Old Gringo (1989)




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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.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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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
Gabriela Roel
as La Luna
Anne Pitoniak
as Mrs. Winslow
Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
as Pancho Villa
Sergio Calderón
as Zacarias
Guillermo Ríos
as Monsalvo
Stanley Grover
as Consul Saunders
Josephina Echanove
as Clementina
Pedro Damien
as Capt. Ovando
Maya Zapata
as Dolores
Jose Olivares
as Trinidad
Alicia del Lago
as His Wife
Carlos Cardan
as Matias Salazar
Hector Rivera
as Ataulfo
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
John Williams (III)
as Journalist
Abel Woolrich
as Tall Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Old Gringo

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

Truthfully, it isn't as bad as its reputation, registering less as an out-and-out disaster and more as a missed opportunity.

Full Review… | July 22, 2015
Creative Loafing

While there's nothing inherently awful about Old Gringo, it had the potential to be something more than it is - a semi-coherent romantic melodrama.

January 18, 2003
Apollo Guide

Propelled by the desperate yearning of three strangers who meet in Mexico in l913 during Pancho Villa's revolution.

Full Review… | September 1, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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October 15, 2005
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June 29, 2005

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November 14, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Old Gringo


79% "I'm looking for Villa."-Ambrose "Bitter" Bierce (Gregory Peck) Lavish production about love, self discovery, revolution, and the Truth.

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FilmGrinder Stone

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.

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