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Tepepa (1969)

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Tepepa (1969)
Country ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Giulio Petroni
Release Date 1969
Language Italian
Studio Filmamerica
Società Italiana Attuazione Progetti (SIAP)
Productores Exhibidores Films Sociedad Anónima (PEFSA)
Distributor Magna
Main Cast
Character Actor
Jesus Maria "Tepepa" Moran Tomás Milián
Colonel. Cascorro Orson Welles
Doctor Henry Price John Steiner

Tepepa (Also known as: Blood and Guns or Viva la revolución, lit: Long Live The Revolution) is a 1969 Italian-Spanish Spaghetti Western directed by Giulio Petroni starring Tomás Milián as the revolutionary (and titular) Tepepa.

After Doctor Henry Price saves the worker Tepepa from being shot by soldiers, both join the Mexican Revolution for purely selfish reasons; Tepepa on a simple whim against Francisco Madero and Price out of revenge. Meanwhile, Colonel Cascorro will not stop pursuing the revolutionaries until he finds Tepepa, the main objective, and in the process subvert the movement before it gains strength throughout the territory.

Tepepa is considered the first "Zapata Western" made in Italy. The film was a relative success in the European and international market, as is considered one of the best Spaghetti/Zapata Westerns.

However, according to the director, Giuliano Petroni, the film's set was in constant chaos due to the tensions that existed between Tomás Milián and Orson Welles, whom Petroni claims was personally disappointing, since he demonstrated bad behavior towards Tomás Milián, even insulting him by calling him "Dirty Cuban" or "That Cuban".

The following weapons were used in the film Tepepa (1969):


Colt 1873 Single Action Army

The Colt Single Action Army is seen in a few scenes. The models used appear to be Uberti replicas due to the brass trigger guard they have.

Colt 1873 Single Action Army w/ 5.5" barrel - .45 Long Colt
A close-up of a Colt SAA belonging to one of the Mexican soldiers.
Several weapons are seen in a Mexican Army armory, including a mutilated Colt SAA without the cylinder.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 (M&P)

Colonel Cascorro (Orson Welles) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 10 as his personal weapon. The vast majority of Mexican Army soldiers also carry Smith & Wesson Model 10s, but these are holstered and not used.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 (M&P) w/ 5" Barrel - .38 Special
Col. Corroso tries to shoot Tepepa after the latter shoots at his motor vehicle, preventing him from escaping.
After his Smith & Wesson Model 10 (M&P) runs out of ammunition, Corroso opens the cylinder to discard the empty casings.
When the revolutionaries debate what to do with Corroso, the latter finds a Smith & Wesson Model 10 (M&P) in the holster of one of his soldiers.


Mauser C96

Henry Price (John Steiner) carries a Mauser C96 as his main weapon, however, Tepepa (Tomás Milián) is the one who uses it most frequently, since it was stolen from him. Taking into account that the film was shot in Spain, it is possible that it is an Astra 900.

Mauser C96 (Pre-War) - 7.63x25mm Mauser
After losing the Mexican soldiers, Tepepa relaxes with Price's Mauser C96 in hand.
After returning his sidearm, Price cocks and points his Mauser C96 towards Tepepa without him realizing it..
Finally, Tepepa realizes that his savior is unexpectedly pointing his gun at him.
Henry Price resists the temptation to blow Tepepa's face off with his Mauser C96.
A nice shot of the Mauser C96 as Tepepa waits for Henry Price to fix the "junk" and continue his journey.
Tepepa aims the Mauser C96 at Price after feeling offended by the latter.
Tepepa wakes up with his Mauser C96 in his hands when he realizes that Price has escaped from the room where he was locked up.
The Mauser C96 is seen on a table when Tepepa orders Price to write a letter to the governor.
Paquito (Luciano Casamonic): "He doesn't like México..."

Submachine Guns

Thompson M1928A1 (Mocked-up as a Hotchkiss M1914)

During the ambush of a group of Mexican soldiers on Tepepa, one of the soldiers fires a Hotchkiss M1914. A closer inspection reveals this weapon is actually a mock-up built from an M1928A1 Thompson.

M1928A1 Thompson w/ 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
Hotchkiss M1914 w/ tripod - 8x50mmR Lebel
Some Mexican soldiers use a highly modified Thompson to shoot some revolutionaries.
Other soldiers ambush Tepepa using a "Hotchkiss M1914" hidden in a stagecoach.
Despite their high rate of fire, the soldiers cannot reach Tepepa, but they can reach his horse, but that does not count.
A close-up shot of the highly modified Thompson.
Note the receiver, magazine and muzzle of the Thompson M1928A1, which appears to be being used as a stand.
A distant view of the "Hotchkiss M1914" next to the destroyed and burning carriage.


Garate El Tigre

Several of Tepepa's revolutionaries are armed with Garate El Tigre rifles, to a lesser extent than the Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy".

Garate El Tigre - .44 Largo
Three revolutionaries in total are armed with Garate El Tigre rifles to protect the unarmed revolutionaries.
The three revolutionaries celebrate with the rest of their companions the agreement reached by Tepepa with the governor.

Mauser Model 1893

What appears to be an 1893 Spanish Mauser appears briefly at the Mexican revolutionaries' base, it is also used by the Mexican Army in some scenes.

Spanish Mauser Model 1893 - 7x57mm Mauser
Paquito asks Dr. Henry Price again if he likes Mexico, to which the latter again denies his liking for the country.

Karabiner 98k

Although to a lesser extent than the rest of the Mauser rifles, the (anachronistic) Karabiner 98k is used by Tepepa's revolutionaries.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Karabiner 98k "Kriegsmodell" - 7.92x57mm Mauser
One of the many revolutionaries leaves his Karabiner 98k on the table.
An FPS view of a Kar98k used by Tepepa to threaten Col. Cascorro.
Tepepa appears in Cascorro's office, but realizes that he left the place a while ago.
Several soldiers armed with Kar98ks during the climax of the film.
The revolutionaries set a trap for the Mexican Army, where they manage to kill everyone.
One of the soldiers uses a Kar98k "Kriegsmodell" to try to shoot the revolutionaries, but cannot.
Note the Vickers' tripod,

Steyr-Mannlicher M1895

What appears to be a Steyr-Mannlicher M1895 is briefly used by Tepepa (Tomás Milián) when he finds Henry Price with a woman. After Tepepa leaves Henry alone, he throws the Steyr-Mannlicher M1895 at one of his guerrilleros.

Steyr-Mannlicher Model 1895/30 - 8x50mmR Mannlincher
Suddenly, Tepepa armed with a Steyr-Mannlicher Model 1895 appears in the cell with a group of revolutionaries to free the imprisoned guerrillas.
Tepepa throws his Steyr-Mannlicher Model 1895 to one of his revolutionaries.
When Henry Price escapes from the room where Tepepa locked him up, he appears in a room where several Steyr-Mannlicher Model 1895s can be seen.

Remington Model 721

What appears to be a (also anachronistic) Remington Model 721 is used at several points in the film. Tepepa (Tomás Milián) holds a Remington Model 721 while negotiating with Governor Francisco Madero.

Remington Model 721 w/o scope - .270 Winchester
Tepepa feels a certain uncertainty as he stands in front of the governor he hates so much, holding a Remington 721 to relax.
Tepepa offers the governor a negotiation so that the revolutionaries are not cruelly massacred.
A good side shot of the Remington 721.
A close-up shot of the Remington 721 in Tepepa's hands.
Tepepa gives his Remington 721 to the governor as a promise to cease fire.

Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy"

When Henry Price (John Steiner) encounters Tepepa (Tomás Milián) again, at the last minute he decides to try to kill him using a Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy", but fails. Several revolutionaries are also armed with a Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy".

Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy" - .44 Rimfire
Henry Price slowly removes the Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy" from his horse's saddle holster...
...and in a fit of rage, he tries to shoot Tepepa in front of everyone.
The Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy" along with many other rifles of the revolutionaries.
Note the Maxim M1895 trying to go unnoticed.
A revolutionary places his Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy" on the table where all revolutionaries must place their weapons.
A close-up of the Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy."

Machine Guns

Maxim 1895 (Mocked-up as a Browning M1917)

During the climax of the film, some soldiers carry a Maxim 1895 machine gun mocked-up as a Browning M1917, due to the jacket with brass caps.

Maxim 1895 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
For comparison: Browning M1917 - .30-06 Springfield
One of the soldiers is killed and loses his machine gun when Tepepa throws down his whip to pull him.
Note the handles that identify it as a modified Maxim M1895.
A soldier realizes that everything is over...
Tepepa drags the Maxim M1895 with the whip.
Note the sight on the top of the jacket, which may indicate that they took the jacket from a Browning M1917 and put it on a Maxim Machine Gun.

Vickers Mk. I

During the climax of the film, the Mexican Army transports a Vickers Mk. I. It is never used against the revolutionaries, since Tepepa (Tomás Millián) manages to throw the Vickers Mk. I from the carriage that was transporting him with a whip.

Vickers Mk. I w/ ribbed water jacket - .303 British
Some soldiers carry a Vickers Mk. I Machine gun on a stagecoach with other soldiers.

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