Pancho Villa (film)

Pancho Villa is a 1972 American, British and Spanish spaghetti western film directed by Eugenio Martín. The film features Telly Savalas, Clint Walker, Chuck Connors and Anne Francis.[1] Shot in Spain, this "brawling spectacle"[2] has an often-overlooked light-comedy satirical facet, which to this day often confuses viewers. The storyline was developed during the Vietnam War and reflected certain antiwar sentiments in an American society.[3]

Pancho Villa
Pancho villa Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEugenio Martín
Produced byBernard Gordon
Screenplay byJulian Zimet
(as Julian Halevy)
Story byEugenio Martín
StarringTelly Savalas
Clint Walker
Chuck Connors
Anne Francis
Music byAntón García Abril
CinematographyAlejandro Ulloa
Edited byAntonio Ramírez de Loaysa
Production
company
Granada Films
Scotia International
Distributed byScotia International Film Distributors
Release date
  • 31 October 1972 (1972-10-31) (West Germany)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
United Kingdom
Spain
LanguageEnglish

PlotEdit

After being double-crossed in an arms deal by a gun merchant McDermott (Luis Dávila) from Columbus, New Mexico, legendary Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa (Telly Savalas) and his US lieutenant Scotty (Clint Walker) decide to take a revenge by first raiding a US Army weapons depot in Columbus, and then seizing McDermott. The title song "We All End Up The Same", music by John Cacavas and lyrics by Don Black, is sung by Telly Savalas.[4]

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Producer Bernard Gordon wrote in his autobiography that Telly Savalas and Clint Walker did not get along during the shooting of the movie. Savalas made attempts to upstage Walker and even insisted on changing some two-shots into solo shots.[5] Conversely, Clint Walker enjoyed Anne Francis's companionship, unlike his onscreen character.[6] This was important to Walker, as not much time had passed since he had barely survived a skiing accident, which, as he told Gordon, completely changed his life.[5] Gordon stated that the production was finished on time and on budget despite script problems.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pancho Villa on IMDb.
  2. ^ Rodriguez, Clara E. (2004). Heroes, Lovers, and Others: The Story of Latinos in Hollywood. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books. p. 159.
  3. ^ Rampell, Ed (2005). Progressive Hollywood: A People's Film History of the United States. New York: Disinformation Company. p. 121. ISBN 9781932857108.
  4. ^ "Record Details". 45cat.com. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  5. ^ a b Gordon, Bernard (1999). Hollywood exile, or, How I learned to love the blacklist: A memoir. Austin: University of Texas Press.
  6. ^ Wagner, L (2011). Anne Francis: The life and career. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland.

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