The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez
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The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez
There was a genuine ballad behind The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, based on a real-life character. Cortez, a San Antonio cowpoke, was arrested in 1901 because he resembled the actual criminal. Unable to speak English, Cortez fights off the authorities, inadvertently killing a sheriff in the process. His subsequent life and death as a fugitive from the Texas Rangers forms the core of this independently produced project. Adapted from a novel by Americo Paredes, Ballad of Gregorio Cortez stars Edward James Olmos (who wrote some of the film's incidental music) in the title role. Originally… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A subdued revisionist Western based on a Mexican ballad about a true story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"For Director Young, the tragic poignancy derives from the fact that despite rich heritage the alien Anglo culture forced Gregorio to become an outsider and to speak a language that needed translation."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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