And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself
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Antonio Banderas (Spy Kids, Once Upon a Time in Mexico) delivers a powerful, larger-than-life performance as the title character of this incredible true story of how Mexican Revolutionary, Pancho Villa, allowed a Hollywood crew to film him in battle, altering the course of film and military history in the process. The adventure gets its start when early movie giants D.W. Griffith (Colm Feore) and Harry Aiken (Jim Broadbent), send a junior executive, Frank Thayer (Eion Bailey) to Mexico to persuade the cash-strapped, publicity-hungry Villa to let them film his revolution. Stepping into the literal crossfire, Thayer's crew risks their lives in the mingling of fiction and reality. After a string of dangerous exploits, narrow escapes and double-crosses worthy of a silent action short, Thayer and Villa make their movie, and "The Life of General Villa" is released in the U.S. to popular acclaim. The film changes the public opinion in Villa's favor and proves that "the lens is mightier than the sword."]]>
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It sounds like such a cartoonish idea, moviemakers tagging along with an army of revolutionaries. But then in the silent movie era of 1914, New Jersey actually was the movie making capital of the world.
The subtext to all of this is that through his experience and relationship with General Villa, his erstwhile film producer Frank Thayer matures from young gofer to influential executive. But that is nothing more than a plot device. When Banderas is not on screen, the movie loses a step or two. He gives a superlative performance that is worthy of such a controversial (and underrated) historical figure.
Viva Villa! Viva Banderas!
Though I was never a fan of his - Antonio Banderas was awesome in this! The production value was on par with the major motion picture industry, this isn't your low budget 'made for tv' flick.
If you like westerns, this is a good, solid film that will fit nicely in that genre.
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This is simply put an Awesome Movie! Very few movies have the actual history that this one did! Antonio Banderas is absolutely perfect! Read morePublished 13 months ago by D. Johnson
A very good movie with an excellent performance by Antonio Banderas in the title role. Historically it also a good bit of accuracy. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Monte Gilliam
Amazing Actor Antonio Banderas stars in the leading role of PANCHO VILLA, in this true life depiction of Mexico's Revolutionary Leader who lead the Mexican people to believe in... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nina Kish
Let me tell you that this review is not based on the entire movie. We didn't make it through 5 minutes and the language was so foul that we turned it off and threw the movie in the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kelly Craner
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