Bandolero!

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Bandolero!
Bandolero! (movie poster).jpg
Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
Produced by Robert L. Jacks
Written by Stanley Hough (Story)
James Lee Barrett (Screenplay)
Starring James Stewart
Dean Martin
Raquel Welch
George Kennedy
Will Geer
Denver Pyle
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography William H. Clothier
Editing by Folmar Blangsted
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • June 1, 1968 (1968-06-01)
Running time 106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4.45 million[1]
Box office $12,000,000[2]

Bandolero! is a 1968 western directed by Andrew V. McLaglen starring James Stewart, Dean Martin, Raquel Welch and George Kennedy. The story centers on two brothers on a run from the posse, led by a local sheriff (July Johnson) who wants to arrest the runaways and free a hostage (Maria Stoner) that they took on the way. They head on the wrong territory, which is controlled by "Bandoleros".

Plot[edit]

Posing as a hangman, Mace Bishop arrives in town with the intention of freeing his brother Dee from the gallows. Dee and his gang have been arrested for a bank robbery in which Maria Stoner's husband was killed. After freeing his brother, Mace successfully robs the bank on his own after the gang has fled with the posse in pursuit.

Dee has taken Maria as a hostage. The posse, led by local sheriff July Johnson and deputy Roscoe Bookbinder, chases the fugitives across the Mexican border into territory policed by bandoleros, whom Maria describes as men out to kill any gringos (foreigners) that they can find. Maria further warns Dee that the sheriff will follow, because they have taken the one thing that July Johnson has always wanted: her.

Despite initial protestations, Maria falls for Dee and finds herself in a quandary. She had never felt anything for the sheriff, nor for her husband, who had purchased her from her family. The posse tracks them to an abandoned town and captures the gang. The bandoleros also arrive, shooting Roscoe, so the sheriff releases the outlaws so that the men can fight back in defense.

In this final showdown, almost everyone is killed. Dee is fatally stabbed by the leader of the bandits, El Jefe, and then Mace is shot by another. Maria grabs a pistol and shoots El Jefe dead. Maria and the sheriff, with little left of the posse, bury the Bishop brothers and dead posse members without markers, after which Maria notes that no one will know who was there nor what had happened.

Production[edit]

The film was shot at the Alamo Village, the movie set originally created for John Wayne's The Alamo.[3] The Alamo Village is located north of Bracketville, Texas. The location closed in 2009 after remaining open to movie companies and the public since 1960.

Larry McMurtry, the author of the novel Lonesome Dove, reportedly paid homage to Bandolero! by using similar names for the characters in his book. Both tales begin near the Mexico border and involve bandoleros. Both have a sheriff named July Johnson and a deputy Roscoe who travel a great distance in search of a wanted criminal and the woman who has rejected the sheriff's love. Both stories have a charismatic outlaw named Dee, who is about to be hanged and who wins the love of the woman before he dies. In the Lonesome Dove miniseries, the main characters twice pass directly in front of the Alamo—or at least a set built to replicate the Alamo.

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Reception[edit]

The film earned North American rentals of $5.5 million in 1968.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p255
  2. ^ "Bandolero!, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ Blumenthal, Ralph (26 March 2004). "The Alamo of the Big Screen Tries to Skirt the Fate of the Original". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1968", Variety, 8 January 1969 p 15. Please note this figure is a rental accruing to distributors.

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