Taglines: A woman inspired by a man of dreams swept into the arms of a general, and drawn into a worlds of danger.
When school teacher Harriet Winslow goes to Mexico to teach, she is kidnapped by Gen. Tomas Arroyo and his revolutionaries. An aging American, Ambrose “Old Gringo” Bierce also in Mexico, befriends Gen. Arroyo and meets Harriet. Bierce is a famous writer, who knowing that he is dying, wishes to keep his identity secret so he can determine his own fate.
Though he likes Arroyo, Bierce tries to provoke the General’s anger whenever possible in an attempt to get himself killed, thus avoiding suffering through his illness. Winslow is intrigued by both Bierce and Arroyo, and the men are in turn attracted to her. She becomes romantically involved with Arroyo. When Winslow learns of Bierce’s true identity (a writer whose work she has loved and respected for years), she is singlemindedly determined to fulfill his dying wish.
Old Gringo is a 1989 American romantic adventure film starring Jane Fonda, Gregory Peck and Jimmy Smits. It was directed by Luis Puenzo and co-written with Aída Bortnik, based on the novel Gringo Viejo by Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes. The film was screened out of competition at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.
Old Gringo (1989)
Directed by: Luis Puenzo
Starring: Jane Fonda, Gregory Peck, Jimmy Smits, Patricio Contreras, Jenny Gago, Gabriela Roel, Sergio Calderón, Guillermo Ríos, Pedro Damián
Screenplay by: Aída Bortnik, Luis Puenzo
Production Design by: Bruno Rubeo, Stuart Wurtzel
Cinematography by: Félix Monti
Film Editing by: William M. Anderson, Glenn Farr, Juan Carlos Macías
Costume Design by: Enrico Sabbatini
Set Decoration by: Tessa Davies
Art Direction by: Scott Ritenour, Jorge Sainz
Music by: Lee Holdridge
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: October 6, 1989