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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
A lovely romp...., 26 July 2005
Author: fidraisle-1 from United Kingdom
I remember the television series when I was a kid, it wasn't shown on
television very often, as it was a bit controversial even back in the
70's, but even then, I remember it was a bit more comical than any of
the other westerns. And when a 12 year old can tell the
difference...that's not good.
This new version is fun. Cheech Marin as Poncho is simply brilliant casting. Jimmy Smits might not be the best choice as the Cisco Kid (Johnny Depp would have been a much better choice, and probably a bit more believable.) Less believable were the women's costumes and some of the uniforms (I crave your pardon, I study historical costuming...and believe me, it's not difficult to find references or even patterns with very little effort, on the other hand it likely took a LOT of effort to get it wrong.) But I ENJOYED the film. It was as much fun (or more) than the old black and white episodes I used to watch on TV on a Saturday afternoon. The first thing I did when I finished watching "The Cisco Kid" on video was re-wind it and watch it all over again. There are some movies that are just fun, and this is one of them.
6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Fun Spoof of the Classic character, 20 February 2004
Author: tonybanderson from Reno Nevada
A fun spoof of the classic Movie/TV/Book character featuring Jimmy Smits in the title role as a rebel who has the hero role pressed upon him. Cheech Marin does a credible Pancho, and joins with the band War in a great rendition of their hit "The Cisco Kid". The initial TV release featured a music video of Cheech and the Band that was an advertisement for the movie that was lost too soon, probably never to be seen again. A real shame! It was a highlight of the release. Smits is surprisingly good in the swordfights. Oh, Cisco! Oh, Pancho!
4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
On par with the best of the Cisco Kids of the past!, 27 April 2007
Author: ozthegreatat42330 from Central City, Kentucky
This is not an academy award winner by any means, but it has all of the elements that has kept these characters popular for more than a century, since they were invented Willian Sydney Porter (who wrote under the name of O' Henry). Cisco and Pancho are certainly his most enduring creations, having appeared in films since the early days of the silent films. Probably the best known pair of actors in the roles were Duncan Reynaldo and Leo G, Carillo from both forties movies, and then many years on the small screen. But this film adequately captured their essence and struck just the right note with Jimmy Smits as Cisco, and the always enjoyable Cheech Moran as Pancho. This was the first time I had seen a back story, as it were, about how these two fighters for justice came together. The even got the period right. The only really jarring role was Ron Pearlman attempting to be a Frenchman. I'm sorry but he just doesn't pull it off very believably. The film is a lot of fun though and worth a visit.
1 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Hey, Cisco!...Hey, Pancho!... Oh forget it!, 31 October 2000
Author: Rupert-17 from Australia
Jimmy Smits is an actor that never seems to grab hold of a role and tear it apart. As the Cisco Kid, he grins and struts his way through a part which, to be fair to Smits, is given the comic book treatment by the producers. The script is weak and the action laborious and uninspired, and in many ways the narrative parallels the Zorro escapades where a fictitious character is loosely connected to an important historical period in North American history. However, it is unlikely that an egotistical opportunist like Cisco would be associated with Juarez's revolutionary ousting of the French from Mexico or that the peasants would look up to the type of man that Cisco represents, especially as his heroics are predicated on his desire to bed the lovely Dominique- a French woman and one of the colonial invaders who just can't believe how badly the locals have been treated by all her relatives. Cheech Marin as Pancho is good and the talented Sadie Frost is much wasted in this slight production. The television series of the Fifties did it much better - 4/10.
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