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Villa Rides

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1968
  • Buzz Kulik
  • 116 mins
  • 15

Summary

Western starring Yul Brynner and Robert Mitchum. Mexico 1912: an American pilot, pressed into service by revolutionary leader Pancho Villa, finds himself at the centre of a bloody conflict.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

A paella-western, with Yul Brynner wearing a wig and a sadistic sneer as the Mexican folk hero. The original script was written by Sam Peckinpah, who hoped to direct it but Brynner objected to Peckinpah's story. A TV director (Buzz Kulik) was brought in and Robert Towne - who later wroteChinatown - gave the script a makeover. The result is a botched job, watchable only for a few rousing action scenes and for Robert Mitchum's sleepy-eyed gun-runner, who literally flies in and out of the story.

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Credits

Cast

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Pancho VillaYul Brynner
Lee ArnoldRobert Mitchum
Fina GonzalezMaria Grazia Buccella
FierroCharles Bronson
UrbinaRobert Viharo
Captain Francisco RamirezFrank Wolff
General HuertaHerbert Lom
President Francisco MaderoAlexander Knox
Colonel FuentesFernando Rey
EmilitaDiana Lorys
Don Luis GonzalezRobert Carricart
Lupita GonzalezRegina De Julian
Captain HerreraAndres Monreal
Juan GonzalezAntonio Padilla Ruiz
Man in barber shopJohn Ireland
Girl in restaurantJill Ireland

Crew

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DirectorBuzz Kulik

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount Film Service Ltd
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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