Old Gringo

1989

Old Gringo

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42%

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Total Count: 12

48%

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In this historical drama based on Carlos Fuentes' novel, Harriet Winslow (Jane Fonda) is a naive woman who, hoping to broaden her horizons, accepts a job as a governess in Mexico in 1913. However, Harriet unknowingly finds herself thrown into the middle of the Mexican revolution, where she attracts the attentions of two very different men: an elderly American gentleman (Gregory Peck) who has come to Mexico to die, and Tomas Arroyo (Jimmy Smits), a general with Pancho Villa's army of rebels who is fighting for the freedom of his people. The American's attraction to Harriet is more intellectual (though he unmistakably finds her attractive), while Arroyo holds a greater romantic allure to Harriet, who is still a stranger to the ways of love. In time, she gains a new sense of freedom and self-knowledge in Mexico, but while the victories of Villa's forces bring out an unseemly arrogance in Arroyo, Harriet makes a surprising discovery about the Old Gringo -- that he is in fact the fabled author Ambrose Bierce, who vanished years before. Old Gringo was the first American film for director Luis Puenzo, and the next-to-last for star Jane Fonda.

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Cast

Jane Fonda
as Harriet Winslow
Gregory Peck
as Ambrose Bierce
Jimmy Smits
as Gen. Tomas Arroyo
Patricio Contreras
as Col. Garcia
Jenny Gago
as La Garduna
Anne Pitoniak
as Mrs. Winslow
Stanley Grover
as Consul Saunders
Pedro Damien
as Capt. Ovando
Maya Zapata
as Dolores
Jose Olivares
as Trinidad
Carlos Cardan
as Matias Salazar
Arturo Rodriguez Doring
as Mexican Journalist
Mark Kelty
as Journalist
Juan Antonio Llanes
as Assistant Hotel Clerk
Mario Arevalo
as Casimiro
Laurel Lyle
as Librarian
Jorge Zepeda
as Administrator of Hacienda
Fernando Moya
as Hotel Clerk
Martín Palomares
as Wounded Man
Rene Pereyra
as Short Soldier
Roberto Ortiz
as Federal Officer
Paul Williams
as Cinematographer
Steven Spencer
as Assistant Consul
Stewart Smith
as Journalist with Glasses
Steve Spencer
as Assistant Consul
Abel Woolrich
as Tall Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Old Gringo

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Audience Reviews for Old Gringo

  • Nov 28, 2009
    <b>Not a typical Western Movie, but great. Great acting though there was a lack in the plot. Watchable I say.
    Lilo C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2007
    No wonder Jane Fonda gave up films after striving so long to drag this average Mexican epic to the screen. She plays a spinster who gets daught up with Pancho Villa's revolution and discovers her own sexuality along the way. It's a pretty dull revolution, hardly worth waking Gregory Peck up for.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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