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The Gaucho

Released Nov 21, 1927 1h 42m Western Adventure Romance List
91% Tomatometer 11 Reviews 90% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
The disreputable leader of a group of bandits, El Gaucho (Douglas Fairbanks), is thrust into the role of hero after an even more dastardly local strongman, Ruiz (Gustav von Seyffertitz), takes over the Andean village that El Gaucho and his men have used as their base. But after regaining the town for his own selfish uses, El Gaucho has a showdown with the Padre (Nigel De Brulier) and undergoes a spiritual transformation when confronted with the holy powers of a sacred shrine. Read More Read Less

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Variety Staff Variety Though the first 30 minutes or so seem a little slow, the picture then settles down. Looks as though better than $500,000 has been expended, and the picture shows it. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Mordaunt Hall New York Times Mr. Fairbanks is no less agile than he has been in other productions; perhaps he has even more chances here to display his agility. Mar 25, 2006 Full Review Robert E. Sherwood LIFE During those moments when Douglas Fairbanks is up to his old tricks, The Gaucho manages to be thrilling and amusing. But Doug isn't always up to his old tricks. Oct 4, 2021 Full Review Shadow Stage Photoplay Lupe Velez, Doug's leading lady, actually overshadows him as far as their respective performances are concerned. Jan 5, 2021 Full Review Film Daily Staff The Film Daily Likewise the usual array of stunts, many of them impossible... but not one less bit entertaining because of it. Oct 21, 2020 Full Review MPW Staff Moving Picture World The direction of F. Richard Jones is a desirable combination of art and box-office angles... If [Douglas Fairbanks] is a hundred per cent in "The Gaucho", this new kid find, Lupe Velez, is scarcely less. She seems to have not only "it," but everything. Oct 21, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

Audience Reviews

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Audience Member Loved it! A must see for silent movie fans. This movie has everything, action, excitement, suspense, romance, tragedy, comedy, spectacular effects and stunts, and a great ending. I highly recommend it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Usually I hate preachy ass Christian movies (Ben-Hur made me literally LOL and cringe on several occasions) but this one did not offend me at all. Douglas Fairbanks is so damn endearing that I dont mind the minor Christian undertones. Its a good film! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member This may not be the best silent, nor is it the best Douglas Fairbanks. It is the movie, however, that inspired my love for silent films(As a matter of fact, I define Fairbanks in dramatic terms by this one, not Zorro, or Robin Hood. Contrary to popular opinion, Fairbanks was a crappy swordsman.). It is the story of a resurrected girl (By a vision of the Holy Mother Mary, played in a short but brilliant cameo by Mary Pickford.)with the power to heal and the argentinian cowboy(gaucho)who defends her and her city against an army of bandits. It's a movie that all true believers should include in their collection.(This is the third of three movies that influenced my movie-viewing life.) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis The disreputable leader of a group of bandits, El Gaucho (Douglas Fairbanks), is thrust into the role of hero after an even more dastardly local strongman, Ruiz (Gustav von Seyffertitz), takes over the Andean village that El Gaucho and his men have used as their base. But after regaining the town for his own selfish uses, El Gaucho has a showdown with the Padre (Nigel De Brulier) and undergoes a spiritual transformation when confronted with the holy powers of a sacred shrine.
Director
F. Richard Jones
Producer
Douglas Fairbanks
Screenwriter
Douglas Fairbanks
Distributor
United Artists
Production Co
Elton Corporation
Genre
Western, Adventure, Romance
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 21, 1927, Original
Runtime
1h 42m
Aspect Ratio
Academy (1.33:1), 35mm