|BANDIDO (director: Richard Fleischer; screenwriter: Earl Felton; cinematographer: Ernest Laszlo; editor: Robert Golden; music: Max Steiner; cast: Robert Mitchum (Wilson), Ursula Thiess (Lisa Kennedy), Gilbert Roland (Col. Escobar), Zachary Scott (Kennedy), Rodolfo Acosta (Sebastian), Jose Torvay (Gonzalez), Douglas Fowley (McGhee), Henry Brandon (Gunther); Runtime: 92; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Robert L. Jacks; United Artist; 1956)|
adventure story filmed in Mexico by
director Richard Fleischer."
by Dennis Schwartz
adventure story filmed in Mexico by director
Richard Fleischer ("Mandingo"/"Red
Sonja"/"The Boston Strangler"), whose virile
direction keeps the action coming fast enough to cover
up the lackluster narrative. The script is by its
story writer Earl Felton, whose attempt at
tongue-in-cheek humor never materializes.
laid back Robert Mitchum plays the super cool Wilson,
the American soldier of fortune, who gets involved in
gun-running during the Mexican Revolution of 1916 by
helping the rebel leader Escobar (Gilbert Roland) and
surviving by playing both sides. Also crossing the
border into Mexico is the mercenary's fellow
Americans, Kennedy (Zachary Scott) and his gorgeous
wife Lisa (Ursula Thiess), but
Kennedy sides with the ruling class.
here for the war-loving opportunistic Mitchum to lose
but his Panama hat, but it's still fun watching
Mitchum and Roland do their macho thing and to catch
Ursula's last acting performance (she retired after
marrying Robert Taylor).
REVIEWED ON 8/18/2014 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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