Bandolero! (1968)



There are "Westerns" and "Westerns". Every now and then comes a NEW kind of Western. This is "BANDOLERO!".

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.

Written by
Ed Stephan <[email protected]>

Genre: Romance,Western

Bandolero! (1968)
Release Date: 1 June 1968 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
  • James Stewart
  • Dean Martin
  • Raquel Welch
  • George Kennedy
  • Andrew Prine
  • Will Geer
  • Clint Ritchie
  • Denver Pyle
  • Tom Heaton
  • Rudy Diaz
  • Sean McClory
  • Harry Carey Jr.
  • Don 'Red' Barry
  • Guy Raymond
  • Perry Lopez

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18 Responses to Bandolero! (1968)

  1. u1929
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    How did this end up? What happens to Dee? To Mace? To other four gang members? To sheriff? To Mexican woman? What about her ranch? Who lives? Who comes back to the States? What they all do? Do tell all.

    This must have been a cemetery for the… Spanish conquistadores!

  2. jimpool1
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    When Jimmy Stewart and George Kennedy were shooting "Bandolero" in Bracketville, TX in 1967, I was a brand-new U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant attaending undergraduate pilot training at nearby Laughlin AFB in Del Rio, Texas. I was in Class 68C, and my call sign was Presson Six Niner.

    One day at the base convenience store, I turned a corner, and there was George Kennedy. I didn’t know anything about "Bandolero" being shot up the road from us, and this was before any of his later movies, but I did recognize him, and introduced myself. He was very friendly, and I later learned that he was a 16-year veteran of the U.S. Army.

    In October, 1967, we graduates were all surprised to learn that none other than Jimmy Stewart would be attending our graduation ceremonies out on the flight line. I learned later that Jimmy Stewart had sent a message to our wing commmander, Colonel Goad (later to retire as a Lieutenant General), asking him if he could attend our pilot graduation ceremonies.

    You see, Jimmy Stewart had volunteered as a bomber pilot in WWII and flew quite a number of dangerous missions over Europe. He was later promoted to Major General in the Air Force Reserve before his retirement.

    Apparently, Colonel Goad sent word back: "Of course you may attend, General, except that we would hope you’ll be our guest of honor."

    The Air Force rearranged the schedule of the Air Force Aerial Demonstration Team, The Thunderbirds, and on that beautiful fall day in the middle of October, 1967, each of us graduates got to salute Jimmy Stewart before he handed us each our new Air Force Pilot wings, then shook our hand.

    During the finale of the Thunderbirds’ show, as the fifth pilot pulled up, with his smoke on, into the "fleur de lis" of smoke from the other four Thunderbirds, both wings of his F-100 Supersabre snapped off the aircraft, and came fluttering down to the runway.

    This was an unplanned event to say the least, but the young pilot successfully ejected, and floated to the runway area in his parachute, while the hulk of the aircraft crashed without fire in the desert a couple of miles away.

    Years later, I learned that that Thunderbird pilot was Major Tony McPeak, who later became a four star general (Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Air Forces, at Hickam AFB in Honolulu, Hawaii), and during Operation Desert Storm, was named by President George H.W. Bush (No. 41) to be Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

    I corresponded a few times with General McPeak in the mid-1990s, and he was quite gracious and prompt in his handwritten replies on his flag officer’s blue-flag stationery.

    Jim Pool, Temple, Texas Oct 13, 2007

  3. deansgurl136
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    Of all of Dean Martins movies this has to be my favourite, I have seen this movie so many times I have lost count, Dean gets to act alongside one of Hollywoods greats James Stewart.

    Dean proved he could act in many films, he is also in my opinion the greatest singer of all time so I am a little upset with helpless_dancer from Broken Bow, Oklahoma who wrote…

    Good western with lots of nice Utah scenery and a mighty fine shoot-out at the end. No, Dino didn’t exercise his pipes. *THANK GOD*

    Well helpless dancer you have good taste in movies but how can you put down Deans singing voice ?

    He had more hits than Sinatra or Tony Bennett, he knocked the Beatles off top spot with Everbody Loves Somebody not that I care about whether or not he sang in Bandolero, it wasnt realy the kind of movie where he could sing.

    But Dean was the greatest and you call yourself helpless dancer, maybe you are dancing to the wrong sort of music, try dancing to Dean singing Sway.

