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The Old Gringo Details

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In this historical drama based on Carlos Fuentes' novel, Harriet Winslow (Jane Fonda) is a naive woman who, hoping to broaden her horizons, accepts a job as a governess in Mexico in 1913. However, Harriet unknowingly finds herself thrown into the middle of the Mexican revolution, where she attracts the attentions of two very different men: an elderly American gentleman (Gregory Peck) who has come to Mexico to die, and Tomas Arroyo (Jimmy Smits), a general with Pancho Villa's army of rebels who is fighting for the freedom of his people. The American's attraction to Harriet is more intellectual (though he unmistakably finds her attractive), while Arroyo holds a greater romantic allure to Harriet, who is still a stranger to the ways of love. In time, she gains a new sense of freedom and self-knowledge in Mexico, but while the victories of Villa's forces bring out an unseemly arrogance in Arroyo, Harriet makes a surprising discovery about the Old Gringo -- that he is in fact the fabled author Ambrose Bierce, who vanished years before. Old Gringo was the first American film for director Luis Puenzo, and the next-to-last for star Jane Fonda. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 6, 1989

Cast

Jane Fonda
as Harriet Winslow
Gregory Peck
as Ambrose Bierce
Jimmy Smits
as Gen. Tomas Arroyo
Patricio Contreras
as Col. Frutos Garcia
Jenny Gago
as La Garduna
Jim Metzler
as Ron
Gabriela Roel
as La Luna
Anne Pitoniak
as Mrs. Winslow
Pedro Armendariz, Jr.
as Pancho Villa
Sergio Calderon
as Zacarias
Guillermo Rios
as Monsalvo
Stanley Grover
as Consul Saunders
Josefina Echanove
as Clementina
Maya Zapata
as Dolores
Mario Arevalo
as Casimiro
Carlos Cardan
as Matias Salazar
Victor Carpinteiro
as Hilario
Maria Luisa Coronel
as Maria
Pedro Damien
as Capt. Ovando
Arturo Rodriguez Doring
as Mexican Journalist
Mark Kelty
as Journalist
Juan Antonio Llanes
as Assistant Hotel Clerk
Laurel Lyle
as Librarian
Richardson Morse
as Editor
Fernando Moya
as Hotel Clerk
Roberto Ortiz
as Federal Officer
Martin Palomares
as Wounded Man
Rene Pereyra
as Short Soldier
Salvador Sanchez
as Floreal
Steve Spencer
as Assistant Consul
John Williams
as Journalist
Paul Williams
as Cinematographer
Abel Woolrich
as Tall Soldier
Amelia Zapata
as Juana
Jorge Zepeda
as Administrator of Hacienda
Alicia del Lago
as His Wife
Jessica Tandy
Jorge Zepeda
as Administrator of Hacienda
Juan Antonio Llanes
as Assistant Hotel Clerk
Amelia Zapata
as Juana
Paul Williams
as Cinematographer
Carlos Cardan
as Matias Salazar
Mark Kelty
as Journalist
John Williams
as Journalist
Pedro Damien
as Capt. Ovando
Victor Carpinteiro
as Hilario
Fernando Moya
as Hotel Clerk
Richardson Morse
as Editor
Alicia del Lago
as His Wife
Salvador Sanchez
as Floreal
Abel Woolrich
as Tall Soldier
Roberto Ortiz
as Federal Officer
Steve Spencer
as Assistant Consul
Laurel Lyle
as Librarian
Mario Arevalo
as Casimiro
Arturo Rodriguez Doring
as Mexican Journalist
Maria Luisa Coronel
as Maria
Martin Palomares
as Wounded Man
Rene Pereyra
as Short Soldier

Crew

Luis Puenzo
Director
Lois Bonfiglio
Producer
Luis Puenzo
Screenwriter
Aida Bortnik
Screenwriter
Felix Monti
Cinematographer
Lee Holdridge
Composer (Music Score)
Juan Carlos Macias
Editor
Glenn Farr
Editor
Bruno Rubeo
Production Designer
Stuart Wurtzel
Production Designer
David Wisnievitz
Executive Producer
Steven A. Saklad
Set Designer
Tom Warren
Set Designer
Enrico Sabbatini
Costume Designer
Mickey Gilbert
Stunts
Ana Merida
Choreography
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