Mexican rebel Pancho Villa leads a revolution helped by an American aviator imprisoned in Mexico.Mexican rebel Pancho Villa leads a revolution helped by an American aviator imprisoned in Mexico.Mexican rebel Pancho Villa leads a revolution helped by an American aviator imprisoned in Mexico.
Yul Brynner with added hair stars as Pancho Villa the great Mexican revolutionary with fiery passion, cunning, pig headedness and some romance as well. Robert Mitchum is a soldier of fortune with a biplane, a pilot who supplies the Mexican army with weapons, but is gradually forced to join the rebellious side after he is caught up with Villa and a Mexican beauty. Mitchum is laconic and nonchalant but we do get to see him drop homemade bombs from the plane.
More impressive is Charles Bronson as Villa's right hand enforcer who clearly enjoys slaughtering people with style and some humour. Even shoots three people with one bullet in order to be economical.
Herbert Lom and Fernando Rey round up the Mexicans also bring political intrigue to the table.
The film was shot in Spain and it starts out as intriguing but it is uneven. The film varies in tone with some comedy but then you have some villagers getting slaughtered, others being executed and women being raped. There are some good action sequences but the film is too messy as its does not have a coherent narrative.
- Jul 28, 2014