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Barbarosa (1982)

PG | | Western | 19 February 1982 (USA)
A young cowboy hooks up with a legendary outlaw, and before long both are on the run from the law.

Director:

Fred Schepisi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willie Nelson ... Barbarosa
Gary Busey ... Karl Westover
Isela Vega ... Josephina
Gilbert Roland ... Don Braulio
Danny De La Paz Danny De La Paz ... Eduardo
Alma Martinez ... Juanita (as Alma Martínez)
George Voskovec ... Herman Pahmeyer
Sharon Compton Sharon Compton ... Hilda
Howland Chamberlain ... Emil
Harry Caesar ... Sims
Wolf Muser ... Floyd
Kai Wulff ... Otto
Roberto Contreras ... Cantina Owner
Luis Contreras ... Angel
Itasco Wilson Itasco Wilson ... Mattie
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Storyline

Karl Westover, an inexperienced farm boy, runs away after unintentionally killing a neighbor, whose family pursues him for vengeance. He meets Barbarosa, a gunman of near-mythical proportions, who is himself in danger from his father-in-law Don Braulio, a wealthy Mexican rancher. Don Braulio wants Barbarosa dead for marrying his daughter against the father's will. Barbarosa reluctantly takes the clumsy Karl on as a partner, as both of them look to survive the forces lining up against them. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Outlaw ... The Outcast ... and the Legend that was bigger than both of them. See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Producer Paul N. Lazarus III hired Australian director Fred Schepisi based on Schepisi's earlier film The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978) which had been described as being like an Australian western. The film had played in competition at Cannes where Lazarus saw it. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the race contestants approach the finish line where Willie and Gary have stopped to watch, just as the riders round the curve to the finish, you can see a farm tractor pulling something behind the racers. See more »

Quotes

Barbarosa: I don't kill for amusement... man, or rabbit.
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Connections

Edited into Voskovec & Werich - paralelní osudy (2012) See more »

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Wonderful, underrated.
31 March 2004 | by tbyronSee all my reviews

I've seen this movie several times over the years, since it first came out on VHS. All of the people in and behind this movie should do more movies like this, again...Schepisi has the confidence to let this story tell itself at its in own pace. Although the plot may seem to skip over key details, I really feel that Schepisi was only trusting in the audience's intelligence and ability to piece the puzzle together. The way he presents the different approaches of the families' blood rivalries is particularly subtle . Busey is amazingly lively. Nelson and Roland each have great screen presences, are good throughout, but particularly in their one scene together. I enjoy this movie everytime I see it.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barbarosa See more »

Filming Locations:

Fredericksburg, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$285,312, 21 February 1982

Gross USA:

$1,736,123

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,736,123
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Todd-AO)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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