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Barbarosa [Import]


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  • Actors: Willie Nelson, Gary Busey, Isela Vega, Gilbert Roland, Danny De La Paz
  • Directors: Fred Schepisi
  • Writers: William D. Wittliff
  • Producers: Martin Starger, Paul Lazarus III, William D. Wittliff
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: March 18 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000089765


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This is such a great, albeit almost unknown, western! A great, classic storyline and wonderful acting! It's a movie you'll want for your Western collection!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20 2003
Format: DVD
Beware. Artisan has only released a full-screen version of this movie. If aspect ratio is important to you, don't buy it.
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By A Customer on Aug. 7 2003
Format: DVD
Obscure western from the early 80s starring Willie Nelson and Garey Busey. Good drama; great cinematography; excellent soundtrack.
Willie Nelson plays Barbarossa, an ex-Texas Ranger kept away from his Mexican wife because of a vendetta from his father-in-law who is also the pueblo's elder chieftain. Nelson soon encounters Busey roaming in the desert as an outcast from his own family feud. They soon join together as desperadoes roaming the Sonoran desert while evading men of the pueblo who seek to carry out their jefe's vendetta.
The acting is excellent and all of the characters are given depth. A very touching story. Definitely worth owning.
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By LGwriter on July 29 2003
Format: DVD
One of the best unknown Westerns of the last 20 years or so, Barbarosa stars Willie Nelson and Gary Busey in a story of revenge and honor. Nelson plays a ex-Texas Ranger, Barbarosa, who's now a lone bandit, preying on rich Mexicans. During a disagreement, he formerly crippled his father-in-law to be, a Mexican landowner and still deeply loves the landowner's daughter with whom he has had a daughter.
Busey is a Texas farmhand who accidentally killed his brother-in-law--his sister's husband--and is now out on his own, pursued by his brother-in-law's two brothers for revenge. Similarly, Barbarosa is being pursued by the landowner's top gun, a fiery Mexican who vows Barbarosa's death.
The two, Nelson and Busey, meet by accident and join up for a time. During that time we get to see the West as it very likely really looked about 100 years ago (more specifically, the Southwest--i.e., southern Texas); the cinematography is magnificent. One of the critical ingredients in any great Western is great cinematography and that is very much in display here. As well, the score by Bruce Smeaton is excellent.
Nelson and Busey do a great job--their accents certainly don't hurt (both men are originally from that part of the U.S.), and so does the supporting cast. Fred Schepisi, the director, has a perfect sense of pacing and momentum that pulls the viewer along with very little tugging indeed. Armadillos figure in the mix, as do old men with guns and younger men buried up to their necks. There's a hacienda, a cantina, and an outdoor festival. The film drips with Western atmosphere, no question.
Highly recommended for fans of the genre.
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By zenga on Aug. 20 2002
Format: VHS Tape
this is one of THE best written movies ever made, the acting makes the writing even better, and the music brings it all together. the final scene is simply wonderful. the premise is so odd one gets the feeling it was written on a dare, like "bet you can't write ..." (i don't want to give it away if you haven't seen it). yet it hangs together as a story. and both busey and nelson are just superb. great movie.
and, yes, there was a scene removed before it was mass marketed. the scene explains why nelson does what he does. unlike bladerunner, i think this (director's cut?) version is better.
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Format: VHS Tape
I may be the only person in the Western world that saw the cut of this movie where Gilbert Roland explains to the young killer, Eduardo, the reason that the vendetta is carried on. Don Braulio did, and does, it deliberately, to raise the Zavala family from peonage and give the family purpose. Don Braulio asks Eduardo how he will keep the family motivated when it is his turn to be the head of the family. This is the reason that Eduardo shouts "Barbarosa" at the end, when he KNOWS Barbarosa is dead. The scene takes place in the same room where Don Braulio is first informed that "Barbarosa is dead!" and before they go out to make the announcement to the assembled family. If anybody saw this scene, it would be great for my mental health to know I am not the only one.
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Format: VHS Tape
I found out about this movie by accident. My wife and I stayed at a bed and breakfast called the "1865 Homestead" in the hill country close to Fredericksburg, Texas. We found out that some of the scenes of the movie were filmed there. After returning to our home in Fort Worth, we found the movie, bought it, and watched it. We really liked it, especially when we saw our bed and breakfast in the opening scenes and close to the end. The first scene is where the coffins are leaning againt the barn and the last scene is where Gary Busey comes back to confront the parents. It was really cool to know we were standing in the same place! Oh yeah, the movie was good too!
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