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100 Rifles

PG 1969 1h 50m Western List
Reviews 41% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
When half-breed Indian Yaqui Joe (Burt Reynolds) robs an Arizona bank, he is pursued by dogged lawman Lyedecker (Jim Brown). Fleeing to Mexico, Joe is imprisoned by General Verdugo (Fernando Lamas), who is waging a war against the Yaqui Indians. When Lyedecker attempts to intervene, he is thrown into prison as well. Working together, the two escape and take refuge in the hills, where Lyedecker meets beautiful Yaqui freedom fighter Sarita (Raquel Welch) and begins to question his allegiances. Read More Read Less
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Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Unless a story has been introduced to make the shooting part of the plot, it can get pretty dreary. 100 Rifles is pretty dreary. Rated: 1.5/4 May 6, 2006 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It fizzles instead of sizzles. Rated: C Jun 10, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Campy, high energy Western. The 3 stars work well together. Burt Reynolds does his amusing good ole boy, Raquel Welch, so stunning. Jim Brown brings the awesome. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/16/24 Full Review Donald S One thing I could not get over while watching this movie was figuring out what time period took place in. Having a German presence in Mexico, and machine guns leads me to believe this is at least in the early 1900s if not later. Once I got past that it was a pretty solid movie Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 07/17/23 Full Review delysid d a good movie to fall asleep to Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/06/22 Full Review Audience Member In 1912 Sonora, Mexico, Arizona lawman Sheriff Lyedecker (Jim Brown) chases Joe "Yaqui Joe" Herrera (Burt Reynolds), a half-Yaqui, half-white bank robber who has stolen $6,000. Both men are captured by the Mexican General Verdugo (Fernando Lamas). Lyedecker learns that Joe used the loot to buy 100 rifles for the Yaqui people, who are being repressed by the government. Lyedecker is not interested in Joe's motive, and intends to recover the money and apprehend Joe to further his career. The two men escape a Mexican firing squad and flee to the hills, where they are joined by Sarita (Raquel Welch), a beautiful Indian revolutionary. Sarita has a vendetta against the soldiers, who murdered her father. The fugitives become allies... This western brags with three great names, Burt Reynolds, Jim Brown and the lovely Raquel Welch in the leads. The cinematography and sceneries are great. While the storyline is not very exciting and it also contains a strange mix of misogyny, interracial love, violence and pretty ok action sequences. But, as Quentin Tarantino stated "Mediocre final product still seems like a shamefully wasted opportunity, I mean Jesus Christ, how do you fuck up a movie starring Jim Brown, Burt Reynolds and Raquel Welch?." I am bound to agree. I have been wanting to see this film for some time, but unfortunately it wasn´t all that intriguing now when I finally got to see it. "100 Rifles" is a wasted opportunity. Trivia: This movie was one of the first movies to feature a sex scene between people of different races. They were American of African descent Jim Brown and American of Hispanic and Caucasian descent Raquel Welch. The producers wanted Raquel Welch to shower under the water-tower sans shirt. "It was just one more way of trying to get Rocky nude", Welch later said. She defied the producers and kept her shirt on. Years later, Burt Reynolds commented, "It was twice as sexy the way she did it." Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member By the late 1960s, American studios had started making Westerns in the arid Almeria desert region in southern Spain. This was the influence of the popular European Westerns or Spaghetti Westerns that, apart from the Sergio Leone films, had had little impact on the box office in the United States but had seriously challenged the "old school" American Westerns almost everywhere else. Also, it was pretty darn cheap to shoot in Spain in those days. Former pro-football player Jim Brown was never a great thespian but he was a convincingly rugged screen presence and plays a African American lawman from Arizona who tracks a bank robber (Burt Reynolds, not yet a superstar but getting close to becoming one) in Northern Mexico during the Revolution. Soon the lawman finds himself embroiled in a Yaqui uprising against the local general (Fernando Lamas, father of Lorenzo Lamas). Add in a sympathetic Mexican firebrand (Raquel Welch), a two-faced American railwayman (Dan O'Herily), and an Imperial German military adviser (Eric Braeden long before he became a fixture on The Young and the Restless) and you have plenty of fun. This is not The Wild Bunch (which was filming at the same time and had a number of the same plot elements such as the general's automobile and the sinister German advisers along with two-faced money men) and its cynical anti-authoritarian politics are in keeping with the times but less so than in the fore-mentioned The Wild Bunch or many of the Spaghetti Westerns set in the Mexican Revolution. All-in-all, its a fun movie that should have been shot in a wider screen format but uses lots of extras and stuntmen instead of CGI. And you are always watching Jim Brown when he is on the screen, unless Raquel Welch is in the same shot. Its probably a three star movie but I gave it an extre half star as I enjoyed the recent Kino Lorber Blu Ray disc with a surprisingly enjoyable audio commentary by several notable film historians. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member The film makes a little sense but a lot of amusing noise--Revolution okay!! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When half-breed Indian Yaqui Joe (Burt Reynolds) robs an Arizona bank, he is pursued by dogged lawman Lyedecker (Jim Brown). Fleeing to Mexico, Joe is imprisoned by General Verdugo (Fernando Lamas), who is waging a war against the Yaqui Indians. When Lyedecker attempts to intervene, he is thrown into prison as well. Working together, the two escape and take refuge in the hills, where Lyedecker meets beautiful Yaqui freedom fighter Sarita (Raquel Welch) and begins to question his allegiances.
Director
Tom Gries
Producer
Marvin Schwartz
Production Co
Twentieth Century Fox
Rating
PG
Genre
Western
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 1, 2013
Runtime
1h 50m
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