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Pancho Villa (1972)

A double-cross in an arms deal prompts Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa to raid a US Army weapons depot in Columbus, New Mexico.


Eugenio Martín


Eugenio Martín (story) (as Gene Martin), Julian Zimet (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Telly Savalas ... Pancho Villa
Clint Walker ... Scotty
Chuck Connors ... Col. Wilcox
Anne Francis ... Flo
José María Prada ... Luis
Ángel del Pozo ... Lt. Eager
Luis Dávila ... McDermott
Mónica Randall ... Lupe
Antonio Casas ... Gen. Goyo
Alberto Dalbés ... Mendoza
Barta Barri ... Alfonso
Eduardo Calvo ... Banker
Lucy Tiller Lucy Tiller ... Woman
Inés Oviedo Inés Oviedo ... Soldadera
Dan van Husen ... Bart


Having lost his influence and on the way to be executed in Mexico City, the once mighty Mexican revolutionary, Pancho Villa, is saved at the last minute by his remaining men and his dedicated right hand, Scotty. In desperate need of arms and riffles, the rebellious Villa will fall victim to a bad arms deal which will inevitably set in motion a fierce retaliation and a daring raid on a U.S. Army military base led by Colonel Wilcox at Columbus in New Mexico. Can Villa's insurgent army invade the U.S.A.? Written by Nick Riganas

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The only man to invade the U.S.A.!


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Release Date:

31 October 1972 (West Germany) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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At one stage, Robert Ryan was announced for the General Pershing role. See more »


Referenced in German Grusel - Die Edgar Wallace-Serie (2011) See more »


We All End Up the Same
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by John Cacavas
Performed by Telly Savalas
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Mediocre portrayal about the rowdy rebel who attacked Columbus town
30 March 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is a semi-fictional chronicle of the notorious bandit Pancho Villa (Telly Savalas) . It is a witless recounting of Villa's American campaign with broaden focus about action and irony . Villa (Dorotea Arango , 1878-1923) sends his gringo pal (Clint Walker) as gunrunner into US , but he is betrayed . As he encounters every obstacles with MacDermott (Luis Davila) ; besides , there meets his beautiful spouse (Anne Francis). Then , Villa leads his merry men in the famous raid over an American fort after being double-crossed in a weapons deal . Crossing the frontier attacking firstly the checkpoint and bombing the cartel captioning ¨You are entering in United States¨ . Later on , it begins an intense charge over the Columbus headquarter . A cocky and megalomaniac colonel (Chuck Connors) attempts to battle against him .

This Spanish/American co-production paints an ironic , cynic portrayal of the famous leader following the exploits of Villa and his men formed by a peasant army into USA territory . The picture ignores the wealth of the authentic history and becomes yet another action/adventure/humor Western and this failed production doesn't deliver what it should . It is an average Western with comedy , tongue-in-cheek , action and plenty of shootouts , gun-play and some moments results to be quite entertaining . This Paella/US Western was regularly directed by Eugenio Martin who made terror films (Horror Express) and more Spaghetti Western (Bounty killer , Requiem for a Gringo and Bad man's river) , among others .

This uneven rehash about Pancho villa exploits is partially based on real events , the authentic deeds are the following : For a time Villa,who seemed in line for leadership of Mexico , enjoyed the sympathetic interest of the US government who then dropped Villa and supported his rival , Carranza . Villa's resentment resulted in the vengeance raid on Columbus . Villa slapped the United States in the face by mounting a surprise raid on the town of Columbus,New Mexico,on 9 march 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.General Pershing's column included the Seventh Cavalry and Apache scouts, chased Villa deep into Mexico , the Americans captured and killed several of Villa's lieutenants but failed to catch the guerrilla leader . Because of Mexican protests , Pershing's command returned to the US.Villa was assassinated in 1923 when gunman ambushed his car .

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