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Villa Rides (1968)

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Yul Brynner stars as the legendary Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa in this 1968 epic that was originally written by Sam Peckinpah, who hoped to direct it. But studio bosses instead hired Buzz Kulik and cut the script. Villa is commanded by General Huerta (Herbert Lom) and assisted by the sadistic Fierro (Charles Bronson). Captain Francisco Ramirez (Frank Wolff) is a counter-revolutionary leader for whom an American pilot, Lee Arnold (Robert Mitchum), is smuggling guns from Texas. While Arnold is in a small village waiting for his place to be fixed, he sees Ramirez's troops attack the village and get routed by Villa. The rebels arrest Arnold for gun-running and sentence him to face a firing squad. He works a deal to save his skin by agreeing to fly missions for the revolutionaries. While Villa's men attack a train, Arnold bombs government troops with grenades. Arnold's aerial support saves Villa when he is sent on a doomed mission by Huerta, who is vying with Villa for power. Arnold escapes to Texas and Villa is arrested for disobeying Huerta's orders. Villa eventually escapes, finds Arnold in Texas, and convinces him to fight again for the revolution, which is now targeting Huerta, who has assassinated the Mexican president and taken power.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Western
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Paramount Pictures

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Cast

Yul Brynner
as Pancho Villa
Robert Mitchum
as Lee Arnold
Charles Bronson
as Rodolfo Fierro
Robert Viharo
as Urbina
Frank Wolff
as Capt. Francisco Ramirez
Herbert Lom
as Gen. Huerta
Alexander Knox
as President Francisco Madero
Diana Lorys
as Emilita
Robert Carricart
as Don Luis Gonzalez
Fernando Rey
as Col. Fuentes
Regina de Julian
as Lupita Gonzalez
Andres Monreal
as Capt. Herrera
Antonio Padilla Ruiz
as Juan Gonzalez
Jill Ireland
as Girl in Restaurant
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It must be a terrible thing to kill men without hating them Pancho Villa is in the middle of a revolution when he encounters an imprisoned American airplane pilot. He decides that he can utilize the pilot to help his cause. Initially, the pilot is reluctant to assist Villa; however, Villa convinces him his cause is worth the effort. "I want to blow his brains out." "I don't think he'll let you do that." Buzz Kulik, director of The Hunter, Kill Me if you Can, Riot, Cage without a Key, Crawlspace, and Incident on a Dark Street, delivers Villa Rides. The storyline for this picture is fascinating and a unique take on the Pancho Villa storyline (or at least one I have never seen). The action scenes were excellent and the bullet wounds were intense. The acting was awesome for the genre and the cast includes Yul Brynner, Robert Mitchum, and Charles Bronson. "Ever since the war the horse has been getting more than I have." "The horse has more to offer." I have been DVR'ing Charles Bronson movies lately and this film jumped off the page at me when I saw it starred Yul Brynner (Magnificent Seven). Bronson and Brynner played off each other perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions between characters and found myself chuckling throughout the film. This picture was definitely longer than it needed to be, but it was still a worthwhile western. "Go outside and die! Where are your manners?" Grade: B (7.5)

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