (2001)
Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A knight and his valet are plagued by a witch, and to repair the damage they make use of the services of a wizard. However, something goes wrong and they are transported from the 12th ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré
Stars: Jean Reno, Christina Applegate, Christian Clavier
Death Wish (1974)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife is murdered by street punks in which he randomly goes out and kills would-be muggers on the mean streets after dark.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Charles Bronson, Hope Lange, Vincent Gardenia


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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




PG | See all certifications »




Release Date:

19 February 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Ballade vom Banditen Barbarosa  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (TV)

Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Actor Gary Busey was not only a co-lead but also acted as an uncredited producer. 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: Drop those saddlebags and help me up, dammit!
[Karl drops the bags over the cliff]
Barbarosa: Why'd you drop them down there?
Karl: Well, you said to drop them and help you!
Barbarosa: We already been down there!
[Rain starts to fall]
Barbarosa: Why don't you go ahead and just rain on me then?
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

One of the greatest!
5 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First, I have to say, the very first person to review this movie on IMDb apparently is only attracted to violence in movies, and doesn't want to try to actually see the story line. More explosions! More dead people, and they need to be literally blown apart! Death! Fire! Without it, all movies suck! I notice that everyone else pretty much says the exact opposite. Odd, how at a later date, every review has an "unhelpful" flag next to it.

The story woven in Barbarosa is an excellent one, and no one could've pulled off the title role except Willie. The eventual transformation of Karl, from naive farm boy on the run into Barbarosa himself, is astonishing, everything from the way he looks to the way he sounds. Rancho life is authentically depicted, as is the West Texas farm life of the period... and the "eye for an eye" mentality of the people involved, and it's tragic consequences is a lesson hidden away in the storyline, almost as an afterthought. The photography is incredible, and at times the music is is almost overwhelming.

"...you ain't got enough ass in your britches to kill Barbarosa..."

See it.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
W.T.F.!!?? ekim049
Widescreen DVD version sorely needed. mrbabymn
My favorite western clok52
BARBAROSA available widescreen on iTunes SgtEsterhaus
Finally!!! My Ego Tripped
Discuss Barbarosa (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: