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Release Date:
6 October 1989 (USA) See more »
A woman inspired by a man of dreams swept into the arms of a general, and drawn into a worlds of danger.
When school teacher Harriet Winslow goes to Mexico to teach, she is kidnapped by Gen. Tomas Arroyo and his revolutionaries... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jane Fonda ... Harriet Winslow

Gregory Peck ... Ambrose Bierce

Jimmy Smits ... Gen. Tomas Arroyo
Patricio Contreras ... Col. Frutos Garcia

Jenny Gago ... La Garduna
Gabriela Roel ... La Luna

Sergio Calderón ... Zacarias (as Sergio Calderon)
Guillermo Ríos ... Monsalvo (as Guillermo Rios)

Jim Metzler ... Ron
Samuel Valadez De La Torre ... Consul Saunders
Anne Pitoniak ... Mrs. Winslow

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Pancho Villa (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Stanley Grover ... Gen. Saunders
Josefina Echánove ... Clementina (as Josefina Echanove)

Pedro Damián ... Capt. Ovando (as Pedro Damian)
Maya Zapata ... Dolores
José Olivares ... Trinidad (as Jose Olivares)
Alicia del Lago ... Trinidad's wife
Carlos Cardán ... Matias Salazar (as Carlos Cardan)
Evangelina Sosa ... Guadalupe (as Evangelista Sosa Martínez)
Hector Rivera ... Ataulfo
Víctor Carpinteiro ... Hilario
Salvador Sánchez ... Floreal (as Salvador Sanchez)
María Victoria Mondragón ... Old woman (as Maria Victoria Mondragon)
José Juan Rodriguez ... Old man (as Jose Juan Rodriguez)
Mario Arévalo ... Casimiro (as Mario Arevalo)
Laurel Lyle ... Librarian
Richardson Morse ... Editor
José Jorge Zepeda ... Administrator of hacienda (as Jose Jorge Zepeda)

Roberto Sosa ... Lucio (as Roberto Sosa Martinez)
María Luisa Coronel ... Maria (as Maria Luisa Coronel)
Amelia Zapata ... Juana
Mark Kelty ... Journalist #1
John Williams ... Journalist #2
Arturo Rodríguez Doring ... Mexican journalist (as Arturo Rodriguez Doring)
Fernando Moya ... Hotel clerk
Juan Antonio Llanes ... Assistant hotel clerk
Abel Woolrich ... Tall soldier
René Pereyra ... Short soldier (as Rene Pereyra)
Martín Palomares ... Wounded man (as Martin Palomares)
Roberto Ortiz ... Federal officer
Stewart Smith ... Journalist

Paul Williams ... Cinematographer
Steven Spencer ... Assistant consul
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Sabol ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Luis Puenzo 
Writing credits
Carlos Fuentes (novel "Gringo Viejo")

Aída Bortnik (screenplay) (as Aida Bortnik) &
Luis Puenzo (screenplay)

Produced by
Lois Bonfiglio .... producer
David Wisnievitz .... executive producer
Original Music by
Lee Holdridge 
Cinematography by
Félix Monti (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William M. Anderson  (as William Anderson)
Glenn Farr 
Juan Carlos Macías 
Casting by
Wallis Nicita 
Production Design by
Bruno Rubeo 
Stuart Wurtzel 
Art Direction by
Scott Ritenour 
Jorge Sainz (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Tessa Davies 
Costume Design by
Enrico Sabbatini 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist (as Kathryn L. Blondell)
Bertha Chiu .... hair stylist (as Berta Chiu)
Lee Harman .... makeup artist
Paul Huntley .... wig maker
Alberto López .... makeup artist (as Alberto Lopez)
Raúl Sarmiento .... additional makeup artist
Peggy Schierholz .... makeup artist (as Peg Schierholz)
Production Management
Luis Bekris .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rodrigo Fürth .... second assistant director (as Rodrigo Furth)
Raúl Outeda .... first assistant director (as Raul Outeda)
Art Department
Steve Alexander .... construction coordinator
Horacio Altuna .... sketch artist
Ron Downing .... property master
Joseph Forbes .... scenic artist
Ricardo Gil .... property master
Pedro González Sánchez .... swing gang (as Pedro Gonzalez Sanchez)
Jorge González .... assistant property master (as Jorge Gonzalez Valdivia)
Peter Hackman .... scenic artist (as Peter G. Hackman)
Francisco López .... swing gang (as Francisco Lopez Serrano)
Antonio Mata Jr. .... assistant to production designer (as Tony Ortiz)
Marcos Neumann .... prop buyer (as Marcos Neumann Ruiz)
Andrew 'Sandy' Overholtzer .... construction coordinator (as Andrew Overholtzer)
Bryce Perrin .... assistant art director
Francisco Ramirez .... scenic artist
German Ramirez .... greensman (as German Ramirez Romero)
Jon Ringbom .... scenic artist
Steve Saklad .... set designer
Jeanne Vertigan .... decorator buyer
Theresa Wachter .... art department coordinator
Tom Warren .... set designer
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Alejandro Ayala .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gregg Baxter .... foley editor
Steve Borne .... assistant sound editor (as Steve Born)
Mick D'Andrea .... assistant sound editor
Carlos Delarios .... sound re-recording mixer (as Carlos deLarios)
Bruce Foster .... foley editor
Mark Gordon .... sound editor
Taffy Haines .... sound engineer
William Hartman .... sound editor
Chris Jargo .... sound editor (as J. Christopher Jargo)
Simon Kaye .... production sound mixer
Michael J. Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer (as Michael Kohut)
Tom C. McCarthy .... supervising sound editor
Pedro Mejía .... cable person (as Pedro Mejia)
Lauren Palmer .... supervising adr editor (as Lauren J. Palmer)
Jorge Palomino .... boom operator (as Jorge Palomino Rojas)
Aaron Rochin .... sound re-recording mixer
Tommy Staples .... boom operator (as Tom Staples)
Bill Voigtlander .... adr editor
Don S. Walden .... sound editor
Steve Kohler .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jesus G. Duran .... special effects head (as Jesus Duran Galvan)
Adrián Durán .... special effects head (as Adrian Duran Martinez)
Alejandro Durán .... special effects head (as Alejandro Duran Vazquez)
Fermín Durán .... special effects head (as Fermin Duran Martinez)
Visual Effects by
Rocco Gioffre .... matte artist (uncredited)
Blair Burrows .... stunts
Danny Costa .... stunts (as Dan Costa)
Bob K. Cummings .... stunts (as Bob Cummings)
Richard L. Duran .... stunts (as Richard Duran)
Joe Finnegan .... stunts
Lance Gilbert .... stunts
Mickey Gilbert .... stunt coordinator
Tim Gilbert .... stunts
Troy Gilbert .... stunts
Johnny Hock .... stunt double: Mr. Peck (as John Hocks)
Clint Lilley .... stunt double: Mr. Smits
Bruce W. Morgan .... stunts (as Bruce Morgan)
James Pratt .... stunts (as Jim Pratt)
Karen Price .... stunt double: Ms. Fonda
Bob Terhune .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Marcelo Camorino .... camera operator: second unit
Arturo de la Rosa .... additional camera operator
Rodolfo Denevi .... gaffer
Gerardo Flores .... second assistant camera (as Gerardo Julian Flores)
Salvador Gutierrez Moreno .... chief lighting technician (as Salvador Guitierrez Moreno)
Juan Iniestra .... best boy dolly grip
Aldo Lobótrico .... camera operator (as Aldo Lobotrico)
Carlos Montaño .... additional camera operator (as Carlos Montano Jimenez)
Hector Morini .... camera operator: second unit
Tessa Racine .... first assistant camera
Antonio Ramírez 'Puma' .... key grip (as Antonio Ramierez 'Puma')
Isidro Rosas .... second assistant camera (as Isidro Rosas Torres)
Zade Rosenthal .... still photographer
Tim Ross .... first assistant camera
Pablo Ríos .... second assistant camera
Gonzalo Zaragoza Torres .... best boy electric
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician (uncredited)
René Marquéz .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Claudia Becker .... casting: Mexico
Joanne Zaluski .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincenzo Cancellara .... costume supervisor: men
Thomas Casterline .... assistant costume designer
Simonetta Leoncini .... assistant costume designer
Teresa Micocci .... supervising seamstress
Jaime Ortiz .... wardrobe assistant (as Jaime Ortiz Dominguez)
Olga Pagnotta .... wardrobe assistant
Paola Pedricca .... costumer: women
Uliva Pizzetti .... costume supervisor: women
Enrique Villavicencio .... costumer: men
Giovanni Viti .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Melinda Cooke .... apprentice editor
Jorge Firdman .... assistant editor
Pablo Mari .... assistant editor
Lloyd Nelson .... assistant editor
Carlos Patiño .... assistant editor (as Carlos Patino)
Hugo Primero .... assistant editor (as Hugo Alberto Primero)
Kimberly Ray .... assistant editor
Lorraine Salk .... assistant editor
José Antonio Torres .... assistant editor (as Jose Torres)
Music Department
Thomas A. Carlson .... music editor (as Tom Carlson)
Hiram Dordelly de Cenidim .... music recordist
Robert Fernandez .... music mixer (as Bobby Fernandez)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Charles Enzen .... transportation supervisor (as Chuck Enzen)
Margarito Fuentes Gutiérrez .... transportation captain (as Margarito Gutierrez)
Luis Pérez .... transportation captain (as Luis Perez)
Enrique Díaz .... driver (uncredited)
Manuel Paredes Murillo .... driver (uncredited)
Alfonso Paredes .... driver (uncredited)
Lowell D. Smith .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Roland Armstorff .... production assistant
Erika Arteta .... government supervisor
Judy Arthur .... unit publicist
Guillermo 'Memo' Carreno .... production assistant (as Guillermo H. Carreno)
Andrea Coppola .... assistant: Mr. Puenzo
Efren del Moral .... production assistant (as Efren Alberto del Moral)
Jacques Descent .... assistant production auditor (as Jack Descent)
Susan Dukow .... production coordinator (as Susan W. Dukow)
Sean H. Ferrer .... second unit supervisor
Lily Flaschner .... assistant location manager
Emily Gamboa .... production coordinator: Mexico
José Luis García .... production assistant (as Jose Luis Garcia)
Gastone Grassi .... supervising tailor
Jesús Guerrero .... extras coordinator (as Jesus Guerrero)
Jill Gurr .... script supervisor
Ed Hart .... delegate: American Humane Society
Jay Johnson .... title designer
Mara Llantada .... assistant production coordinator
Ana Mérida .... choreographer (as Ana Merida)
Pat Newcomb .... public relations
Sebastián Puenzo .... production assistant (as Sebastian Puenzo)
Anna Roth .... location manager
David N. Schrager .... assistant to second unit supervisor (as David Schrager)
Katherine Silver .... script translator
Roberto Sneider .... assistant location manager
Gordon A. Spencer .... wrangler
Tammy Stockfish .... assistant: Ms. Fonda
Alexandra Stone .... assistant: Mr. Bonfiglio
Simone Study .... assistant: Mr. Bonfiglio
Lydia Telo .... production auditor
Rudy Ugland .... livestock coordinator
Donna Wells .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Jerry Young .... wrangler (as Jerry M. Young)
Raúl Álvarez .... production assistant (as Raul Alvarez)
Emilia Arau .... assistant to unit publicist (uncredited)
'Chico' Hernandez .... wrangler (uncredited)
Debi Karolewski .... assistant: Jane Fonda (uncredited)
Harry Kopoian .... airport liaison: Mexico (uncredited)
Jorge Valdés García .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tessa Davies .... in loving memory of
Jose Hernandez and the Mariachi Sol de Mexico .... special thanks
Marcos Loya .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Japan:120 min | USA:119 min
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According to the American Humane Association, the scene involving the shooting of General Arroyo's horse had no humane representative present but the AHA spoke with Gregory Peck, who was present during the entire filming of the scene. Peck described in great detail how the shocking effect was achieved, and assured the AHA that the horse, Twister, was not harmed. The AHA went to the California ranch where Twister is kept so that we could observe him recreate his specialty fall. Twister performed beautifully and is in excellent condition.See more »
Errors in geography: 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 »
La Garduna:When gentlemen start talking about principles, we poor people lose what we don't even have!See more »


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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A journey of a beginning and an end, 16 March 2004
Author: Dana Wang from Taipei, Taiwan

In 1913, Harriet Winslow (Jane Fonda) is hired by a Mexican family as a governess, but she then is kidnapped by Gen Tomas Arroyo (Jimmy Smits) and along with other revolutionaries. She also meets Ambrose Bierce (Gregory Peck), who conceals his true identity and who is ready to die on this foreign land. The three of them form a love triangle, Harriet becomes Tomas's lover and her affection towards Bierce is rather like a daughter to a father. But when Tomas invades the house of Miranda, where his birth father, the master, rapes his mother and where his shoots Mr Miranda dead when he is seventeen, he becomes so haunted by his past and obsessed with the old papers. As he befriends Bierce, he also turns into a ruthless commander. In the end, things get tragic- Harriet is determined to fulfill Bierce' dying wish of not being publicised and Tomas has to face his ultimate punishment. Harriet now is the sole survivor who remembers her two beloved men. 'He said I would forget. But how could I not remember?'

I really like this film. Jimmy Smits is excellent as the tormented general and Gregory Peck was marvellous as the disillusioned writer and journalist. Jane Fonda is not too bad. The direction is okay, the story is very poignant and twisted. All in all, a nicely done drama.

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