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05-02-2006, 10:22 PM

A selection of Mexican-Adventure themed movies for Cinco-De-Mayo..

Vera Cruz (1954)


"A mission to escort a beautiful Mexican countess (Denise Darcel) to the port of Vera Cruz unites Ben, a Civil War veteran (Gary Cooper),
and Joe, a man on the run (Burt Lancaster). The genteel Ben and fast-talking Joe make an unlikely team as they dodge a band of outlaws
and their leader (Ernest Borgnine). But once the two discover they're escorting a fortune in gold, it's every man for himself."

Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)


"In this antic Western, Hogan (Clint Eastwood) is a mercenary who hires his gun out to the highest bidder. But he meets his match in
Sister Sara (Shirley MacLaine), who's committed to helping a group of Mexican revolutionaries battle the French.
The unlikely duo team up to join the fight -- and maybe earn a few centavos in the process. Funny thing is,
Sister Sara isn't really a nun; she's a prostitute who's gone undercover to aid her friends."

Major Dundee (1965)


"Directed with gusto by Sam Peckinpah, this seminal Western stars Charlton Heston as the titular Maj. Amos Dundee, a
Union Army officer marshaling assorted deserters and Confederate detainees into Mexico to apprehend a band of rampaging
Apaches. But to succeed, he must team with the Confederate prisoners' leader (Richard Harris) -- who's sworn to kill Dundee
when their mission is over. The sterling cast includes James Coburn and Senta Berger."

(This is the Extended version)

The Undefeated (1969


"The Civil War is over, and Colonel John Henry Thomas (John Wayne) of the Union Army is bound for Mexico to trade horses; his opponent, Confederate Colonel James Langdon (Rock Hudson), is also heading south to help build a new settlement. When a Mexican general threatens their safety, the two join forces in spite of their original alliances."

Juarez (1939)


"The newly named emperor Maximilian and his wife Carolotta arrive in Mexico to face popular sentiment favoring Benito Juraez and democracy. He tries to appease the Mexicans but fails. Abraham Lincoln is supporting Juarez and asks the French to withdraw support for Maximilian. Carlotta goes to France to plead with Napoleon, to no avail."

The Cisco Kid (1994) (TV)


"This update of the 1950 western TV series changes Cisco and Pancho from wandering heroes of the old west to somewhat anti-"gringo" Mexican revolutionaries."

05-02-2006, 11:47 PM
Ah, The Undefeated!:

I never realized it until I got into this hobby, but one of the banditos actually appears to be using an Enfield carbine when The Duke and Rock are confronted during their trek. Then I staterted over-analyzing and pointing out that there weren't any Colt Peacemakers and Winchester rifles until several years after the war. My lovely bride set me straight with the statement that The Duke didn't do history, he did entertainment.

With that in mind, he never did a bad western


Once considered as a replacement critic on Siskel & Ebert but turned it down because the commute interfered with my day job

Or, maybe I wasnt