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100 Rifles (1969)
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Lyedecker (Jim Brown) is the Arizona lawman who travels to Mexico in search of Yaqui Joe (Burt Reynolds). Joe has made an illegal withdrawal of $6,000 from the band in Phoenix to help finance his tribes's uprising against the Mexican government. Sarita (Raquel Welch) is the local woman who is friendly towards the Indian leaders. Both men are tracked by General Verdugo (Fernando Lamas), the career-minded military man who realizes a victory could boost his station in high-society and politics. Also on hand is the American railroad agent Grimes (Dan O'Herlihy). The battle ensues between the Indians and the government troops as Lyedecker and Joe form a temporary alliance to survive. They are captured by the troops, but the Indians instead of the calvary come to the rescue in this routine western taken from a novel by Robert MacLeod.

Set in 1912 Mexico, an Arizona lawman named Lyedecker (Brown) travels to a remote village looking for Yaqui Joe (Reynolds), a half-Indian, half-white bank robber who has stolen $6,000 (in Arizona) to buy 100 rifles for his Yaqui people who are being repressed by the government.
Lyedecker isn't concerned with Yaqui Joe's cause of helping his tribe, and all he cares about is getting the money returned to a Phoenix bank within his jurisdiction. The two men escape to the hills where they are joined by Sarita (Welch), a beautiful Indian revolutionary. They eventually become allies and fight for the Indians.
Taking over the leadership of the Yaquis, Lyedecker ambushes Verdugo's train while Sarita distracts the attention of the soldiers on board by taking a public shower. The train is later derailed in a town and the culmination of the film is a fierce gun battle which Yaqui Joe and his people finally win.

In the early 1900's, Yaqui Joe, a half-breed Indian, robs an Arizona bank and flees across the border into the Mexican town of Nogales where the governor, General Verdugo, aided by a German military advisor, Von Klemme, is waging a war of annihilation against the Yaqui Indians. Verdugo captures Joe and orders him shot, whereupon Lyedecker, a black American deputy assigned to bring the half-breed back to the States, intervenes and is himself arrested. The two men escape to the hills where they are joined by Sarita, a beautiful Indian revolutionary. After Joe has revealed that he used the bank loot to purchase 100 rifles for the Indians, General Verdugo once more captures the two men and orders them shot. Determined to see that the rifles reach her people, Sarita leads an attack on the General's hacienda and frees the two men as well as the rifles. Enraged, Verdugo retaliates by storming a Yaqui village and taking children as hostages. Lyedecker, finally won over to both Sarita and the Indian cause, rescues the children and vows to destroy Verdugo. Taking over the leadership of the Yaquis, Lyedecker ambushes Verdugo's train while Sarita distracts the attention of the soldiers on board by taking a public shower. The railroad manager, Grimes, captured by the Indians, escapes and warns Verdugo that the Indians plan to attack the town with the train, but Lyedecker outwits the General by filling the train with dead bodies. As Verdugo's men open fire on the corpses, the Yaquis attack from behind. During the bloody battle, Verdugo is killed and his men are defeated, but Sarita also pays with her life. Returning to the United States without his prisoner, Lyedecker leaves Yaqui Joe to take over the leadership of the Indians.

Release Date: March 1969

Distrib: 20th Century Fox