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Old Gringo (1989)

When school teacher Harriet Winslow goes to Mexico to teach, she is kidnapped by Gen. Tomas Arroyo and his revolutionaries. An aging American, Ambrose "Old Gringo" Bierce also in Mexico, ... See full summary »

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Luis Puenzo

Writers:

Carlos Fuentes (novel), Aída Bortnik (screenplay) (as Aida Bortnik) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Harriet Winslow
Gregory Peck ... Bitter
Jimmy Smits ... Arroyo
Patricio Contreras ... Col. Frutos Garcia
Jenny Gago ... La Garduna
Gabriela Roel Gabriela Roel ... La Luna
Sergio Calderón ... Zacarias (as Sergio Calderon)
Guillermo Ríos Guillermo Ríos ... Monsalvo (as Guillermo Rios)
Jim Metzler ... Ron
Samuel Valadez De La Torre Samuel Valadez De La Torre ... Consul Saunders
Anne Pitoniak Anne Pitoniak ... Mrs. Winslow
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Pancho Villa (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Stanley Grover Stanley Grover ... Gen. Saunders
Josefina Echánove ... Clementina (as Josefina Echanove)
Pedro Damián ... Capt. Ovando (as Pedro Damian)
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Storyline

When school teacher Harriet Winslow goes to Mexico to teach, she is kidnapped by Gen. Tomas Arroyo and his revolutionaries. An aging American, Ambrose "Old Gringo" Bierce also in Mexico, befriends Gen. Arroyo and meets Harriet. Bierce is a famous writer, who knowing that he is dying, wishes to keep his identity secret so he can determine his own fate. Though he likes Arroyo, Bierce tries to provoke the General's anger whenever possible in an attempt to get himself killed, thus avoiding suffering through his illness. Winslow is intrigued by both Bierce and Arroyo, and the men are in turn attracted to her. She becomes romantically involved with Arroyo. When Winslow learns of Bierce's true identity (a writer whose work she has loved and respected for years), she is singlemindedly determined to fulfill his dying wish. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>

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A woman inspired by a man of dreams swept into the arms of a general, and drawn into a worlds of danger. See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gringo viejo See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,574,256
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the American Humane Association, the scene involving the shooting of General Arroyo's horse had no humane representative present but the AHA spoke with Gregory Peck, who was present during the entire filming of the scene. Peck described in great detail how the shocking effect was achieved, and assured the AHA that the horse, Twister, was not harmed. The AHA went to the California ranch where Twister is kept so that we could observe him recreate his specialty fall. Twister performed beautifully and is in excellent condition. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie as Harriet Winslow is crossing the Rio Grande, the river flows from right to left. If she were actually crossing the border from Mexico to America (northward), the river would flow from left to right (eastward). See more »

Quotes

Ambrose Bierce: It isn't easy at my age to bring together the opportunity, the desire and the energy.
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Connections

Referenced in American Dad!: Camp Refoogee (2006) See more »

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Start the revolution without me!
6 September 2010 | by brefaneSee all my reviews

Mix a sexually repressed teacher(Fonda),a fiery revolutionary(Smits), and a dying author(Peck) with hundreds of Mexican extras, mariachi's, romance, pretty photography and you've got Old Stinko: a boring, lackluster cliché ridden waste of time for all involved. Essentially, it's The Rainmaker(56) set against the background of the Mexican Revolution. This misbegotten project lacks a purpose for being and never really involves the audience. Smits is cliché but less ridiculous than the other 2 characters who suck the life out of the movie and get in the way of the background which while pretty and pleasing to the eye is too pretty and overblown for the sketchy story being told. Peck plays Ambrose Bierce like Atticus Finch, and the scenes between he and Fonda recall Atticus and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. As the wide eyed pupil/teacher Fonda is unconvincing and embarrassing, and Peck is a hollow bore. The people involved in this project should have asked themselves Why will audiences care? They didn't, and the film was a box office and critical disappointment. Just ignore it, and it will go away.


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