Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1982 film “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez,” with Edward James Olmos, James Gammon, Tom Bower, Bruce McGill, Brion James, Alan Vint, Timothy Scott, Pepe Serna, Michael McGuire, William Sanderson, Barry Corbin, Jack Kehoe and Rosana DeSoto. Music composed and adapted by W. Michael Lewis and Edward James Olmos, production design by Stuart Wurtzel, costume design by Hilary Rosenfeld, photography by Ray Villalobos, screenplay by Victor Villasenor, adapted by Robert M. Young, based on “With a Pistol in His Hand” by Americo Paredes. Produced by Moctesuma Esparza and Michael Husman. Directed by Robert M. Young.

“The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez” has been reissued on DVD and Blu-ray by the Criterion Collection.

Writing in the New York Times (June 29, 1982), John J. O’Connor said:

The film adopts, quite successfully, the almost stately pacing of a long ballad, of a myth in the making. Mr. Olmos’ superb performance is supported beautifully by a cast that includes Tom Bower, James Gammon, Rosana DeSoto, Victoria Plata, Bruce McGill, Brion James, Pepe Serna, Michael McGuire and, in a tiny role, Ned Beatty. “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez” is intended to be the first in a series of productions based on Mexican American literature. The project [on public television’s “American Playhouse”] is off to an extremely imposing start.

Writing in the New York Times (Oct. 14, 1983), Janet Maslin said:

“The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez,” which opens today at Cinema I, offers two different perspectives on a legendary Texas manhunt. The sincerity of Robert M. Young’s film is readily apparent, yet in its soft-spoken and serious way, “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez” presents a no less exaggerated portrait of the old West than the wildest and wooliest cowboy sagas. If frontier characters didn’t truly rope and ride and yell “Yahoo!” without interruption, neither can they have been as solemn, quiet and reflective as the figures in this deliberately muted drama.

Oct 1, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Buddy Vigil.

Oct. 2, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mustachioed mystery gent.

"Blade Runner"

Update: This is Brion James. You may recognize him from “Blade Runner,” which also featured Edward James Olmos.

Oct. 3, 2018, Mystery Photo

Wednesday’s mystery guest is having a cup of coffee.


Update: This is Bruce McGill. You may recognize him from “Animal House.”

Brain Trust roll call: Benito (Tuesday’s mystery gent), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (Tuesday’s mystery gent), Frank (Tuesday’s mystery gent) and Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery gent).

Oct. 4, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have another mustachioed gent….

Update: This is Tom Bower, who appeared with Olmos in “American Me.”

Oct. 4, 2018, Mystery Photo
… also a mystery woman.

Update: This is Rosana (Rosanna) DeSoto, who appeared with Olmos in “Stand and Deliver.”

Brain Trust roll call: Tucson Barbara (Wednesday’s mystery gent).

Oct. 5, 2018, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, our non-mysterious leading man.

Update: This is Edward James Olmos.

Brain Trust roll call: Sue Slutzky (mystery movie and Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery guests), Sylvia E (mystery movie and Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests) and Megan Lee Ann and Thom (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery gent and Thursday’s mystery woman).

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28 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  1. Charles Kjelland says:

    Will Sampson?


  2. Benito says:

    Brion James today, looking 19th century. 172 screen credits, including Blade Runner and Cabin Boy


  3. Lee Ann, Thom and Megan says:

    Brion James for Tuesday.


  4. Frank says:

    A little chubby, but kinda looks like Brion James…


  5. SylviaE says:

    Monday – my guess is Joaquin Martinez (I’m sure I’ll change that later)


  6. Bruce Reznick says:

    Allen Garfield for Tuesday?


  7. tucsonbarbara says:

    I think that’s Brion James in “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez.”


  8. tucsonbarbara says:

    Wednesday’s gent is Bruce McGill


  9. Sue Slutzky says:

    I don’t know Monday’s guest, but he looks familiar. Tuesday: Brion James, Wed.: Bruce McGill, Thurs.: Tom Bower and Rosanna DeSoto. The movie is “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez” from 1982.


  10. Mary Mallory says:

    Luke Perry today?


  11. tucsonbarbara says:

    Thursday – Tom Bower and Rosanna DeSoto


  12. SylviaE says:

    The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez 1982

    Mon – he looks a little like the director of the movie, Robert M. Young (in younger days.)
    Tues – Brion James
    Weds – Bruce McGill
    Thurs – Tom Bower and Rosanna DeSoto (recognized her from a McMillan and Wife episode)

    Looking forward to tomorrow and Saturday.


  13. Lee Ann, Thom and Megan says:

    Bruce McGill for Wednesday & Rosanna DeSoto for today in The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez.


  14. tucsonbarbara says:

    Edward James Olmos


  15. Mary Mallory says:

    TH BALLAD OF GREGORIO CORTEZ. Pepe Serna Monday, Brion James Tuesday, Bruce McGill Wednesday, Tom Bower and Rosanna DeSoto yesterday, and Edward James Olmos today.


  16. Sarah says:

    “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez.” Thank you Edward James Olmos.


  17. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Brion James for tuesday and Edward James Olmos today for BALLAD OF GREGORIO CORTEZ.


  18. Sue Slutzky says:

    The last mystery guest is Edward James Olmos.


  19. beachgal says:

    Ah! This is The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez with Edward James Olmos on Friday.


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