1968: Welch gets cozy with co-star

Actress reflects on making of '100 Rifles'

Oct. 8, 1968
GOOD MORNING: The romantix between Raquel Welch and Jim Brown in “100 Rifles” “worked out very well ,” the actress wants all to know on her return from the Spain lensing. “In the original script,” she reminds , “the role was not that of a Negro.” And if you want to know how the romance is resolved in the pic, she laughingly suggests you see the the film, which Miss W. says was the most difficult she’s ever made — and most physical. But she’s more enthusiastic about it than any other…. 2008 Update: Raquel, recalling the very physical “100 Rifles,” co-starring her with Jim Brown and Burt Reynolds, now laughingly says, “I was the baloney in a cheesecake factory” She admis, “I wanted to keep up with all the action with the boys.” While, she speaks warmly about (late) director Tommy Gries, she says she was sorry that he “wanted to get all the sex scenes (with Jim Brown) in the can in the first day. There was no time for icing — and it made it difficult for me.” She says Brown “was very forceful and I am feisty. I was a little uncomfortable with too much male aggression. But — it turned out to be great exploitation for the film, now as you look back. It broke new ground” She says Burt Reynolds still remains “one of my favorites. Nobody did — or does — quite what Burt does. And he has a darker edge, which made the scenes sexy.” Welch has followed her long line of theatrical and TV films with last season’s “The Captain” series and she’s awaiting a go-ahead on another series. She is also writing a book for Weinstein Publishing. No, it’s not an autobiography, she insists. “But rather about the stages in a woman’s life — it’s about the art of being a woman at any age — yes, including ‘after 40’,” — and four marriages. “And,” she warmly assured me, “I love my life.”

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  1. SAL COATES says:

    Raquel Welch definitely was the star of the movie “100 Rifles!” She showed great leadership & determination in her role as Sarita, the fiery Mexican revolutionary. The movie’s production team made a poor choice in Jim Brown, as Sarita’s romantic partner. Robert Wagner would have been much better in the role of the man who romanced Sarita. Wagner was busy as the star of TV’s “It Takes a Thief,” at that time, but he might have found sufficient time to star opposite Raquel Welch in “100 Rifles!” If Wagner had been cast in the role that went to Brown, I’d have given the movie an A- grade, but with Brown in the movie’s role that he ended up with, I can only give the movie a C+. This, despite the outstanding performance of Raquel Welch and a very believable supporting role by Fernando Lamas, who portrayed the cruel & authoritative general. Burt Reynolds was quite a bit above average, but Hans Gudegast & Dan O’Herlihy were only average. Jim Brown gave a strong effort, but he just was not believable in his role. A final word: “100 Rifles,” despite a C+ grade from me, because Jim Brown was cast in the role that Robert Wagner should have had, still is better than 75% of all the movies that have ever been made.

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