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Old Gringo

Gregory Peck *is* Ambrose Bierce! Yep, this massively expensive western has the author of the much-quoted Devil’s Dictionary and the much-ripped-off Incident at Owl Creek Bridge coming to the sardonic aid of schoolmarm Jane Fonda, as kidnapped by ‘I’ll be played by’ Jimmy Smits. Interminable epic scenes of the Mexican revolution in full swing make this every bit as much a spiralling budgetary liability as Munchausen, but do you see Hollywood journos quoting this as a textbook profligate disaster? Nope, they go for the ‘European’ cock-up every time. Veh!

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