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Old Gringo
Publication Information:
Burbank, Calif. : RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video

Culver City, Calif. : Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.) : DVD video, sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details:
DVD; NTSC; region 1; widescreen (1.85:1) (side A) and full screen (side B) presentations; stereo, Dolby Digital 4.0 surround; remastered in high definition.
Target Audience:
MPAA rating: R.
Language Note:
In English with optional English, Spanish, French, and Korean subtitles; closed-captioned in English.
General Note:
Special feature: Theatrical trailers.

Videodisc release of the 1989 motion picture.

Based upon the novel "Gringo viejo" by Carlos Fuentes.
Harriet, a frustrated spinster, flees her unrewarding life in America, hoping to discover the passion in her soul. Ambrose Bierce, the Old Gringo, is a retired journalist and adventurer who wanders through the hostile desert, seeking some meaning to the last years of his life. Arroyo, a fiery young general, is driven by both the Revolution and his desire for Harriet. Set in the spectacle of the Mexican Revolution, their lives become inexplicably drawn together as they face love, death and war.


Material Type
Shelf Number
DVD PN1997.O43G75 2002 1

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In this historical drama based on Carlos Fuentes' novel, Harriet Winslow (Jane Fonda) is a naive woman who, hoping to broaden her horizons, accepts a job as a governess in Mexico in 1913. However, Harriet unknowingly finds herself thrown into the middle of the Mexican revolution, where she attracts the attentions of two very different men: an elderly American gentleman (Gregory Peck) who has come to Mexico to die, and Tomas Arroyo (Jimmy Smits), a general with Pancho Villa's army of rebels who is fighting for the freedom of his people. The American's attraction to Harriet is more intellectual (though he unmistakably finds her attractive), while Arroyo holds a greater romantic allure to Harriet, who is still a stranger to the ways of love. In time, she gains a new sense of freedom and self-knowledge in Mexico, but while the victories of Villa's forces bring out an unseemly arrogance in Arroyo, Harriet makes a surprising discovery about the Old Gringo -- that he is in fact the fabled author Ambrose Bierce, who vanished years before. Old Gringo was the first American film for director Luis Puenzo, and the next-to-last for star Jane Fonda. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi