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Pulled into the Mexican Revolution by his own greed, Texas gunrunner & pilot Lee Arnold joins bandit-turned-patriot Pancho Villa & his band of dedicated men in a march across Mexico battling the Colorados & stealing women's hearts as they go. But each has a nemesis among his friends: Arnold is tormented by Fierro, Villa's right-hand-man; and Villa must face possible betrayal by his own president's naiveté.
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Yul Brynner ... Pancho Villa
Robert Mitchum ... Lee Arnold
Maria Grazia Buccella ... Fina (as Grazia Buccella)
Charles Bronson ... Rodolfo Fierro
Herbert Lom Herbert Lom ...
General HuertaRobert Viharo ...
Frank Wolff ... Ramirez
Alexander Knox ... President Madero
Robert Carricart ... Don Luis (as Bob Carricart)
Andrés Monreal ... Captain Herrera
Fernando Rey ... Fuentes
Julio Peña ... General
José María Prada ... Major
Regina de Julián ... Lupita
Antoñito Ruiz ... Juan (as Antonio Ruiz)
Jill Ireland ... Girl in Restaurant
Diana Lorys ... Emilita
Rock Brynner ... Villaista (uncredited)
and many more...
Robert Towne ... (screenplay) and
Sam Peckinpah ... (screenplay)
William Douglas Lansford ... (adaptation) (novel)
Ted Richmond ... producer
Jack Hildyard ... director of photography
This is the first movie where Charles Bronson appears with his trademark mustache.
Robert Mitchum did not get along with Yul Brynner during filming.
He later said he could not understand why Charles Bronson was famous.
First movie to feature real-life husband and wife Charles Bronson and Jill Ireland.
According to Producer Norbert Saada's interview in documentary "Once Upon A Time Sergio Leone", Italian director Sergio Leone was offered to direct, but turned it down, because he did not like the cast of Yul Brynner in the title role.
Yul Brynner was on Variety's list of Top Ten Overpriced Stars in 1968.
Sam Peckinpah wrote the original script and was set to direct, but Yul Brynner didn't like the script because it made Pancho Villa - a man who had given standing orders to shoot all prisoners - "look like a bad guy". Peckinpah was fired and his script was rewritten by Robert Towne to conform to Brynner's idea of what Villa was like.
Yul Brynner & Charles Bronson appeared together 8 years before the release of this film in the classic western "The Magnificent Seven".
One of the extras in the film, playing a Mexican guerrilla girl, is Turkish singer Seyyal Taner. She would later receive notoriety for scoring no points in the 1987 Eurovision song contest.
The first of three consecutive movies which Robert Mitchum made in Europe. This was filmed in Spain , and he then headed to Italy for Edward Dmytryk's " Anzio" and followed that with a brief stint on Joe Losey 's " Secret Ceremony " in London.
Robert Mitchum 's son, James , and Yul Brynner's son, Rock, had both been students at Trinity College Dublin in 1966, the year before this movie began filming
High-tension power wires are visible near Conejos just after Arnold lights his cigar.
A machine gun nest ambushes charging Mexicans by cutting down the first three over a wall with a short burst, but as hordes more come over the wall, the machine gun doesn't fire even though the sounds of it firing continue. The gun obviously jammed but the footage was used anyhow with firing sounds dubbed into it.
Urbina's mouth says "Yes" at the end of the condolence scene, but there is no sound.
The "boy" who takes Villa's watch calls him "my General", but Villa is a colonel.
Condition of the paint on the left side of the fuselage near the tail just before the flight training scene.
Near the end of the movie they show a street scene that is supposed to be El Paso Texas
but on the side of a building it advertises the Oklahoma Wigwam the newspaper from the book and movie Cimarron.
In the first flight with Arnold & Fierro, they observe the train approaching a causeway over a valley at speed. They return to Chupadero to report to Villa. The next day, they fly over the train again, which is a few feet past where they saw it before crossing the same valley.
Helicopter rotor wash visible in the trees during the Conejos cavalry charges.
Obvious ropes due to flying hay in the wall scene.
Lee Arnold is hit in the back, on his left shoulder blade, with the flat side of a rifle butt, yet he fell down as though knocked out and remained unconscious for the rest of the battle.
Arnold & Villa share a cell, but when they emerge to the firing squad, they appear from different doors on different levels.
Repeated reference is made to the "Conejos hanging", but the hanging for which Villa was guilty of inaction happened in Chupadero. There was no hanging shown or implied in Conejos.
El Casar de Talamanca, Guadalajara, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico
Castle of Santa Cecilia, Guanajuato City, Mexico
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