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Bandolero! (1968)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 1 June 1968 (USA)
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Mace Bishop masquerades as a hangman in order to save his outlaw brother from the gallows, runs to Mexico chased by the Sheriff's posse and fights against Mexican bandits.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

James Lee Barrett (screenplay), Stanley Hough (story) (as Stanley L. Hough)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart ... Mace Bishop
Dean Martin ... Dee Bishop
Raquel Welch ... Maria Stoner
George Kennedy ... Sheriff July Johnson
Andrew Prine ... Deputy Sheriff Roscoe Bookbinder
Will Geer ... Pop Chaney
Clint Ritchie ... Babe Jenkins
Denver Pyle ... Muncie Carter
Tom Heaton ... Joe Chaney
Rudy Diaz ... Angel
Sean McClory ... Robbie O'Hare
Harry Carey Jr. ... Cort Hayjack (as Harry Carey)
Don 'Red' Barry ... Jack Hawkins (as Donald Barry)
Guy Raymond ... Ossie Grimes
Perry Lopez ... Frisco
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Storyline

Posing as a hangman, Mace Bishop arrives in town with the intention of freeing a gang of outlaws, including his brother, from the gallows. Mace urges his younger brother to give up crime. The sheriff chases the brothers to Mexico. They join forces, however, against a group of Mexican bandits. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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There are "Westerns" and "Westerns". Every now and then comes a NEW kind of Western. This is "BANDOLERO!".


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bandolero! See more »

Filming Locations:

Lee's Ferry, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,450,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dean Martin and George Kennedy appeared in The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) and Airport (1970). See more »

Goofs

The REAL hangman, Ossie Grimes (Guy Raymond) sings "Bringing In The Sheaves" as he rides alone towards Val Verde, but the song hadn't been written yet in 1867. He sang the 1874 lyrics by Knowles Shaw to the 1880 melody by George Minor. See more »

Quotes

Mace Bishop: Why do you ride with men like these?
Dee Bishop: Oh, I don't know. I just got used to it, I guess, through the years. You begin one way, you keep going that way, and pretty soon there's no other way.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. 16 secs of cuts were made to the UK video version for release in 1988 to reduce the attempted rape of Maria by the bandit leader. The cuts were waived for the 2005 DVD. See more »

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Bringing in the Sheaves
(uncredited)
Written by George A. Minor and Knowles Shaw
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A Fun Western, With A Valuable Lesson To Be Learned
28 November 2007 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

An entertaining Western whose major selling points are a winning cast and beautiful outdoor photography, 1968's "Bandolero!" proved an easy 100 minutes for me to sit through. In it, James Stewart rescues brother Dean Martin and his sleazy gang from a neck-stretching party in 1867 Texas, after Dino & Co.'s botched bank robbery. They hightail it over the Mexican border with the recently widowed "vistoso" Mexican Raquel Welch as their hostage, while sheriff George Kennedy and his posse follow in hot pursuit. Truth be told, Kennedy is more hot for Raquel than the pursuit of justice, and who wouldn't be? Racky, 28 here and at the peak of her sex goddess phase, looks terrific, and acts very passably. She makes for a very convincing Mexican (although, in real life, her father was Bolivian and her mother of English descent). Stewart (need it even be said?) is fine as always, and supplies much of the film's humor with his double takes and slowpoke delivery. This is no Anthony Mann Western, however, and Stewart was ever so much more impressive in oaters such as "Winchester '73" (1950) and especially "The Naked Spur" (1953). Dino, it should be added, is also fine as a decent guy who just can't seem to make good. "Bandolero!" also features some amusing lesser characters (particularly that hangman!) and a surprisingly gritty and quite violent conclusion. It's no Peckinpah bloodbath, but following what is essentially a fun, lighthearted Western, it does shake the viewer. Lesson to be learned: Don't press your sexual "favors" on a Mexican woman if she's anywhere near a six-shooter!


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