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  • Actors: Yul Brynner, Robert Mitchum, Maria Grazia Buccella, Herbert Lom, Robert Viharo
  • Directors: Buzz Kulik
  • Writers: Robert Towne, Sam Peckinpah, William Douglas Lansford
  • Producers: Ted Richmond
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound, THX, Widescreen, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Legend Films
  • Release Date: June 3 2008
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B0016LFG2Y
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VILLA RIDES (WS)

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good solid cast. Yule and Charles are great, always enjoyable. Mitchum must have been on pain killers, zzzzzz. No Lawrence of Arabia by far, but a few big scenes. If you can pick it up for a good price, it's worth the purchase.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99b89b4c) out of 5 stars 49 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bafaae0) out of 5 stars No classic but a sporadically spectacular time-filler Oct. 20 2010
By Trevor Willsmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Villa Rides is one of those films that's disliked not for what it is but what it isn't. It isn't the script that Sam Peckinpah wrote while trying to work his way out of directorial exile - Yul Brynner found Peckinpah's vision of Pancho Villa's cruelty too unsympathetic for his ego - and it isn't that much the version that Robert Towne rewrote either. But taken on its own terms, it's a decent south of the border oater that sees Robert Mitchum's gunrunning aviator first a prisoner and then a reluctant ally of Yul Brynner's Villa in the early, less successful days of his revolutionary career. Of course, even with hair casting Brynner as Villa in the first place is a bit like casting Jeff Goldblum as Fatty Arbuckle (Herbert Lom's General Huerte is no lookalike either, though he wouldn't be out of place as a Bond villain), but as long as you're willing to overlook little things like historical accuracy, it offers some spectacular battle scenes and enough efficient action to pass muster for a couple of hours. It's also of note for introducing Charles Bronson to his trademark Zapata moustache (and unfortunately his first co-starring role with Jill Ireland) as a Villista who likes shooting prisoners and for a great Maurice Jarre score that finally received a long overdue CD release in 2011 (El Condor / Villa Rides). And Peckinpah did at least get the chance to put all that research he did to good use when he took a trip down south of the border with William Holden, Robert Ryan and the rest of the Bunch...

No extras, but an acceptable 2.35:1 widescreen transfer.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bafa3cc) out of 5 stars LeeArnold of Mexico April 21 2004
By Steve83 - Published on Amazon.com
Look for great performances by Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson, Robert Mitchum, and even Herbert Lom (as the villainous Gen. Huerta). Close enough to historical fact to be engaging, but dramatized enough to be entertaining, this movie deserves a bigger re-release, especially on DVD.

The story revolves around an early gunrunner who "borrows" a US biplane to deliver stolen guns to the Colorados army, which is suppressing the Mexican Revolution. He immediately gets into trouble and runs afoul of the Colorados and then the revolutionists who force him to fly for them. Ultimately, it's a retelling of Lawrence of Arabia, but that doesn't detract from its entertainment value.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bafd228) out of 5 stars Villa and the King Jan. 30 2010
By Mark Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Ahhh Revolution etc. etc. etc.
Just having a little fun at Yul and Pancho's expense.
In reality I'm sure Pancho Villa would have been flattered having Yul Brenner
portray him in a film that shared a glimpse of his life - Hollywood style.
Though the quasi Robin Hood and hero of Mexico's history was a bit more violent(okay, way more violent-and real)than England's hero of the people.
Not to mention stouter, thicker...
I still liked the movie.
I first saw it at the theater way back when I was a young boy almost teenager.
Robert Mitchum was riding the last wave of his box office draw as a leading man (Mr. Moses,The Yakuza,El Dorado etc....)though I wasn't aware of it at the time and didn't care..still don't.
Not an Academy Award performance nor film nominee but I liked Mitchum, Brenner and Bronson (Charles Bronson as Pancho's right hand man/enforcer and comedy relief).definitely a more violent version of Robin's - Little John.The violence might be a bit of a turn off for the female viewer but put into comparison with movie graphics today...
So as far as my humble opinion goes in regards to this film.
Let me sum it up like this.
As a kid I remember my (now late) grandfather fondly relating one his childhood memories living in Mexico and seeing Pancho Villa ride into his village once ,twice, three times (Villa's long barrel pistol was described along with his great horsemanship skills).In fact over the many years I heard my grandfather tell of these glorious encounters in all their glamor,once twice,thrice...but unlike this Director's "Pancho" story, Grandpa's accuracy in detail was never questioned.
This is good because just like this Villa movie, I enjoyed his "Villa Rides" way back then and still do today.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bafa4e0) out of 5 stars new look at Panco Villa Nov. 30 2010
By Missouri Eagle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I would actually give this 4 1/2 stars because it's definitely better than 4 stars. With cast of Yul Brynner, Robert Mitchum, and Charles Bronson and written by Sam Peckinpah (wild bunch), my expectations may have been too high. Villa rides moves along well and the chemistry between Mitchum, brynner, and bronson is great. While this may not really be historically accurate in the portrayal of Villa or his band, it's still a fun watch. I'm very partial to Charles Bronson and Robert Mitchum movies so I'm willing to forgive historical inaccuracies for the sake of entertainment and Villa Rides is definitely entertaining. The plot has been covered by other reviewers so I won't bore you with another synopsis. Some interesting moments include the marriage of Pancho Villa to Mitchum's 'love interest'. Seems she's raped by villa's men and the message from Villa is 'I'll marry her to protect her from my men but i will not be a husband in any sense of the word'. Kind of an interesting slant on Pancho Villa, seems Peckinpah figured Villa was more Robin hood than Quantrill or Bloody Bill Anderson. Villa Rides is a great way to pass 2 hours on a rainy afternoon.
HASH(0x9aa4e084) out of 5 stars VERY GOOD MOVIE Oct. 31 2012
By Kay's Husband - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I read the reviews here several days back and proceeded to purchase the movie. Though all the reviews differ: some good, some not so.

Based upon what I had read not sure about this DVD, however, after viewing it I can say I find it very watchable, excellent color, and snappy dialogue. Am very glad to have made the purchase from Amazon. As if I hadn't would have missed a great movie. Will watch this movie again many, many times.

If you love western books and movies as much as myself, then you too will find this one a good one to watch.

Learn a little about the revolution and Poncho at the same time.

Movie originally comes from a novel.


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