84-“Pancho”

Don Luis has hired Paladin to escort his daughter away from her home and a peasant boy who has grown up and has eyes for heras

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen Writers: Shimon Wincelberg, Herb Meadow (creator)

RAFAEL CAMPOS as Pancho Villa Doroteo, LISA MONTELL as Soledad Ortega

EDWARD COLMANS as Don Luis Ortega, RICO ALANIZ as Tall Rancher

Don Luis has hired Paladin to escort his daughter away from her home and a peasant boy who has grown up and has eyes for her. The boy has thoughts of revenge for the mistreatment at her father’s hand and tries to do exactly that;unless Paladin can intervene.
This is the day the dog reaches for the sun, Doña Soledad.
I will protect you from him,
But how am I to protect you from yourself?

EXT. MEXICAN DESERT – DAY

TALL RANCHER
Señor! Be so good as to move on! Move on, do you hear me?

PALADIN
This boy needs help.

TALL RANCHER
He does not need your help, nor do I.

PALADIN
Well, why not ask him? Get up. Get up and start digging.

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
Cigar?

PALADIN
Cigar?! Alright. Now, you just take it easy. You’re not missing anything.
Except a slow death. What would ever cause them to do that to a boy?

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
I am a man, señor. Don’t you ever forget that.

PALADIN
Well, I suppose that justifies it. I beg your pardon.
What’s your name?

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
Ah, you talk too much.

PALADIN
Well, I’m very sorry to have disturbed you.
Would you like me to cover you up again?

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
Where is your horse?

PALADIN
Wait a minute.

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
I must borrow this. And your gun belt.

PALADIN
I didn’t mean to leave you here.

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
Maybe. But I have business now, for this man who put me here.

PALADIN
Don’t you think you ought to let the law handle that?

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
The law?! I am a man, Señor! It is only a few miles. You look strong enough.

Paladin starts walking down the dusty road. He arrives at a Mexican hacienda.

EXT. MEXICAN HACIENDA -DAY

DON LUIS ORTEGA
Señor?

PALADIN
Don luis ortega? I came as quickly as I could. My name is paladin.

DON LUIS ORTEGA
You came on foot? But this is ridiculous!

PALADIN
I stopped to help a boy and he stole my horse.

TALL RANCHER
He stole your horse, only? You are lucky, señor.
That boy Doroteo kills with no more thought of mercy than a scorpion.

PALADIN
Unlike you, whose tortures are slow and full of thought.

DON LUIS ORTEGA
He is the one? You had no right to interfere, Señor.
Doroteo was there on my orders.

PALADIN
Now, what possible crime could he have committed that would justify such a punishment?

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
You are paladin, who is to take me to the United States?

DON LUIS ORTEGA
Soledad, please. There has been a complication.

TALL RANCHER
There has, indeed. We may shoot him, instead.
Why would you dig a stranger out of an ant hill? What was he to you?

DON LUIS ORTEGA
He was a boy in pain. I might be moved to dig you out of an ant hill, if I hadn’t already met you.

TALL RANCHER
He’s in the boy’s pay. You hire him to take the girl to the United States,
Instead he will take her to the boy.

PALADIN
Agh! I don’t want this job.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
But, Señor! You do not wish to take me to the United States?

DON LUIS ORTEGA
It is not a pleasure trip! Go to your room. What are you thinking?

PALADIN
I bet to her, to that girl, all our adult problems
Are merely a romantic adventure.
Sí, señor. She is young. Perhaps it is her fault, as well as the boy’s.
But that doroteo not only threatens me if I do not give her to him,
He also makes a mockery of our law.
We are at war, señor. The peóns wish to be lords.
And the law of nature is turned upside down by that boy.
The peóns swear he is immortal. They follow him.
Where will it end? It is a terrible punishment,
But I wish you had left him. Take señor paladin to his room.

TALL RANCHER
You are fortunate he shows mercy on you. But I will be on guard tonight.

