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Viva Villa!

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Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
7.56 /10
Wallace Beery , Fay Wray, Stuart Erwin
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Directed by: Jack Conway, Howard Hawks (uncredited, since he was replaced half-way through shooting)
Written by: Ben Hecht from Edgecrumb Pinchon, O.B. Stade's book

Released: 1934
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 115

A Mexican bandit (Wallace Beery) becomes a hero of his people, and ultimately President.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A true story forms the basis of this highly fictional, episodic western which looks primitive by modern standards, but is full of exciting action sequences. Highlights are Beery's dynamic performance, which survives a wobbly accent, and the superb cinematography of James Wong Howe. It was hugely popular, ranked 7th in the Film Daily annual poll of US film critics, and Oscar-nominated for Best Sound (Douglas Shearer).

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