The Cisco Kid

Luis Valdez

Main Cast
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 .... Lundquist
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. .... General Montano
Phil Esparza .... Kessler
Clayton Landey .... Van Boose
Charles McCaughan .... Haynie
Tony Pandolfo .... Alain Vitton
Roger Cudney .... Alcott
Joaquín Garrido .... Lopez
Guillermo Ríos .... Hernandez

Writing credits:
O. Henry (character)
Michael Kane (story)
Michael Kane and Luis Valdez (teleplay)

Filming Locations:
Guadalupe, Zacatecas, Mexico
Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico
San Pedro Tlochataco, Hidalgo, Mexico
Santa Maria Regla, Hidalgo, Mexico
Sierra de Organos, Sombrerete, Zacatecas, Mexico
Sinaloa, Mexico Sombrerete, Zacatecas, Mexico

Production Companies:
Esparza/Katz Productions
Goodman/Rosen Productions
Turner Pictures [us]

Comedy / Western

Plot Summary:
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.

Extract from an article in the New York Daily News
January 30, 1994

Firstly, the main characters are Hispanics, on film and in reality, as opposed to casting non-Latinos in these roles. Jimmy Smits plays Cisco, while Cheech Marin interprets Pancho, the sidekick. Secondly, and most importantly, the concept of Cisco and his subsequent relationship with his partner, has been elevated to a higher realm. The team is no longer a crude desperado with an incompetent side, as in earlier versions. Both roles have been reworked so that Cisco -- a la Batman -- is a gentleman of means, crusading for justice, riding the western plains in search selfhood and the meaning of life. Whereas Pancho is no longer the drunken idiot, but is instead a brave individual -- cheerful and intelligent.

Production for "The Cisco Kid" took place in Mexico with a cast of movie industry locals. The story unfolds in 1867, during the French occupation under Emperor Maximilian's reign. The towns and regions chosen for filming were selected for their authenticity in depicting old western prairies and landscapes. The major challenge for producers, Moctesuma Esparza and Robert Katz, was reproducing the battles against the French troops. More than 400 period uniforms were rented in England, France and Mexico in an effort to bring major realism to the piece.

Extract from an interview with Ron Perlman at the Palm Springs International Film Festival
by The Desert Sun newspaper, January 16, 1994

Most recently, Perlman put on a Mexican (sic: French) army outfit to play Lt. Delacroix in "The Cisco Kid." His director was the leading Chicano filmmaker, Luis Vladez. "It was great working for Luis Valdez," Perlman said. "He's a very distinguished individual, a very bright guy who has a rich, textured past in the theatre, where my roots are. He got me to go back to Mexico, which was really a pleasure. Everybody has a place where they go and feel at home and I don't know why, I've always felt that way with Mexico."

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