|Directed by||Tom Gries|
|Produced by||Marvin Schwartz|
|Music by||Jerry Goldsmith|
|Edited by||Robert L. Simpson|
Marvin Schwartz Productions
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||110 min.|
|Box office||$3.5 million (US/ Canada rentals)|
100 Rifles is a 1969 western directed by Tom Gries based on the 1966 novel The Californio by Robert MacLeod. The film stars Jim Brown, Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch, and Fernando Lamas and was shot in Spain. The original music score was composed by Jerry Goldsmith.
Set in 1912 Sonora, Mexico, an Arizona lawman named Lyedecker (Brown) travels to a remote village looking for Yaqui Joe (Reynolds), a half-Indian, half-white bank robber who has stolen $6,000 (in Arizona) to buy 100 rifles for his Yaqui people who are being repressed by the government.
Lyedecker isn't concerned with Yaqui Joe's cause of helping his tribe, and all he cares about is getting the money returned to a Phoenix bank within his jurisdiction. The two men escape to the hills where they are joined by Sarita (Welch), a beautiful Indian revolutionary. They eventually become allies and fight for the Indians.
Taking over the leadership of the Yaquis, Lyedecker ambushes Verdugo's train while Sarita distracts the attention of the soldiers on board by taking a public shower. The train is later derailed in a town and the culmination of the film is a fierce gun battle which Yaqui Joe and his people finally win.
- Jim Brown as Lyedecker
- Raquel Welch as Sarita
- Burt Reynolds as Yaqui Joe Herrera
- Fernando Lamas as General Verdugo
- Dan O'Herlihy as Steven Grimes
- Eric Braeden as Lt. Franz Von Klemme (as Hans Gudegast)
- Michael Forest as Humara
- Aldo Sambrell as Sgt. Paletes
- Soledad Miranda as Girl in Hotel
- Alberto Dalbés as Padre Francisco
- Charly Bravo as Lopez (as Carlos Bravo)
- José Manuel Martín as Sarita's Father)
- Akim Tamiroff as General Romero
- Sancho Gracia as Mexican leader
- Lorenzo Lamas as Indian boy
Filmed in Almeria, Spain.
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- Clemmensen, Christian. Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004) tribute at Filmtracks.com. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
- 100 Rifles at the Internet Movie Database
- 100 Rifles at DBCult Film Institute
- 100 Rifles at AllMovie
- 100 Rifles at the TCM Movie Database