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Viva Max (1969)

G | | Comedy | December 1969 (USA)
When his girlfriend tells him that his men wouldn't follow him to a house of ill repute, Max, a general in the Mexican army decides to perform some great act of heroism. He takes his men ... See full summary »

Director:

Jerry Paris

Writers:

Jim Lehrer (novel) (as James Lehrer), Elliott Baker (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Ustinov ... General Maximilian Rodrigues De Santos
Pamela Tiffin ... Paula Whitland
Jonathan Winters ... General Billy Joe Hallson
John Astin ... Sergeant Valdez
Keenan Wynn ... General Lacomber
Harry Morgan ... Chief of Police Sylvester
Alice Ghostley ... Hattie
Kenneth Mars ... Dr. Sam Gillison
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Edna Miller
Bill McCutcheon ... Desmond Miller
Gino Conforti ... Contreras
Christopher Ross Christopher Ross ... Gomez
Larry Hankin ... Romero
Paul Sand ... Moreno
Don Diamond ... Hernandez
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Storyline

When his girlfriend tells him that his men wouldn't follow him to a house of ill repute, Max, a general in the Mexican army decides to perform some great act of heroism. He takes his men over the border into Texas and re-captures the Alamo. This upsets the Texans greatly. The Texas National Guard is sent to retake the mission. Normally this would be easy as Max's men have left all of their ammunition back in Mexico, but the State department insists that no one be killed and so the National Guard also goes in with unloaded weapons. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Some heroes are born...some are made...some are mistakes See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Viva Max! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Due to protests from locals when they found out about the film's plot--the Mexican army recapturing the Alamo--production was halted, although some major scenes had already been shot inside the Alamo. These keys scenes were The Tour, The Climbing of the Barrack Wall, and the Sacristy. The company was only allowed to film scenes up to the front gate after production was halted. The scene where John Astin replaced the flag was filmed on a Hollywood business street. The scene in CBS Television's city back lot was also used in The Omega Man (1971). See more »

Goofs

Max tells the border agent he and his men are headed to Laredo. Max would know Laredo is just 300 feet from the Mexico-Texas border, and can be accessed from the Laredo Convent Avenue Port of Entry. However, the border crossing Max leads his men to is in the middle of nowhere. See more »

Quotes

Mexican Soldier: Halt, who goes there, please?
[to General Hallson on the other side of the door]
General Billy Joe Hallson: John Wayne!
Mexican Soldier: [opens door] Richard Widmark!
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Crazy Credits

"All persons mentioned in this story are completely fictitious except for: Davy Crockett Col. William B. Travis James Bowie John Wayne and Richard Widmark" is the first credit to appear. See more »

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References The Alamo (1960) See more »

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Politically Correctness Takes a Well Deserved Beating
7 February 2001 | by GidgetSee all my reviews

If you love Jonathan Winters, Harry Morgan and Peter Ustinov you shouldn't miss this send up to nationalism and its short comings. However, if you find jokes about KKK members, who can't find white sheets because the local merchant only carries flower printed bedding, offensive then maybe this film is not for you.

As a former Texan who loves and can still laugh at some of the larger than life historical figures that make up the Texas Mystic, I can only say this was a fun film, and should not be missed even if it never makes it to DVD. I recalled this film fondly when watching the history textbook discussion at the beginning of Lone Star, and during my many viewings of Miss Congeniality too. This one's not only for those who have been to the Alamo, but will be extra fun for those who have.


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