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Old Gringo (1989)

R  |   |  Adventure, History, Romance  |  6 October 1989 (USA)
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When school teacher Harriet Winslow goes to Mexico to teach, she is kidnapped by Gen. Tomas Arroyo and his revolutionaries. An aging American, Ambrose "Old Gringo" Bierce also in Mexico, ... See full summary »

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Gen. Tomas Arroyo
Patricio Contreras ...
Col. Frutos Garcia
Jenny Gago ...
La Garduna
Gabriela Roel ...
La Luna
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Zacarias (as Sergio Calderon)
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Monsalvo (as Guillermo Rios)
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Ron
Samuel Valadez De La Torre ...
Consul Saunders
Anne Pitoniak ...
Mrs. Winslow
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Pancho Villa (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Stanley Grover ...
Gen. Saunders
Josefina Echánove ...
Clementina (as Josefina Echanove)
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Capt. Ovando (as Pedro Damian)
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When school teacher Harriet Winslow goes to Mexico to teach, she is kidnapped by Gen. Tomas Arroyo and his revolutionaries. An aging American, Ambrose "Old Gringo" Bierce also in Mexico, befriends Gen. Arroyo and meets Harriet. Bierce is a famous writer, who knowing that he is dying, wishes to keep his identity secret so he can determine his own fate. Though he likes Arroyo, Bierce tries to provoke the General's anger whenever possible in an attempt to get himself killed, thus avoiding suffering through his illness. Winslow is intrigued by both Bierce and Arroyo, and the men are in turn attracted to her. She becomes romantically involved with Arroyo. When Winslow learns of Bierce's true identity (a writer whose work she has loved and respected for years), she is singlemindedly determined to fulfill his dying wish. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>

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A woman inspired by a man of dreams swept into the arms of a general, and drawn into a worlds of danger.


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Burt Lancaster sued the production company after he was removed from the role of Ambrose Bierce due to his heart problems. See more »

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At the end of the movie as Harriet Winslow is crossing the Rio Grande, the river flows from right to left. If she were actually crossing the border from Mexico to America (northward), the river would flow from left to right (eastward). See more »

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La Garduna: When gentlemen start talking about principles, we poor people lose what we don't even have!
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Another One of Those Corn-Filled Vehicles of the 1980s That No One Rode.
3 November 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Opulent mess that died at the box office and with critics alike in 1989. In early-20th Century Mexico an American school teacher (Jane Fonda) is kidnapped by a desperado (Jimmy Smits) and his rebellious gang. The titled character (Gregory Peck) is slowly dying of an illness and tries to get himself killed by Smits on numerous occasions as he also tries to get Fonda to safety. Strangely a bond develops between Smits and Peck just as Fonda becomes Smits' lover and then surprisingly Fonda learns who Peck really is and falls in love with him as well (and also tries to fulfill his dying wish). "Old Gringo" is a lot of smoke and sand that tries to become the "Dr. Zhivago" of its time, but falls completely. The big-name performers cannot make it through a story that drags along and never gets to a suitable pay-off. The direction is disastrous too and we are left with a huh? movie that really means nothing at all. 2.5 out of 5 stars.


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