    Thankyou from Kylie age 15

  4. cowboydesperado-1
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    I have seen this film many times–mostly on AMC, where they cut the films and put commercials in–but I never saw any scene to explain what Stewart did with the (real) hangman whose identity he assumed in order break Dean and his gang out of the Val Verde jail. Any ideas…?

    vaya con dios…

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  5. Death_to_Pan_and_Scan
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    It always annoys me when people do bone-headed things in westerns simply because they need to make it more ‘dramatic’ and the writers and/or director ignore basic logic:

    During the big gunfight with the bandoleros, Raquel Welch is being raped and Dean Martin pulls the man off her by the head…yet doesn’t blow his brains out. I don’t think this is a matter of any sort of implied sporting chance/good character, because in the old west, I think it’d be acceptable in the heat of battle to shoot someone point blank in the head when they’re raping a woman. Instead, in a fit of macho idiocy, he decides it’d be best to get into a fistfight — which might very well endanger his and/or Raquel’s lives and let the rapist/gang leader get away. Then the fight proceeds outside, into a storm of gunfire, where Dean’s character deservedly gets stabbed to death for his efforts. I say ‘deservedly’, because any movie character acting so stupidly deserves to get killed off. His character might even be dumb enough to qualify for a ‘Darwin Award’.


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  6. clashwho
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    I just saw this for the first time and loved it. I think it’s a very underrated movie. Dean Martin, James Stewart and George Kennedy are all superb in it and Raquel Welch is stunningly gorgeous. Some really nice dialogue, too, especially the bit between Stewart and Martin about all the Indians in Montana. I was also impressed with the locations, cinematography and score. Seems like a near-forgotten gem, to me.

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  7. khkasper
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    Rosco, July Johnson both in Bandolero & Lonesome Dove. If Larry McMurtry was not involved in Bandolero, there should have been a lawsuit.

  8. lastmidnite2
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    I just love that Raquel gets away with screaming "Go f–k your mother!" in Spanish toward the climax of the film. What an in joke on the st THAT must have been!

  9. ragreen259
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    I just watched this on AMC… at the end of the movie, Raquel picks up a gun, screams CHINGA TU MADRE at one of the bad guys, and blasts the guy. How did that ever get past the censors, is Spanish some kind of secret code?

  10. wtl471629
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    It starts at 2:40 P.M. EST! Please double check your local tv guide for the time in your area. It will also be shown on May 31, 2009 at 10:05 P.M. The Encore Western Channel is good about showing this movie fairly often.

  11. richsass
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    Although the movie Bandolero is not a classic, it always is worthwhile to see Dean Martin in Western Movies. His natural and comedic nature gives a so so movie somewhat of a boost. I have enjoyed all his Western Movies.

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  12. jdh1271
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    I lost my copy of this movie and I forgot how it turned out. I remeber Stewart and Martin were killed but I don’t remeber who else was killed. Thanks to who ever response.

  13. bredbenner
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    If you look real careful, you’ll notice one less rope on Jimmy’s saddle as he rides into Valverde.

  14. Sid-Blitzen
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    There’s a nice treat for damsel-in-distress fans towards the end, when one bandit is trying to have his way with Raquel Welch. She puts up a delicious struggle, and her skirt rides up to reveal a nice shot of boots and black stockings.

  15. cryofan
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    Anyone have any ideas about why and how so much of Lonesone Dove was based on Cheyenne social club and Bandolero?

    Was Larry McMurtry an uncredited script writer for those films?

    I know for a fact that Barrett was NOT an alias for McMurtry, as Barrett had a small acting role in Fools’ Parade, and I saw that movie, and it is NOT McMurtry.

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  16. quinzo60
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    that bit where Dean is listing off all of the Indian tribes that are wherever his brother wants to go always cracks me up.

    i’ll have to put that up here the next time they show Bandolero on Spike…

  17. bullit2513
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    So I’m watching the Bandolero! dvd that was part of the Raquel Welch Collection and noticed something in the Main Menu of the dvd. Has anyone else noticed that along with the pictures of James Stewart and Raquel Welch is one of…..Stuart Whitman! What happened there, couldn’t find a good picture of Dean? I can’t believe that slipped by some supervisor when this dvd was being created. Regardless, I thought it was funny!

    I also noticed a scene in the trailer that didn’t make the final cut of the movie, its actually the last shot in the trailer if that helps. It shows Rudy Diaz and his bandits emerging over a cliff face before July Johnson and his posse enter the canyon where they’re later attacked. Just another fun thing to see in a trailer.

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  18. Julie
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    Is anyone aware of how to view a short video that was shown in the theatres just before the film Bandolero was shown in 1968?I believe it was titled Del Rio Kids 1968.

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