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Antonio Banderas plays the title role in this cable-TV reenactment of a little-known chapter in the life of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. The year is 1914: With Villa's war of rebellion against the Huerta forces going badly, he hits upon a brilliant method to finance his crusade. Actually, the idea is brought to him: American filmmakers D.W. Griffith (Colm Feore) and Harry Aiken (Jim Broadbent), then busy at work on Jim Broadbent, approach Villa with a request that he sell them the movie rights to his revolution. Acting as Griffith and Aiken's representative, junior executive Frank Thayer (Eion Bailey) tags along with Villa as the rebel leader willingly "directs" the film of his campaign, even going so far as to delay mass executions until early morning so that the cameramen won't "lose the sun." Ultimately, Villa's dreams of cinematic glory are dashed when the American public, goaded on by certain special interest groups, turns against Pancho and his noble cause. By turns comic, tragic, gruesome, and ironic, And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself was first telecast by HBO on September 7, 2003. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Antonio Banderas Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television 2003 Nominee

Cast

Antonio Banderas
as Pancho Villa
Eion Bailey
as Frank Thayer
Alan Arkin
as Sam Drebben
Matt Day
as John Reed
Jim Broadbent
as Harry Aitken
Colm Feore
as D.W. Griffith
Michael McKean
as William Christy Cabanne
Kyle Chandler
as Raoul Walsh
Anthony Head
as William Benton
Alexa Davalos
as Teddy Sampson
Matt Day
as John Reed
Anthony Head
as William Benton
Jim Broadbent
as Harry Aitken
Kyle Chandler
as Raoul Walsh
Colm Feore
as D.W. Griffith
Michael McKean
as William Christy Cabanne
Alan Arkin
as Sam Drebben

Crew

Bruce Beresford
Director
Diane Sillan Isaacs
Producer
Sue Jett
Producer
Lourdes Diaz
Producer
Tony Mark
Producer
Larry Gelbart
Screenwriter
Larry Gelbart
Teleplay By
Joseph Vitarelli
Composer (Music Score)
Evyen Klean
Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Warner
Editor
Herbert Pinter
Production Designer
Gary Levinsohn
Executive Producer
Mark Gordon
Executive Producer
Joshua Maurer
Executive Producer
Larry Gelbart
Executive Producer
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