Release dateNovember 12, 1959 (1959-11-12) (Mexico)
November 1, 1961 (1961-11-01) (United States) Based on"La Cucaracha" WriterJose Bolanos, Ricardo Garibay (dialogue), Ricardo Garibay (screenplay), Ismael Rodriguez, Jose Luis de Celis (dialogue), Jose Luis de Celis (screenplay) ScreenplayJose Bolanos, Jose Luis de Celis CastDolores del Río (Isabel Puente), Antonio Aguilar (Capitán Ventura), Flor Silvestre (Lola), Ignacio López Tarso (Trinidad), Cuco Sánchez (Cantante), Irma Torres (Soldadera) Similar moviesDolores del Rio movies, Movies about Mexico
The Soldiers of Pancho Villa (Spanish: La Cucaracha) is a 1959 Mexican epic historical drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Ismael Rodríguez, inspired by the popular Mexican Revolution corrido "La Cucaracha". It stars María Félix and Dolores del Río in the lead roles, and features Emilio Fernández, Antonio Aguilar, Flor Silvestre, and Pedro Armendáriz in supporting roles.
The film was nominated for a Golden Palm award at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. It was named the ninety-sixth best film of Mexican cinema by Somos magazine.
When the Mexican Revolution was exploding, there was a woman who made history, her name was "La Cucaracha" (María Félix). Her great passion was the Revolution, but her downfall was a man: Colonel Antonio Zeta (Emilio Fernández), who has eyes for another woman, Isabel, the widow (Dolores del Río). The rivalry between both women explodes.
María Félix as Refugio "La Cucaracha"
Dolores del Río as Isabel
Emilio Fernández as Colonel Antonio Zeta
Antonio Aguilar as Captain Ventura
Flor Silvestre as Lola
Ignacio López Tarso as Trinidad
Cuco Sánchez as Soldier
Irma Torres as Soldadera
Miguel Manzano as Gabriel Fuentes
Lupe Carriles as "Trompeta"
Humberto Almazán as Soldier
Alicia del Lago as Pregnant soldadera
Emma Roldán as Midwife
Tito Novaro sa Jacobo Méndez
Manuel Trejo Morales
Antonio Haro Oliva as Revolutionary priest
David Reynoso as Colonel Ricardo Zúñiga
Amado Zumaya as Soldier
Mario Jarero as
Manuel Vergara as Soldier
Guillermo Hernández as Soldier
Armando Gutiérrez as Priest
José Carlos Méndez as Pinguico
Pedro Armendáriz as Colonel Valentín Razo
Los Dorados as Performers at cantina
Dueto América as Singing revolutionary duet
La Cucaracha premiered at the Robles and Ariel theaters in Mexico City on November 12, 1959 for five weeks. It premiered in the United States at New York City's Tivoli Theatre on November 1, 1961.
Howard Thompson of The New York Times gave La Cucaracha a positive review by writing: "Although the film never rises in stature above its melodramatic plane and romantic embellishments, it is well acted, crisply directed by producer Ismael Rodríguez and graphically photographed by Gabriel Figueroa... Both Señorita Félix, as the amoral spitfire, and Señorita Del Río, as her aristocratic adversary, are persuasively passionate. Señor Fernández, as their manly quarry, is excellent. Even minus real depth, there is much to be said for a melodramatic eye-filler as tough and tangy as this one. Neighbors below, let's have more."