Villa Rides

  • Film
  • Action and adventure
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The Mexican revolution according to Hollywood. Scripted by Robert Towne and Sam Peckinpah, it makes some gestures towards indicating the political and personal complexities behind the career of Pancho Villa (played by Brynner with hair for once). Unfortunately, these are rather nullified by the need to centre the whole thing on an American identification figure - Mitchum as a freebooting pilot - who can serve as a focus for the statutory clich├ęs about simple peasant loyalties and not killing people when you don't hate them. Bronson steals the picture as Villa's brutal lieutenant, who likes to shoot prisoners personally, then have his trigger-finger gently massaged by a pretty wench. Filmed in Panavision in Spain.

Release details

Duration: 124 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Buzz Kulik
Screenwriter: Robert Towne, Sam Peckinpah
Cast: Yul Brynner
Robert Mitchum
Grazia Buccella
Charles Bronson
Robert Viharo
Frank Wolff
Herbert Lom
Alexander Knox
Fernando Rey
John Ireland
Jill Ireland
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