Villa Rides

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Villa Rides (USA, Spain 1968 / Buzz Kulik)

Also known as

Viva! Viva Villa! (Italy) | Villa jede! (Czech Republic) | Pancho Villova jízda (Czech Republic) | Villa O Caudilho (Brazil) | Rio Morte (Germany, re-release) | 戦うパンチョビラ (Japan)


  • Cast: Yul Brynner (Pancho Villa), Robert Mitchum (Lee Arnold), Maria Grazia Buccella [as Grazia Buccella](Fina Gonzalez), Herbert Lom (General Victoriano Huerta), Robert Viharo (Urbina), Frank Wolff (Captain Francisco Ramirez), Diana Lorys (Emilita), Alexander Knox (President Francisco Madero), Robert Carricart [as Bob Carricart](Don Luis Gonzalez), Andrés Monreal (Captain Herrera), Fernando Rey (Colonel Fuentes), Julio Peña (General), José María Prada (Major Ibañez), Regina de Julián (Lupita Gonzalez), Antonio Ruiz (Juan Gonzalez), Jill Ireland (Marsha, girl in restaurant), John Ireland (Dave, client in barber shop), Charles Bronson (Rodolfo Fierro)
  • Also with: José Riesgo (Jorge, Villa cook), Enrique Santiago (Villa soldier), José Halufi (Villa soldier), Miguel de la Riva (Villa soldier), José Canalejas (Villa soldier), Xan das Bolas (Villa telegrapher), John Clark (El Paso farrier), Raul Castro (Huerta soldier), Antonio Jimenez Escribano (village victim), José Luis Lizalde (village victim), Antonio Orengo (village victim), Seyyal Taner (guerrilla girl)
  • Story: William Douglas Lansford
  • Screenplay: Robert Towne, Sam Peckinpah
  • Cinematography: Jack Hildyard [Technicolor - Panavision]
  • Music: Maurice Jarre
  • Producer: Ted Richmond


Villa rages! Villa lusts! Villa kills! VILLA RIDES!

Filming locations

  • El Casar de Talamanca, Guadalajara, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Spain


An American adventurer uses his plane to run guns to the Colorados. He is forced to stay in Mexico for a while when the landing gear of this plane must be repaired and then quickly finds out how cruel they are. When he’s captured by Pancho Villa and his revolutionary forces, Villa offers him a choice: aid the revolutionaries or die.


  • Sam Peckinpah wrote the original script and was set to direct, but Yul Brynner didn't like the script because it made Pancho Villa - a man who had given standing orders to shoot all prisoners - "look like a bad guy". Peckinpah was fired and his script was rewritten by Robert Towne to conform to Brynner's idea of what Villa was like.
  • One of the extras in the film, playing a Mexican guerrilla girl, is Turkish singer Seyyal Taner. She would later receive notoriety for scoring no points in the 1987 Eurovision song contest.

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