And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself [DVD] [2003]

Antonio Bandaras stars in the remarkable tale of a revolutionary who allowed an American movie crew to film himself and his soldiers in battle in exchange for film profits to fund his cause in the Warner Bros. release of the Golden Globe-nominated HBO feature And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself. Presented in 1.85:1 widescreen and featuring a variety of audio options including closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English, Spanish, and French Dolby Digital Stereo, this release also features optional English, Spanish, and French subtitles. Extra features include audio commentary by writer/executive producer Larry Gelbart and a revealing behind-the-scenes featurette.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Audio commentary by Oscar nominated writer/executive producer Larry Gelbart (Tootsie, series creator of M*A*S*H)
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Antonio Banderas
    Antonio Banderas - Pancho Villa
  • Eion Bailey
    Eion Bailey - Frank Thayer
  • Alan Arkin
    Alan Arkin - Sam Drebben
  • Matt Day
    Matt Day - John Reed
  • Jim Broadbent
    Jim Broadbent - Harry Aitken
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