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And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)

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Hollywood makes a deal with Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa to film his war and recreate his life.

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Larry Gelbart
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... Pancho Villa
Eion Bailey ... Frank Thayer
Alan Arkin ... Sam Drebben
Jim Broadbent ... Harry Aitken
Matt Day ... John Reed
Michael McKean ... William Christy Cabanne
Colm Feore ... D.W. Griffith
Alexa Davalos ... Teddy Sampson
Anthony Head ... William Benton (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Kyle Chandler ... Raoul Walsh
Saul Rubinek ... Eli Morton
Cosme Alberto Cosme Alberto ... Abraham Sanchez
Damián Alcázar ... Gen. Rodolfo Fierro
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Don Luis Terrazas (as Pedro Armendáriz)
Fernando Becerril ... Priest
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Storyline

Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa (Antonio Banderas) finds himself without adequate funding to finance his war against the military-run government. He also finds himself at odds with the Americans because of the Hearst media empire's press campaign against him. To counter both of these, he sends emissaries to movie producers to convince them to pay to film his progress and the actual battles. Producer D.W. Griffith (Colm Feore) becomes interested and sends Frank Thayer (Eion Bailey) with a film crew to develop film reels. Thayer becomes horrified and fascinated by the bandit. He finds an enigmatic individual that is both ghoulishly brutal and charmingly captivating. The resulting film became the first feature length movie, introducing scores of Americans to the true horrors of war that they had never personally seen. Thayer sold the studios on making the film despite their concerns that no one would sit through a movie longer than 1 hour by convincing them that they could raise the ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Lights. Camera. Revolution.


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Official Sites:

HBO Films

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2003 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Guanajuato, Mexico See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Pedro Armendáriz Jr., who plays Don Luis Terrazas, played Pancho Villa in Old Gringo (1989) and is the son of Pedro Armendáriz, who also played Pancho Villa in several Mexican movies. See more »

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During the battle of Torreon scene, night falls and we see a moon that is half full (1st quarter). The date is given as 30 March 1914, but on that date, the moon was a crescent and would not be half full until several days later on 4 April 1914. See more »

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Sam Drebben: Another day, another dollar.
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Featured in The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2004) See more »

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Tierra Mestiza
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Performed by Tuna Normalista de Dan Miguel de Allende, Guanajuayo
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Antonio Banderas makes an insightful portrayal of the Mexican revolutionary leader
5 June 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film chronicles about the title role,the Mexican bandit and guerrilla leader, with broadened focus on the filming his life and actual war.Mexican revolutionary urges funds to finance the battles against the Huertas government.Great director D.W.Griffith(Colm Feore)sends Frank Thayer(Eion Bailey)and crew as Raoul Walsh(Kyle Chandler) pull off the shooting the events around Pancho Villa.Thayer converts annoyed and disappointed by the rebel.

This vibrant film an uneven rehash of Pancho Villa legend including strong violence,profanities,epics battles and bloody scenes. Antonio Banderas plays the famous and rowdy bandit,he is perfect in title role.Remainder casting is frankly well:Alan Arkin,Colm Feore(Griffith),Michel McKean,Kyle Chandler..Another films about Villa feats are : the classic ¨Viva Villa¨with Wallace Beery,forever belongs this role;¨Villa¨with Rodolfo Hoyos and Brian Keith; ¨Villa riders¨with Yul Brynner,¨Pancho Villa¨with Telly Savalas and Clint Walker.

The picture is based on true events,thus : Pancho Villa born in Chihuahua with the name Doroteo Arango,from his peasant upbringing he became an outlaw in his youth and adopted the name Francisco Villa from another outlaw.He played a leading role in the Mexican Revolution(1910-1920),winning many victories (as Torreon battle narrated in the film).For a time Villa,who seemed in line for leadership of Mexico,enjoyed the agreeable interest of the United States government;but William Randolph Hearsts media empire's press campaign against him and USA authorities then dropped Villa and supported his rival,Carranza.Villa's resentment resulted in the revenge raid on Columbus(deeds narrated in another films but no here) by General Pershing's column.Unable to suppress Villa by force,the Mexican government purchased his retirement from the political arena as a weary, disillusioned political liability with a handsome pension and large estate.Villa was assassinated in 1923 when gunmen ambushed his car.


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