And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself

Director: Bruce Beresford Cast: Antonio Banderas, Eion Bailey, Alan Arkin


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Antonio Banderas plays the title role in this cable-TV reenactment of a little-known chapter in the life of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. The year is 1914: With Villa's war of rebellion against the Huerta forces going badly, he hits upon a brilliant method to finance his crusade. Actually, the idea is brought to him: American filmmakers D.W. Griffith (Colm Feore) and Harry Aiken (Jim Broadbent), then busy at work on The Birth of a Nation, approach Villa with a request that he sell them the movie rights to his revolution. Acting as Griffith and Aiken's representative, junior executive Frank Thayer (Eion Bailey) tags along with Villa as the rebel leader willingly "directs" the film of his campaign, even going so far as to delay mass executions until early morning so that the cameramen won't "lose the sun." Ultimately, Villa's dreams of cinematic glory are dashed when the American public, goaded on by certain special interest groups, turns against Pancho and his noble cause. By turns comic, tragic, gruesome, and ironic, And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself was first telecast by HBO on September 7, 2003.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2004
UPC: 0026359212338
Original Release: 2003
Rating: NR
Source: Hbo Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Antonio Banderas Pancho Villa
Eion Bailey Frank Thayer
Alan Arkin Sam Drebben
Matt Day John Reed
Jim Broadbent Harry Aitken
Colm Feore D.W. Griffith
Michael McKean William Christy Cabanne
Kyle Chandler Raoul Walsh
Anthony Head William Benton
Alexa Davalos Teddy Sampson

Technical Credits
Bruce Beresford Director
Lourdes Diaz Producer
Larry Gelbart Executive Producer,Screenwriter,Teleplay
Mark Gordon Executive Producer
Diane Sillan Isaacs Producer
Sue Jett Producer
Evyen Klean Musical Direction/Supervision
Gary Levinsohn Executive Producer
Tony Mark Producer
Joshua Maurer Executive Producer
Peter James Cinematographer
Herbert Pinter Production Designer
Joseph Vitarelli Score Composer
Mark Warner Editor

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