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The Cisco Kid

Studio: Turner Pictures
Release Date: February 6, 1994
Running Time: 91 minutes   Color
Director: Luis Valdez
Producer: Gary M. Goodman
Executive Producer: Moctesuma Esparza
Cinematographer: Guillermo Navarro
Editor: Zach Staenberg
Screenwriter: Michael Kane
Casting: Iris Grossman


Jimmy Smitz as Cisco Kid
Cheech Marin as Pancho
Sadie Frost as Dominique
Bruce Payne as General Martin Dupre
Ron Perlman as Lt. Col. Delacroix
Tony Amendola as Washam

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This update of the 1950 western TV series changes Cisco and Pancho from wandering heroes of the old west to somewhat anti-"gringo" Mexican revolutionaries.

Known best these days as the subject of a 1972 hit single by L.A. band War, the Cisco Kid was an outlaw in O. Henry’s turn-of-the-century short story and was dubbed “O. Henry’s Robin Hood of the Old West.” He was immortalized in a series of silents starring Stan Dunn and in talkies beginning with Warner Baxter. Cesar Romero gave Cisco the Latin identity he’d retain thereafter, followed by Gilbert Roland and — most successfully in several films and a ’50s TV series — Duncan Renaldo.

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Jimmy Smits Cisco Kid
Cheech Marin Pancho
Sadie Frost Dominique
Bruce Payne General Martin Dupre
Ron Perlman Lt.Col. Delacroix
Tony Amendola Washam
Tim Thomerson Lunquist
Pedro Armendariz Jr. General Montano
Phil Esparza Kessler
Clayton Landey Van Boose
Charles McCaughan Haynie
Tony Pandolfo Alain Vitton
Roger Cudnew Alcott
Joaquin Garrido Lopez
Gullermo Rios Hernandez
Miguel Sandoval Hidalgo
Tomas Goros Trevino
Rufino Echegoyen Aparicio
Teresa Lagunes Josefa
Honorato Magaloni General Gutierrez
Luis Valdez Benito Juarez
Yareli Arizmendi Rosa Rivera
Marisol Valdez Linda Rivera
Julius Jansland Antonio Rivera
Mario Ecatl Zapata Juanito Rivera
Mario Alerto Hector Rivera
Mario Alberto Hector Rivera
Boris Peguero Eduardo Rivera
Maya Zapata Alicia Rivera
Gerardo Zepeda Guerrero
Lorena Victoria Libertad
Valentina Ponzanneli Old Cantina Lady
Pedro Altamirano Prison Guard
Gerardo Martinez Dungeon Soldier
Rojo Grau Firing Squad Lt.
Guido Bolanos Vitton's Guard
Roberto Olivo Farmer #1
Roberto Antunez Farmer #2

Second Unit Director: Joaquin Cervera
Set Decoration: Melo Hinojosa
Sound Department: Sarah Brady
Musical Direction: Joseph Julian Gonzalez
Art Director: Theresa Wachter

Complete Movie Review:

This “Cisco Kid,” re-invented by writer/director Valdez and co-scripter Michael Kane, outlines Cisco’s origins and first adventures. A Californian running guns to revolutionary Mexicans in 1867, he finds himself facing a French firing squad with another inmate, a cleric.

The two escape, and the priest — Pancho — tries to enlist Cisco in the revolution. “I don’t fight for causes,” he says, signaling to everyone who’s ever seen a revolution movie that he soon will be.

There’s very little here that will strike veteran Western viewers as novel, with the very important exception that all of the heroes are Latino and the villains are Cisco’s former gang of Texas outlaws and occupying French military.

Smits shows a fine comic touch as the vain, womanizing Cisco, and Marin plays the wise guy he’s been honing for more than 20 years, slightly toned down.

A bit of violence and language keep “The Cisco Kid” from being ideal for small children. Otherwise, it’s a welcome return for the characters and should bring knowing smiles to fans of Renaldo and Leo Carrillo (Pancho to Renaldo’s Cisco Kid), at least, when Smits and Marin join up at the end and greet each other with the familiar “Hey, Pancho!””Hey, Cisco!””Let’s ride!”

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Cisco Kid and Pancho

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