The Vengeance of Pancho Villa (1967)

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During the Mexican Revolution, Pancho Villa is wounded and left his large treasure in gold back in the city of Colón. He is forced to establish an alliance with General Urbina, leader, and ... See full summary »


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19 March 2021 | ma-cortes
| So-so and simple Paella Western with adventures , crossfire and a good but wasted cast
After attacking The US city of Columbus on a famous raid , Pancho Villa : Ricardo Palacios flees , being pursued by the Americans and the Carranzistas , being saved at the last minute by his remaining underlings . The escaped Pancho Villa is injured and along the way he left his loot hidden in Cerezo town . As Villa establishes an alliance with General Urbina : Gustavo Rojo and a a hired man, an American Gringo called Diego Alvarado : John Ericson who along with other five adventurers set out in taking the robbed treasure.

This is Spanish made Western results to be a semi-fictional flick , painting an cynical and ambitious portrayal of the notorious leader who shows up at the beginning of the movie . The yarn ignores the wealth of the authentic history and becomes yet another action/adventure/western and this failed production doesn't deliver what it should . It is a mediocre Chorizo Western with noisy action , go riding , betrayals and shootouts . The main and support cast are pretty good with two American actors as John Ericson and James Philbrook , alongside decent secondaries as Gustavo Rojo, Mara Cruz , Pastor Serrador , Antonio Jiménez Escribano and Ricardo Palacios as the rough Pancho Villa . This Tortilla Western was middlingly directed by Jose Maria Elorrieta .

This is an uneven rehash about Pancho Villa exploits , after his raid on Columbus town . The actual events were as follows : For a time Villa , who seemed in line for leadership of Mexico , enjoyed the sympathetic interest of the Us government who then dropped him and supported his rival Carranza . Villa's resentment resulted in the revenge raid on Columbus . Villa slapped the Unites States in the face by executing a surprise raid on the town of Columbus New Mexico in 1916 , killing eight American soldiers and ten civilians . In retaliation , President Woodrow Wilson sent General Pershing and a punitive expedition into Mexico in hot pursuit of Villa . The US column included the Seventh Cavalry and Apache scouts , chsed Villa deep into Mexico ,the Americans captured and murdered several Villa's lieutenants but failed to catch the guerrilla leader . Because of Mexican protests, Pershing's command went back to the US . Villa was assassinated in 1923 when gunman ambushed his car

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