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The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)

PG | | Western | 19 August 1983 (USA)
After he is accused of murdering a lawman in 1901 Texas, a Mexican-American farmer flees and manages to elude a large posse for two weeks before he is finally captured.

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Robert M. Young
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Cast

Cast overview:
Edward James Olmos ... Gregorio Cortez
James Gammon ... Sheriff Frank Fly
Tom Bower ... Boone Choate
Bruce McGill ... Reporter Blakely
Brion James ... Captain Rogers
Alan Vint ... Mike Trimmell
Timothy Scott ... Sheriff Morris
Pepe Serna ... Romaldo Cortez
Michael McGuire ... Sheriff Glover
William Sanderson ... Cowboy
Barry Corbin ... B.R. Abernathy
Jack Kehoe ... Prosecutor Pierson
Rosanna DeSoto ... Carlota Muñoz
Ned Beatty ... Lynch Mob Leader
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After he is accused of murdering a lawman in 1901 Texas, a Mexican-American farmer flees and manages to elude a large posse for two weeks before he is finally captured.

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The crime, a simple misunderstanding. The pursuit, an American saga. The legacy, a triumph of the spirit. The man, Gregorio Cortez. See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Balada de Gregório Cortez See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The courthouse used in the film was the actual courthouse that the trial for Gregorio Cortez was held in. Moreover, a real judge plays the judge in the trial sequence. See more »

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Featured in Reimagining the western (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

El corrido de Gregorio Cortez
Performed by Américo Paredes
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The Ballad of an Innocent Man
16 July 2015 | by charlywilesSee all my reviews

This is a heartbreaking true story of a miscarriage of justice as well as an examination of racism and prejudice in early 1900's Texas. Edward James Olmos is outstanding in the title role and gives one of the finest performances in this underrated actor's career. The film also has a fine supporting cast of Western character actors headed by Bruce McGill as a reporter following the posse, James Gammon as a dedicated sheriff and Barry Corbin as the lawyer who takes up Cortez' case. The prison, courtroom and post-trial scenes are emotionally powerful. This is a low budget effort which probably explains the poor lighting and sometimes shaky camera work, but this largely unknown and underrated gem deserves to be discovered for its fine acting and compelling story.


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