The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez


A stolen horse and a case of mistaken identity leads to trouble for a man and his family in Gonzales, Texas, in 1901.

EJO's Role

Edward James Olmos in The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez

Edward James Olmos plays the title role of Gregorio Cortez.

The Numbers

"The Battle of Gregorio Cortez" originally aired on TV in 1982. It was released the following year in theaters.

  • Edward James Olmos scored part of the original music for "The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez".
  • "The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez" marks Edward James Olmos' first venture into the role of producer.
  • Brion James, who plays Captain Rogers, went on to appear in Blade Runner with Edward James Olmos.
  • "The Battle of Gregorio Cortez" marks the second time Edward James Olmos worked with director Robert M. Young.
  • Edward James Olmos made "The Battle of Gregorio Cortez" the same year as Blade Runner, and it was his first lead role after Zoot Suit.


Edward James Olmos in The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez

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