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Bandolero! (1968)

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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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Details

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)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,000,000, 31 December 1968
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first appearance of a character known as Sheriff July Johnson, played by George Kennedy. Writer Larry McMurtry used this name in Lonesome Dove (1989), with the Sheriff's this time played by Chris Cooper. See more »

Goofs

After the sheriff has captured the Bishop brothers, Maria's right arm is across her waist. The camera immediately goes to a closeup of her and her right hand is dropping from her throat. See more »

Quotes

Maria Stoner: I thought he was your friend?
Dee Bishop: He is, but that don't make him any less disgusting. You take Pop, for instance. He was due to be shot the day he was born. And that heart of his is nothing more but a festering sore.
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Alternate Versions

16 secs of cuts were made to the UK video version to reduce the attempted rape of Maria by the bandit leader. The cuts were waived for the 2005 DVD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Naked Angels (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Leather Britches
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Arranged by Cyril J. Mockridge
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All-star western made big money in 1968, now a faded hit...
11 June 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

"Bandolero!" is a time-filler which has been appropriately relegated to the late-late show, although it was one of the top-grossing moneymakers of 1968. Despite a solid cast, it's a formula western with the actors going through the motions. James Stewart does have the rare opportunity to play a bad guy (albeit a decent bad guy), while Dean Martin, also a villain, is improbably cast as Jimmy's brother! George Kennedy is the salt-of-the-earth sheriff who tries bringing them in, and his love for kidnapped Raquel Welch is rather touching (she's an easy presence on the screen). Too bad the movie has so little energy; the violence (including several shootouts and a bloody attack by Mexican bandits) is surprisingly vicious for a star-driven western, but otherwise it's a lazy, middle-of-the-road effort. **1/2 from ****


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