And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself

Synopsis: Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa (Antonio Banderas) finds himself without adequate funding to finance his war against the military-run government. He also finds himself at odds with the Americans because of the Hearst media empire's press campaign against him. To counter both of these, he sends emissaries to movie producers to convince them to pay to film his progress and the actual battles. Producer D.W. Griffith (Colm Feore) becomes interested and sends Frank Thayer (Eion Bailey) with a film crew to develop film reels. Thayer becomes horrified and fascinated by the bandit. He finds an enigmatic individual that is both ghoulishly brutal and charmingly captivating. The resulting film became the first feature length movie, introducing scores of Americans to the true horrors of war that they had never personally seen. Thayer sold the studios on making the film despite their concerns that no one would sit through a movie longer than 1 hour by convincing them that they could raise the pr
Director(s): Bruce Beresford
Production: HBO Video
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 21 nominations.
112 min

You forget that,

you wake up deader than a doornail.

And making any sudden moves

around him...

that's another real good way

to get your scalp creased.

When do we actually meet? What's the plan?

Villa calls the shots.

Gotta work out how to slip over the border

and find out wherever he's hiding out.

We have to be smuggled into Mexico?

There ain't no "we" in that equation,

Mr. Thayer.

Eli Morton has got a wife and kids

to think about.

- That's not gunfire, is it?

- Step right this way, Mr. Thayer.

Let's get you boys a ringside seat

at the Revolution.

Come on up.

The chairs are in there. Come on, fellows.

Let's get a look.

Let's go up to the front, come on.

Let's go right up here. Excuse us for a sec.

Colonel, how're you doing?

Do you mind? Thanks.

These guys are from back East.

They've never seen... Thank you.

Come here, step right up.

There you go.

Thank you.

Feels almost like watching a show

from up here, doesn't it?

Well, it's a bit more than playacting, sir.

What you're watching is a dictatorship

in the throes of dying.

Yielding up one life at a time.

John Reed, Metropolitan magazine.

Frank Thayer, Mutual Film Company.

You're taking the bait, Mr. Thayer?

You're going to film the battle?

I'm going to try.

Have a peek at your picture show.

- It's my turn.

- Don't push.

Look at that. To your left.

Hope you don't have any stock

in Doheny Oil, Mr. Thayer.

Oh, God.

Shows you what Pancho Villa thinks

of Americans owning Mexican oil.

The bastard doesn't care

whose property he burns.

There he is.

There's your bloody Robin Hood of Mexico.

What's he doing?

He's only taken half the town.

- It's off to bed, fellows.

- Good night, Frank.

- Get some sleep.

- Yeah.

Wait. I've never been on a horse.

You will like it.

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Larry Gelbart

Larry Simon Gelbart (February 25, 1928 – September 11, 2009) was an American television writer, playwright, screenwriter, director and author, most famous as a creator and producer of the television series M*A*S*H, and as co-writer of Broadway musicals City of Angels and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. more…

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