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Savage Pampas (1966)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Western | July 1967 (USA)
In the late 1800's, an army captain tries to tame the open plains of Argentina which are dominated by Indians and bandits. To help do this, the captain brings in a party of women to keep his soldiers happy.

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Hugo Fregonese

Writers:

Hugo Fregonese (screenplay), John Melson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Taylor ... Capt. Martín
Mario Lozano Mario Lozano ... Santiago
Felicia Roc Felicia Roc ... Camila Ometio (as Fela Roque)
Ángel del Pozo ... Lt. Del Río
Susana Mara Susana Mara ... Sarita
Ron Randell ... Padrón
Enrique Ávila ... Petizo
Laura Granados ... Carmen
Milo Quesada ... Alfonso
Charles Fawcett Charles Fawcett ... Pvt. El Gato (as Carlos Fawcett)
Héctor Quiroga Héctor Quiroga ... Pvt. Pepe
Lucía Prado ... Chiquito
Juan Carlos Galván Juan Carlos Galván ... Isidro
Marc Lawrence ... Sgt. Barril
George Rigaud ... Old Man
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In the late 1800's, an army captain tries to tame the open plains of Argentina which are dominated by Indians and bandits. To help do this, the captain brings in a party of women to keep his soldiers happy.

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Never had the peaceful Pampas witnessed such raw emotions...Never had men fought with such violence for their women!


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Country:

Spain | Argentina | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pampa salvaje See more »

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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James Mason was originally announced to star in the film. See more »

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Remake of Pampa bárbara (1945) See more »

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Soldiers on the Pampas have needs
7 December 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Savage Pampas is a film with an unusual setting for the English speaking world, the pampas plains of Argentina at the end of the 19th century. The film is based on a novel Pampa Barbera and was filmed in Argentina before.

Robert Taylor is a captain in command of a garrison on the frontier, a whole lot like the American West. But he's having some big troubles. Taylor has a morale problem at the fort, the men are deserting him bit by bit because outlaw chief Ron Randell gives them an outlet for their sexual frustration, women. It's strictly stag at Taylor's post no matter how much he tries to convince the high command in Buenos Aires that his men have needs. It's also to be remembered that most of the men aren't the best quality around. They're not king and country volunteers as Clark Gable put it in Mutiny on the Bounty. In fact a whole lot of them are criminals and were given the choice of the army or prison.

Finally he does convince higher ups that some women are essential for morale, so Taylor is given an assignment of escorting some prostitutes let out for that purpose. Of course all this leads up to the inevitable showdown between Taylor and Randell.

Taylor in his one and only appearance in a spaghetti western covers some familiar ground. In Westward the Women he escorts some brides to be across the American west. He's the stern and rugged Taylor we've come to know in his later films, tough, but compassionate.

The film was photographed in Spain and two other American actors appear in it with Taylor. Marc Lawrence is a sergeant in Taylor's command and Ty Hardin plays an anarchist newspaper editor who accompanies the prostitutes because he's been given a choice, army or jail. Hardin has some biting lines, some of the best in the film and he makes the most of them.

It must have been an interesting set on Savage Pampas. On one hand we have Robert Taylor who was a friendly witness at the House Un American Activities Committee. And also Marc Lawrence who's career suffered the effects of the blacklist. I imagine things must have been tense.

Other than knowing about Evita Peron and her husband, Argentina or for that matter Latin America in general, is not a history that most Americans are taught. It's still said that Argentina is a frontier country built around a capital city. This picture shows a slice of their frontier life you might not normally be exposed to.

For that reason I recommend seeing Savage Pampas. For that reason and because it's one of the last films of one of Hollywood's truly great stars who in his last years was somewhat at sea due to the decline of the studio system.


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