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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pancho Villa
... Frank Thayer
... Sam Drebben
... Harry Aitken
... John Reed
... William Christy Cabanne
... D.W. Griffith
... Teddy Sampson
... William Benton (as Anthony Stewart Head)
... Raoul Walsh
... Eli Morton
Cosme Alberto ... Abraham Sanchez
... Gen. Rodolfo Fierro
... Don Luis Terrazas (as Pedro Armendáriz)
... Priest
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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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The first film produced about Pancho Villa was Life of Villa (1912), produced by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. See more »

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Griffith is shown to be making a short western in New York in 1914. It is a very cloudy and overcast day. In reality, Griffith has already moved his stock company out to California by then, plus he would have known not to shoot on such a cloudy day (there would not be enough light for the exposure). He also did not film any westerns in 1914, and would have been at work on The Battle of the Sexes at this time. See more »

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Pancho Villa: [to Frank, in spanish] Cover my ass.
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References Life of Villa (1912) See more »

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Tierra Mestiza
Written by Gerardo Tamez
Performed by Tuna Normalista de Dan Miguel de Allende, Guanajuayo
Courtesy of Discos Imagen
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To the major studios....take a hint
15 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

I did not expect the premise of the movie to work but it did. This story line and the wonderful way it was developed and portrayed on screen is so much missing in the fare presented by the major studios any more. I had to put my book down! Antonio Banderas so thoroughly submerges himself into the character that after awhile he BECAME Pancho Villa. He made Pancho Villa at once hero and villain; resolute and uncertain; stoic and tender. Best of all, there was no attempt to wrap the feature up in a tidy bow at the end.

I have my TIVO permanently locked on HBO.

I am curious about the original film - The Life of General Villa (1914) - in which IMDB shows only two performers, Pancho Villa and Raoul Walsh.


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