|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|
|Box office||$3.5 million (US/ Canada rentals)|
100 Rifles is a 1969 western directed by Tom Gries based on Robert MacLeod's 1966 novel The Californio, and stars Jim Brown, Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch and Fernando Lamas. The film was shot in Spain. The original music score was composed by Jerry Goldsmith.
In 1912 Sonora, Mexico, Lyedecker (Brown) is an Arizona lawman who travels to a remote village looking for Yaqui Joe (Reynolds), a half-Native, 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 is not 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.
- Burt Reynolds as Yaqui Joe Herrera
- Raquel Welch as Sarita
- Fernando Lamas as General Verdugo
- Jim Brown as Lyedecker
- 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 (scenes deleted)
- Sancho Gracia as Mexican leader
- Lorenzo Lamas as Indian boy
Filmed in Almeria, Spain.
"I was playing Yaqui Joe, supposedly an Indian with a moustache," said Reynolds. "Raquel had a Spanish accent that sounded like a cross between Carmen Miranda and Zasu Pitts. Jimmy Brown was afraid of only two things in the entire world: one was heights the other was horses. And he was on a horse fighting me on a cliff. It just didn't work."
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- "Big Rental Films of 1969", Variety, 7 January 1970 p 15
- Clemmensen, Christian. Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004) tribute at Filmtracks.com. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
- Workaholic Burt Reynolds sets up his next task: Light comedy Siskel, Gene. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 28 Nov 1976: e2.
- 100 Rifles at the Internet Movie Database
- 100 Rifles at DBCult Film Institute
- 100 Rifles at AllMovie
- 100 Rifles at the TCM Movie Database