Bandolero!

Bandolero! is a 1968 American Western film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen[3] and starring James Stewart, Dean Martin, Raquel Welch and George Kennedy. The story centers on two brothers on the run from a posse, led by a local sheriff who wants to arrest the runaways and free a hostage that they took along the way. They head into the wrong territory, which is controlled by "Bandoleros".

Bandolero!
Bandolero! (movie poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen
Produced byRobert L. Jacks
Screenplay byJames Lee Barrett
Based onStanley Hough
(as Stanley L. Hough)
(Based on a story by)
StarringJames Stewart
Dean Martin
Raquel Welch
George Kennedy
Music byJerry Goldsmith
CinematographyWilliam H. Clothier
Edited byFolmar Blangsted
Color processColor by DeLuxe
Production
company
20th Century Fox
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • June 1, 1968 (1968-06-01)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$4.45 million[1]
Box office$12,000,000[2]

PlotEdit

 
Dean Martin and Raquel Welch

Posing as a hangman, Mace Bishop arrives in the Texas town of Val Verde with the intention of freeing his brother Dee from the gallows. Dee and his gang have been arrested for a bank robbery in which Maria Stoner's husband was killed by gang member Babe Jenkins. After freeing his brother, Mace successfully robs the bank on his own after the gang has fled with the posse in pursuit.

Dee has taken Maria as a hostage after they come across her wagon, during which Gang member Pop Chaney shoots and kills the man escorting Maria. The posse, led by local sheriff July Johnson and deputy Roscoe Bookbinder, chases the fugitives across the Mexican border into territory policed by bandoleros, whom Maria describes as men out to kill any gringos (foreigners) that they can find. Maria further warns Dee that the sheriff will follow, because they have taken the one thing that he has always wanted: her.

Despite initial protestations, Maria falls for Dee and finds herself in a quandary. She had never felt anything for the sheriff, nor for her husband, who had purchased her from her family. The posse tracks them to an abandoned town and captures the gang. The bandoleros also arrive, shooting and killing Roscoe, so the sheriff releases the outlaws so that the men can fight back in defense.

In this final showdown, almost everyone is killed. Dee is fatally stabbed by the leader of the bandits, El Jefe, after savagely beating him when he attempts to rape Maria. Then Mace is shot by another. Babe and gang member Robbie O'Hare die after killing several bandoleros. Pop Chaney is killed while going after the money Mace stole, and his son Joe dies after trying to rescue him. Maria grabs Dee's pistol and shoots El Jefe dead, sending the now leaderless bandoleros into full retreat. Maria professes her love to Dee and finally kisses him before he dies. Mace returns the money to sheriff Johnson, and then falls dead due to his wound. Maria and the sheriff, with little left of the posse, bury the Bishop brothers and dead posse members without markers, after which Maria notes that no one will know who was there nor what had happened. They then begin the ride back to Texas.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The film was originally known as Mace.[4]

The film was shot at the Alamo Village, the movie set originally created for John Wayne's The Alamo.[5] The Alamo Village is located north of Brackettville, Texas. The location closed in 2009 after remaining open to movie companies and the public since 1960. Parts of the film were also shot at Kanab Canyon and Glen Canyon in Utah.[6]

Larry McMurtry, the author of the novel Lonesome Dove, reportedly paid homage to Bandolero! by using similar names for the characters in his book. Both tales begin near the Mexico border and involve bandoleros. Both have a sheriff named July Johnson and a deputy Roscoe who travel a great distance in search of a wanted criminal and the woman who has rejected the sheriff's love. Both stories have a charismatic outlaw named Dee, who is about to be hanged and who wins the love of the woman before he dies. In the Lonesome Dove miniseries, the main characters twice pass directly in front of the Alamo—or at least a set built to replicate the Alamo.

Raquel Welch later said of her performance, "No one is going to shout, 'Wow it's Anne Bancroft all over again', but at least I'm not Miss Sexpot running around half naked all the time."[7]

"I think she's going to stack up all right", Stewart said of Welch.[8]

ReceptionEdit

Bandolero! earned North American rentals of $5.5 million in 1968.[9]

According to Fox records the film required $10,200,000 in rentals to break even and by 11 December 1970 had made $8,800,000 so it was a loss for the studio.[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. p. 255. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1.
  2. ^ "Bandolero!, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
  3. ^ "Bandolero!". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  4. ^ Martin, Betty (Aug 1, 1967). "Western Role for Raquel". Los Angeles Times. p. d9.
  5. ^ Blumenthal, Ralph (26 March 2004). "The Alamo of the Big Screen Tries to Skirt the Fate of the Original". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  6. ^ D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood Came to Town: A History of Moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.
  7. ^ "Sex Goddess Is Human, After All". Los Angeles Times. June 9, 1968. p. c12.
  8. ^ Thomas, Kevin. (Oct 15, 1967). "Movie Making--30 Years of Fun for Jimmy Stewart: Jimmy Stewart Stewart's 30 Years". Los Angeles Times. p. d19.
  9. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1968", Variety, 8 January 1969, p. 15. Please note this figure is a rental accruing to distributors.
  10. ^ Silverman, Stephen M (1988). The Fox that Got Away: The Last Days of the Zanuck Dynasty at Twentieth Century-Fox. L. Stuart. p. 327. ISBN 0-8184-0485-X.

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