EXT. MEXICAN FORT – NIGHT

TALL RANCHER
¿qué quieres?

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
Hey, yankee! Thank you!

DON LUIS ORTEGA
Dead. It is your horse?

PALADIN
And my gun.

DON LUIS ORTEGA
He plays with us a cat and mouse game.
Soon, he will come for my daughter, and they will not stop him.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
He said, “thank you, yankee.”

PALADIN
Don luis, why don’t you take your daughter out yourself?

DON LUIS ORTEGA
I am old. He would catch me at his leisure. And I will not leave. It is my land!
And I will not let the son of a slave drive me off it.
I have no choice! Take her with you.

PALADIN
All right. We’ll leave as soon as possible.

DON LUIS ORTEGA
I will see to a horse for her.

PALADIN
You know the road?

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
There are many roads, Señor. And he is on all of them.

PALADIN
You come prepared, anyway.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
If he catches us, I advice you to use this on yourself, Señor.
It is better than letting him kill us slowly for his own amusement.

PALADIN
Thank you. Uh, and you?

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
Oh, he will not harm me. I am keeping this for you.

PALADIN
Thank you.

DON LUIS ORTEGA
I will come to you as soon as I’m able.
Vaya con dios, eh? Señor paladin? Adios.

PALADIN

Adios.

EXT. MEXICAN DESERT -DAY

Paladin and Soledad stop by a stream to water their horses.

PALADIN
Tired?

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
Not tired enough to rest in a place like this.

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
Señor! I didn’t get a chance to thank you properly,
And already you place me further in your debt.

PALADIN
You can thank me by getting out of my way.

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
Ha, why are you so unfriendly? I only want to reward you.
Tonight, we will celebrate what you have done for me.

PALADIN
My companion is in a great hurry.

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
Your friend is in a hurry? What is your name, amigo?

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
Hernando.

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
You do not like my face? Keep your eyes on it! Hernando?
Strange that I have never seen you before. Or have I?
And yet you refuse to have a drink with me?

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
That is very gracious of you. But we do not have time.

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
Neither do I. We will camp here tonight.
I think that “boy” is afraid to climb down.
You will draw against me? I tried to be your friend, and you spit on me!
Está bien. You saved my life,
Today I will let you live. You and, and that boy without a nose.
That will make us even. Tomorrow… I will not know you anymore.
¡ya pasó. ¡vámanos!

EXT. DESERT CAMP -DAY

PALADIN
Thank you. Soledad, on your father’s hacienda,
A peón is not much more than a slave, is he?

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
Oh, they are very happy. All except that one, that Doroteo.
Some evil demon made him dissatisfied. Even as a child, he had evil dreams.

PALADIN
About you?

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
Why not? He saw me every day. Even the dog has the right to dream about the sun.

PALADIN
Well, the sun shines equally on all.
It doesn’t smile at one, or wink an eye, Or toss its hair.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
But, he belonged to my father. Why should I not amuse myself?

PALADIN
Because the dog is now old enough and wild enough
To want some amusement of his own.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
Señor, my father paid you to protect me. He paid you well.

PALADIN
I can protect you from him. I cannot protect you from yourself.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
What do you mean?

PALADIN
I think you, yourself, are the evil demon that made him dissatisfied.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
I?

PALADIN
Soledad…On the day that the dog can reach up and touch the sun, Heaven help you.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – DUSK
Ah!

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
I hate you!

PALADIN
All right.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
If you tried to touch me, I would kill myself!

PALADIN
No danger.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
You do not find me attractive?

PALADIN
Well, not if it’s gonna cause you to kill yourself, no.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
You ice cold norteamericanos. You have no feeling for beauty.
For tenderness. For love.
All you think about is the gold my father paid you.

PALADIN
Don’t talk so loudly. I don’t want to lose the gold.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
You care more about the gold than you do for me.

PALADIN
The gold belongs to me and you do not.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
Conditions can change, eh?

PALADIN
Certainly. I may lose the gold.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
Oh, that is not what I was talking about!
Have you no feelings for love?

PALADIN
Ask me again when we get safely across the border.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
Safely? I spit on your safety! You have the heart of a, a rabbit! Yes, a sick rabbit!

PALADIN
Soledad?

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
Sí?

PALADIN
Come here. Ah, what a pity.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
What?

PALADIN
That, as you said… If I should touch you, you would surely kill yourself.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
Oh! You… Gringo pig!

EXT. ON THE TRAIL -DAY

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
Señor, all my life, I’ve been running away in this country. I know exactly where there is to go. When I saw your horses going to the river, I knew you’d come exactly here. So, I am here waiting. Shut up that noise, woman! Soledad! I welcome you. But I like you better with hair. Señor, now you can say you have done your duty, But in vain. So, now let us act like civilized people. Drink and celebrate, While we wait for the priest.

PALADIN
Priest?

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
Of course. For our wedding. Ha, you thought that I wasn’t gonna make an honest woman of you? But my men are looking for a priest right now. I told them at least an archbishop!
For a wedding of nobility.

EXT. CELEBRATION -DAY

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
Oh! It is a glorious life, the life of an outlaw! Huh?
I am a hunted man with few simple pleasures.
I am no man to be afraid of when I’m not fighting.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
Where are your women?

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
Ha. If your father knew that, he would know too much.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
You have a village?

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO

Everything. Children, families. Little farm. Almost like we were humans, Soledad.
But we have no Don Luis.

PALADIN
Doroteo, this is a stupid, cruel thing you’re doing.
Taking your revenge on Don Luis through his daughter.

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
You think that I’m a toothless, ugly old man
Who has to take a woman by force?
She likes me!
I know when a woman likes me.

PALADIN
Well, Soledad? You see what you’ve done?
Your dog reaches for the sun.

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
You will do better to keep your mouth shut.
She wants to stay with me.

PALADIN
She is a very young, very stupid girl.
All this to her is one big adventure.
What do you think is gonna happen when the music and the dancing stops?
She finds herself alone, she’s homesick.
She has to feed herself, comb her own hair and wash her own feet?

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
I can do that all! I am a wonderful cook.
These are my people, Señor. They speak my language.
They fight for freedom!
Oh, you know nothing about it.

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
You will make a fine revolutionary.

PALADIN
I suppose when you kill her father, you’re going to give her the gun?

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
Shoot my father? That is silly.

PALADIN

Is it?!
You think this war’s gonna stop because you stay with him?
If she has a free choice, Doroteo,
You tell her the truth.

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
Muchacha,
Your father is my enemy.
Please, feel my back.
Those scars you feel are from his whip.
’cause I looked at you in a way he did not like.
There isn’t one man who’d be left alive in this world, after doing that to me.

PALADIN
Well, Soledad, that’s a pretty good joke on your father, isn’t it?
To lose his daughter to the peón he had whipped for looking at her.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
But if we get married, you’ll no longer be a peón.

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
In your father’s eyes, I will always be a peón.

PALADIN
Now, do you understand?

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
You will let my father live, eh?

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
Let him live?
Why, certainly. If he erases my scars.
¡caballo! ¡caballo!

EXT. ON THE TRAIL -DAY

PALADIN
All right, this is far enough.
Go on back.
The girl’s father hired me to bring her to safety,
Not to fight his war with you.

PANCHO VILLA DOROTEO
Perhaps someday you will be sorry, Doña Soledad.
This war, I will win.
And generals and presidents will come to me.
Not the little peón boy who has dreams of a little rich girl,
But asking for me by the name that my fighters know.

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
Do you think he really means that about generals and presidents?

PALADIN
Who knows?
Now, don’t tell me you’re sorry I took you away from him?

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
I do not know.
Perhaps it is something that a man cannot understand.

PALADIN
Perhaps.
Doroteo says his fighters call him by another name. What name?

SOLEDAD ORTEGA
Pancho.
Pancho villa.