High noon in Durango: la muerte cruzo el Rio Bravo was Eduardo Yanez's first outing in the big screen--it would go on to make him a star.

Author:Trevino, Joseph


La muerte cruzo el Rio Bravo is an unapologetic Mexican flick with a Spanish-speaking Latino audience in mind, much like Jackie Chan movies or Chow Yun Fat films from Hong Kong were before he was discovered by westerners via John Woo's heroic bloodshed films.

Unlike films produced by New Mexican Cinema, whose target audience is an international or art house viewer, Mexican studios often chunked out 170 movies per year directed solely for a domestic moviegoer, including the important Spanish-speaking market in the U.S.

Derided as trash by critics who would not even bother to review genre films, "La muerte" has survived the death of commercial Mexican cinema and become a cult favorite. To this day, it is a fen favorite.

Created by Carlos Vasallo, the prolific Spanish producer who then owned ESME, a company that specialized in co-productions that were decades ahead of their time and united film teams from Mexico, the U.S., Spain and other European countries, La muerte cruzo el Rio Bravo is an unapologetic B movie typical of 1980s Mexican films--a modern day Western, which was a unique domestic creation.

Filmed in 1984, La muerte cruzo el Rio Bravo is a no-nonsense action movie. Sprinkle some comedy into it, infuse it with a soundtrack produced by Los Broncos de Reynosa (a norteno band fronted by perhaps the best songwriter of corridos, Paulino Vargas), throw some first-class eye candy in Maribel Guardia and you've got the perfect vehicle to launch a young Latin Lover into a celuloid landscape that was famished for new stars.

The plot follows the guidelines of a simple revenge Western. Still, it's a low-budget production that is cool with itself and just happens to have loads of charisma, carried on the shoulders of the country's newest leading man.

The film, directed by Durango native Hernando Name and written by Carlos Valdemar, starts off with Fernando, a young man who is fleeing Durango's countryside, with his cowboy shirt tom, dirty jeans and matted hair. A truck driver gives him a lift and helps him evade rural highway police before dropping him off at an airport.

Flashback to Santiago Papasquiaro, a town in Durango where two older men, the ruddy Don Plutarco, played by veteran actor from Mexico's golden age, Nardsco Busquets, and Eleazar Garda "Chelelo," a comedy actor...

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