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Barbarosa (1982)

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Villa Rides (1968)

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Dir: Buzz Kulik - Cast: Yul Brynner, Robert Mitchum, Charles Bronson, Maria Gracia Buccella, Frank Wolff,  Herbert Lom, Robert Viharo, Alexander Knox, Dana Lorys, Antonio Ruiz, Jill Ireland, Fernando Rey, John Ireland - Screenplay: Same Peckinpah, Robert Towne, Music: Maurice Jarre
Villa Rides is set in revolutionary Mexico and stars Yul Brynner as Pancho Villa. To western fans it's best known as the movie that was not directed by Sam Peckinpah. He had written the original script and was also set to direct, but was fired because Brynner didn’t like his portrayal of Villa as a cynical and rather cruel revolutionary. The script was re-written by Robert Towne, who had contributed to the script of Bonnie and Clyde one year earlier (and would later write Chinatown with Roman Polanski). In the directional chair, Peckinpah was replaced by Buzz Kulik, who had mainly worked for television. 
The Mexican Revolution had started in 1910 with an uprising, led by Francesco Madero, against the rei…