MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 219 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 2,507 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

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 42 titles
created 21 Nov 2011
 
a list of 40 images
created 04 Nov 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 05 Dec 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 10 Aug 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 4 weeks 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.

User Polls

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
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
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
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
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
The Body (2001)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A crucified body dated back to the 1st century A.D is uncovered at an ancient cave in Jerusalem. Trouble ensues as word spreads.

Director: Jonas McCord
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Olivia Williams, John Shrapnel
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Juan Miñón
Stars: Francisco Rabal, Antonio Banderas, Emma Suárez
    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
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young thief, seeking revenge over the death of his brother, is trained by the once great, but aged Zorro, who is also seeking a vengeance of his own.

Director: Martin Campbell
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Outrage (1993)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Ana is an equestrian sharpshooter for a one ring circus in Madrid for a week. Marcos is a reporter doing a Sunday supplement piece. He interviews her and she invites him to dinner with the ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Francesca Neri, Antonio Banderas, Eulàlia Ramon
Villa Rides (1968)
War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Mexican rebel Pancho Villa lead a revolution helped by an American aviator imprisonned in Mexico.

Director: Buzz Kulik
Stars: Yul Brynner, Robert Mitchum, Maria Grazia Buccella
Thriller

A young salesman befriends an ex special forces officer who insists on helping him get ahead -- with deadly consequences.

Director: Bruce Beresford
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 ...
...
...
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 first film produced about Pancho Villa was Life of Villa (1912), produced by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. See more »

Goofs

Irene Hunt was twenty-two years old in 1914. In the real film, she played one of two sisters (this film shows only Teddy Sampson playing one of them), not Villa's mother. 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 Life of Villa (1912) See more »

Soundtracks

Rosalia
Performed by Tuna Normalista de Dan Miguel de Allende, Guanajuayo
Courtesy of Discos Imagen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
This isn't a typical TV movie with card board characters and unrealistic drama.
19 May 2005 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

That the movies are a perfect way of making propaganda isn't new. The Germans used it very often during the Second World War and even in more recent times it has been used to make publicity for the army (remember the boom of young men who wanted to join the US Air Force after seeing "Top Gun"). But that Pancho Villa already used it during his Mexican Revolution between 1912-1916 is something special. And don't think that this has been made up by some smart Hollywood wise guys who thought that this might be a nice story and an easy way to make a lot of money. No, this actually happened. If you don't believe me: just type Pancho Villa in the IMDb search box and check his filmography. You'll see that there have been several movies made with him in a leading role. Too bad that they are all lost.

But no problem, we still have HBO, a company that is known for its good quality work when it comes to historical projects (think for instance of "Band of Brothers" and "Citizen X"). This time they have recreated the actual events of the film crews that had an exclusive deal with Pancho Villa and that followed him during the different battles with the federal Mexican army. They show how the studio payed big money (which Villa used to fund his revolution with), so they could introduce Villa (as a good man, but also as a merciless villain), his revolution and the war the way the American public had never seen it before. All this resulted in the very first feature length movie in history.

When you are interested in the history behind the Mexican Revolution, than this is definitely a movie you shouldn't miss. But even when that subject doesn't appeal to you all that much, you should give it a try, because it's also very interesting to see how the movie studio's worked at the time and how a movie was shot. OK, you don't get to see the actual movie from 1912, but you get a very good idea of how it all worked. And the fact that this is a TV movie certainly doesn't mean that the battles don't look real or that the characters seem to be made out of cardboard.

Next to the 'historical' value of this movie and the interesting story, I also want to point out that Antonio Banderas did an excellent job portraying Pancho Villa. There are perhaps people who don't agree with me, but personally I find this his best and most convincing role ever. The other actors did a very good job as well, but in my in my opinion he was the best.

All in all this may not be a masterpiece, but it certainly is worth a watch. Don't be scared off by the label TV that you find behind the title. This isn't a typical, extremely dramatic TV movie, but a very decent and strong historical drama. I reward this movie with a 7.5/10.


6 of 10 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
What the hell is this? box-score
War on Villa/War on Terror grievingforgrace
Eion Bailey GTMovieLover

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?