Pancho Villa (film)

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Pancho Villa
Pancho villa Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Eugenio Martín
Produced by Bernard Gordon
Screenplay by Julian Zimet
(as Julian Halevy)
Story by Eugenio Martín
Starring Telly Savalas
Clint Walker
Chuck Connors
Anne Francis
Music by Antón García Abril
Cinematography Alejandro Ulloa
Edited by Antonio Ramírez de Loaysa
Granada Films
Scotia International
Distributed by Scotia International Film Distributors
Release date
  • 31 October 1972 (1972-10-31) (West Germany)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English

Pancho Villa is a 1972 American, British and Spanish spaghetti western film directed by Eugenio Martín. The film features Telly Savalas, Clint Walker, Chuck Connors and Anne Francis.[1] Shot in Spain, this "brawling spectacle"[2] has an often-overlooked light-comedy satirical facet, which to this day often confuses the viewers. The storyline was developed during the Vietnam War and reflected certain antiwar sentiments in an American society.[3]


After being double-crossed in an arms deal by a gun merchant McDermott (Luis Dávila) from Columbus, New Mexico, a legendary Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa played by (Telly Savalas) and his US lieutenant Scotty (Clint Walker) decide to take a revenge by first raiding a US Army weapons depot in Columbus, and then seizing McDermott. The title song "We All End Up The Same", music by John Cacavas and lyrics by Don Black, is sung by Telly Savalas.[4]



Producer Bernard Gordon wrote in his autobiography that Telly Savalas and Clint Walker did not get along during the shooting of the movie. Savalas made attempts to upstage Walker and even insisted on changing some two-shots into solo shots.[5] On the contrary, Clint Walker enjoyed Anne Francis companionship unlike his onscreen character.[6] This was important to him since not much time passed after Walker barely survived a skiing accident, which, as he told Gordon, completely changed his life.[5] Gordon stated that the production was finished on time and on budget despite script problems.

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  1. ^ Pancho Villa on IMDb.
  2. ^ Rodriguez, Clara E. (2004). Heroes, Lovers, and Others: The Story of Latinos in Hollywood. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books. p. 159. 
  3. ^ Rampell, Ed (2005). Progressive Hollywood: A People's Film History of the United States. New York: Disinformation Company. p. 121. ISBN 9781932857108. 
  4. ^ "Record Details". Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  5. ^ a b Gordon, Bernard (1999). Hollywood exile, or, How I learned to love the blacklist: A memoir. Austin: University of Texas Press. 
  6. ^ Wagner, L (2011). Anne Francis: The life and career. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. 

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