The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)



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There was a genuine ballad behind this film, based on a real-life character. Cortez, a San Antonio cowpoke, was arrested in 1901 because he resembled the actual criminal. Unable to speak English, Cortez fights off the authorities. His subsequent life as a fugitive forms the core of this independently produced project.


Edward James Olmos
as Gregorio Cortez
James Gammon
as Sheriff Frank Fly
Tom Bower
as Boone Choate
Bruce McGill
as Bill Blakely
Alan Vint
as Sheriff Trimmell
Timothy Scott
as Sheriff Morris
Pepe Serna
as Romaldo Cortez
Brion James
as Capt. Rogers
Barry Corbin
as Abernethy
Rosanna DeSoto
as Carolot Munoz
Michael McGuire
as Sheriff Glover
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Critic Reviews for The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez

All Critics (5)

An underappreciated classic of the western genre; one that functions as a proto-revisionist piece repositioning one of the stories of the Old West to a Mexican perspective

Oct 31, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Olmos is devastating as the titular Gregorio Cortez.

Sep 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Director and co-scripter Robert M. Young packs his picture with seasoned character actors who add grit rather than glamour.

Aug 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A subdued revisionist Western based on a Mexican ballad about a true story.

Jun 14, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

For Director Young, the tragic poignancy derives from the fact that despite rich heritage the alien Anglo culture forced Gregorio to become an outsider and to speak a language that needed translation.

Mar 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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