Bandolero!


1h 46m 1968

Brief Synopsis

Posing as a hangman, Mace Bishop arrives in town with the intention of freeing a gang of outlaws, including his brother, from the gallows. Mace urges his younger brother to give up crime. The sheriff chases the brothers to Mexico. They join forces, however, against a group of Mexican bandits who mortally wound both brothers.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
Dallas opening: 18 Jun 1968
Production Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Mace" by Stanley L. Hough (unpublished).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

A band of outlaws led by former Confederate soldier Dee Bishop kill a wealthy rancher during the attempted robbery of a Texas bank. The gang is arrested by Sheriff Johnson, tried, and sentenced to die on the gallows. Dee's older brother, Mace, disguises himself as the hangman and stages a last-minute rescue of the five men. The outlaws flee across the Mexican border, taking the murdered rancher's widow, Maria Stoner, as hostage. While Sheriff Johnson, Deputy Roscoe Bookbinder, and a posse are pursuing the gang, Mace robs the bank and then goes to join his brother's band in a deserted town once ravaged by bandoleros. The fugitives begin arguing among themselves, with Mace, Dee, and Maria on one side, and Pop Chaney and his cowardly son Joe on the other. Eventually, Dee falls in love with Maria and contemplates founding a Montana homestead to atone for his errant past, but his plans are foiled by the arrival of Johnson. Though the sheriff, who is also in love with Maria, captures Dee's men, he is forced to release them when the bandoleros launch an attack. In the slaughter that ensues, Dee and Mace are both killed by the bandolero leader, Angel Muñoz, who is then gunned down by Maria. After burying the two brothers, Johnson and Maria head back to Texas.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
Dallas opening: 18 Jun 1968
Production Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Mace" by Stanley L. Hough (unpublished).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

You see, there things a man ought never do -- spit in church, scratch his self in front of his ma, and pick his nose. Yes that's what my pa learned me and it stood me in good step.
- Pop Chaney
I don't imagine your pa ever mentioned shooting people, and burning their house down, and stealing, and things like that?
- Mace Bishop
Well, I'm talking about mannerly things Mr. Bishop. I ain't talking about making a living.
- Pop Chaney
Why do you ride with men like these?
- Mace Bishop
Oh, I don't know. I just got used to it, I guess, through the years. You begin one way, you keep going that way, and pretty soon there's no other way.
- Dee Bishop
I thought he was your friend?
- Maria Stoner
He is, but that don't make him any less disgusting. You take Pop, for instance. He was due to be shot the day he was born. And that heart of his is nothing more but a festering sore.
- Dee Bishop

Trivia

Raquel Welch was signing autographs on the set for fans, when 'Stewart, James' heard her complain that she didn't like doing it. Stewart told her "You better sign those, they're the ones paying your salary." Welch thought about this and from then on willingly signed autographs.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video May 1988

Released in United States Summer June 18, 1968

Released in United States on Video May 1988

Released in United States Summer June 18, 1968