MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,073 this week

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | History  -  7 September 2003 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 2,496 users  
Reviews: 31 user | 10 critic

Hollywood makes a deal with Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa to film his war and recreate his life.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $9.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 02 Dec 2010
 
a list of 31 titles
created 29 Aug 2011
 
list image
a list of 41 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 27 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 31 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (TV Movie 2003)

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (TV Movie 2003) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself.
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Pancho Villa (1972)
Biography | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa is double-crossed in an arms deal planned by his comrade Scotty. Villa and Scotty plot a raid on a U.S. cavalry fort in retaliation.

Director: Eugenio Martín
Stars: Telly Savalas, Clint Walker, Chuck Connors
Two Much (1995)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A young gallerist is in love with two sisters at the same time. In order to solve the problem he decides to invent his own twin-brother.

Director: Fernando Trueba
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

Tasked with destroying each other, an FBI agent and a rogue DIA agent soon discover that there's a much bigger enemy at work.

Director: Wych Kaosayananda
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Lucy Liu, Talisa Soto
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Antonio Banderas and Emma Thompson star in this gripping political thriller about a man with the power to see the fate of missing people - with the exception of his own beloved wife.

Director: Christopher Hampton
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Emma Thompson, Rubén Blades
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Directors: Bruce Beresford, Geoff Burton
Stars: Lucy Bell, Phil Gerlach, Paul Mercurio
Evita (1996)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Madonna, Jonathan Pryce, Antonio Banderas
Puzzle (1986)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A bank robbery goes wrong. The robbers, two of them unemployed family men, take two hostages, one of them needing heart medication, and leave them in an apartment, tied to a bomb. The ... See full summary »

Director: Lluís Josep Comerón
Stars: Patxi Andión, Carme Elias, Héctor Alterio
Life of Villa (1912)
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Although some scenes were re-enacted after the fact, this is a real documentary on the struggle of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa to overthrow dictator Porfirio Díaz . Directors Christy... See full summary »

Director: Christy Cabanne
Stars: Pancho Villa, Don Luis Terrazas
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Directors: Christy Cabanne, Raoul Walsh
Stars: Irene Hunt, W.H. Lawrence, Walter Long
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Stars: Antonio Banderas
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Gerardo Vera
Stars: Ángela Molina, Antonio Banderas, Imanol Arias
Terra Nova (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Calogero Salvo
Stars: Marisa Laurito, Antonio Banderas, Mimí Lazo
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Frank Thayer
...
Sam Drebben
...
Harry Aitken
...
John Reed
...
William Christy Cabanne
...
...
Teddy Sampson
...
William Benton (as Anthony Stewart Head)
...
...
Eli Morton
Cosme Alberto ...
Abraham Sanchez
...
...
Don Luis Terrazas (as Pedro Armendáriz)
...
Priest
Edit

Storyline

Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa (Antonio Banderas) finds himself without adequate funding to finance his war against the military-run government. He also finds himself at odds with the Americans because of the Hearst media empire's press campaign against him. To counter both of these, he sends emissaries to movie producers to convince them to pay to film his progress and the actual battles. Producer D.W. Griffith (Colm Feore) becomes interested and sends Frank Thayer (Eion Bailey) with a film crew to develop film reels. Thayer becomes horrified and fascinated by the bandit. He finds an enigmatic individual that is both ghoulishly brutal and charmingly captivating. The resulting film became the first feature length movie, introducing scores of Americans to the true horrors of war that they had never personally seen. Thayer sold the studios on making the film despite their concerns that no one would sit through a movie longer than 1 hour by convincing them that they could raise the ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Lights. Camera. Revolution.


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pancho Villa  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The original film The Life of General Villa (1914) the second film made about Villa's life by the Mutual Film Company has been lost, but some unedited film reels of the battle of Ojinaga (January 1914), showing Pancho Villa and his army fighting Federal forces, as well as photographs and publicity stills taken from the original film does still exist. See more »

Goofs

Griffith is shown to be making a short western in New York in 1914. It is a very cloudy and overcast day. In reality, Griffith has already moved his stock company out to California by then, plus he would have known not to shoot on such a cloudy day (there would not be enough light for the exposure). He also did not film any westerns in 1914, and would have been at work on The Battle of the Sexes at this time. See more »

Quotes

Frank Thayer: [Frank Thayer and Teddy Sampson are lying inside a tent after having sex] I've had this scene written in my head from the moment I first lay eyes on you.
Teddy Sampson: Did I do OK? Do you want to try one more take?
Frank Thayer: You sure its not too late?
Teddy Sampson: Ooh, I'm sure not!
[Frank lays on top of her and they continue to have sex]
Frank Thayer: Onward and upward, thats the ticket.
[kisses Frank]
Frank Thayer: That's what mom told me.
See more »

Connections

References The Life of General Villa (1914) See more »

Soundtracks

Tierra Mestiza
Written by Gerardo Tamez
Perforrmed by Los Toenegritas
Courtesy of Directóra del Toenegre
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A movie about a movie
7 September 2003 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Every hero is guilty of some atrocities, and Pancho Villa was no exception. Antonio Banderas delivers a convincing performance as a complicated man who had the brilliance to use the majesty of his own personality to help finance a peasant revolution in Mexico.

As docudramas go, this one is very well balanced ... it reveals the darker side of a legend, the people who tried to manipulate him, and the people he manipulated. Although the original film, the making of which is the heart of this story, has been lost to the ages, it is nonetheless a moving story.

How much is history and how much is Hollywood? Who can say? All I know is that I was more impressed than I expected to be, and more than just being entertained and educated, I was given a lot of food for thought. I sincerely hope that a Spanish language version of this will be available so that the people of Mexico can learn a different version of his story than the one that is in the books in their schools.

This was two hours of my life that I'm glad I spent in front of the screen, and I thank everyone involved for the experience. It is not the best movie I've seen this year, nor will it ever be on my Top Ten list, but it *IS* a very good example of what cinema *SHOULD* be, and all too often is not ... a thought provoking drama that tells a slightly different story than the one we thought we knew.


19 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Revolutionary Hero or Fearsome Dictator? BarrisFan1201
Reed was twice the Revolutionary Villa were GoldEagle
D.W. Griffith or Griffin fanmoviefan
War on Villa/War on Terror grievingforgrace
What the hell is this? box-score
Eion Bailey GTMovieLover

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?