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

Come on.

He wants to know why the movies

sent him such a clown.

He wants to know was Charlie Chaplin

too busy to show up down here?

- He wants to know...

- Griffith wanted to come. He truly did.

Only, he's kind of involved right now.

And this guy's

just fucking around down here, right?

He says he don't trust nobody

who don't look him straight in the eye.

I was told that he would kill a man

for doing that.

That's a pile of crap. They don't stop

telling stories about this guy.

- What's that all over your tie?

- It's my school emblem.

My college's.

To which college do you go?

Did, sir. Harvard in Boston.

S. That's the school

where you make presidents. S?

A few have attended, yes, sir.

One day...

Pancho Villa will send his son

to Boston, Harvard.

He says he's knocked out enough sons

to fill every college in America.

Is that the gold?

Cash would have been a whole lot lighter,

I can assure you.

The last person who tried to give him cash,

Pancho cleaned up his glasses with a bullet.

- Your contrato?

- Yes, sir. It's right here, sir.

Those are the glasses.

One for you, one for me.

Those actresses you work with,

they're like nurses, right?

They got to have it all the time, don't they?

I'm not sure that's really true.

Yeah, right. Like you're not

jazzing your brains out, are you?


What's this 10% of the profits bullshit?

His cut's supposed to be 20% .

You lie to Pancho Villa,

you go back to Harvard in a box!

Sir, that is a mistake. Somebody must have

changed the figures before I had a chance...

It's just my pen.

El plumo, or whatever you call it.

Let me change all these 10s here

into 20s, okay?

Here we are. Fixed.

See, you gotta understand.

He needs the money.

With Wilson's goddamn embargo...

you gotta go the black-market route

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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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