Treasure of Tayopa (1974) - full transcript

Modern day western about an expedition led by Winters to find a lost treasure in the Mexican badlands. Psycho Trapani turns the search into a bloodbath.



-Sally, come along.

the 17th century,

a legend, part
fact, part fiction,

has become shrouded
in the mists of time.

And although Tayopa
is of the past,

it is the dream of men
and women searching today

and making plans
to search tomorrow.


-Three days by truck,
then we pick up these nags

and we poke across the desert.

I'm hot, I'm cold.

I'm cold and I'm hot and
the bus drives in by plane.

-That's right
Sally, that's right.

Delgadillo comes in by plane
because Delgadillo's the boss.

And that's the way
the boss wants it

and that's all you have to know.


There it comes now.

-I'm Delgadillo.

Let's ride.


-The year's come and go.

And through endless
seasons the winds

whisper down the slopes
of the mountains,

across the plateaus
and the high desert.

And as they pray to the
mesquite and chaparral,

they seem to call,
come, come to Tayopa.

NARRATOR: In the later
part of the 16th century,

the Jesuit padres came to the
province of [INAUDIBLE] Spain.

This province encompassed most
of the northern west of Mexico,

in what is now Arizona.

Here the padres founded
a chain of missions.

Tayopa was a church
center and a [INAUDIBLE],

or the gathering point for
outlying missions and mines.

The padres worked the
mines for over 60 years,

accumulating a fortune.


An Indian revolt
swept Mexico in 1646.

And the inhabitants of
Tayopa were massacred.

-Many attempts were
made to find Tayopa.

It failed.

Including expectations
in the 1970s.


(VOICEOVER): Father is dead

and I'm the last of
the Delgadillos, owner

of the silver snake hammered
from the treasure of Tayopa.

And bearer of the curse the
Indians placed on the treasure.

The curse of the snake.

The records of the church-- Tom
and I had agreed that it was

best for the men
not to know a woman

was leading the expedition.

I don't like the
men Tom had hired.

-Well, well, well,
Kathryn, quite a woman to

to be caught alone in
the wilderness with.

-Ms. Kathryn to you.


Excuse me.

I'm very sorry.

-You might learn a
few manners from Tom.

-Well you can tell
Mr. Manners that it's

time for me to
get my protection.

-Go away from me!

What protection?

What are you talking about?

-My protection.


What's he talking about?


What does he mean?

-What do you got there, Sally?


-A crossbow?

What are you going
to do with that?

-Well, it's silent, it's
accurate, it's deadly,

and it's my friend.

-Put that thing away,
before someone gets hurt.

-Don't you worry,
Ms. Kathryn, I won't

use it unless we're threatened.

-Kathryn, I brought
some guns along.


Now you know, you
and I discussed guns.

Back at the hacienda, we're not
allowed to have guns in Mexico

without a permit.

If we are caught with
guns the federales

would lock us up forever.

-Look, Kathryn, you hired me
to bring this expedition down

to Mexico and get us out safely.

And in my opinion, we
need some protection.

We need guns.

-Protection from what?


-When I was in the
cantina in Nogales,

I heard a story
about a snake that's

big enough to swallow a goat.

-Well, it-- what
he's saying is true.

Those snakes aren't around
in this part of the country.

They're down further
south in Guatemala.

I think he's probably
talking about a snake

that they call the barba maria.

And it does swallow goats.

But, you know, we don't have
those kind of snakes down here.

We have rattlesnakes and
we have mountain lions

and we have
javelinas, and I felt

that we should have
some guns here, Kathryn.

-Bang, bang, bang, bang.

-Look, now you've put a
gun in the hand of a fool.

-Bang, bang, bang, bang.

-Hey, here comes a rider.

-Wonder what he wants.



-Buenos tardes.


-Who is this guy, Felipe?

What does he want?

-Oh, he's not a cooker,
he wants some soup.

-Well uh, ask him
some questions.

See what he knows about
this part of the country.


-He lives right on this area.


He's just passing through.

-Ask if there's any
people or villages

on the way to the mountains.


-I wonder if he knows
anything about the Tayopa?


We only discuss that
among ourselves.

-The federales then.

-All right, ask him, if he
knows about the federales.


-Not even the federales
go to the mountains.


-Tell him we do have
guns and ammunition.

The senorita likes to hunt.


-Tell him, in my
country it's all

right for a woman, la
heffa, to be a leader.


-He said not to go into the
mountains but it's sure death,

but I'm gonna tell
him we're going south.


-Watch the lock, hombre.


-Lots of luck to
you too, senors.

The going is often slow.

My father's ledger comes alive
as the landmarks and reference

points he so carefully
detailed come and go.

As we go deeper into
Mexico, I can understand

why my father loved
this part of the world.

Here, where the clocks of time
have stopped centuries ago,

you can almost forget the
dangers that surround you.

This is bandido country.

And now that the guns have
come out into the open,

there's a fear of being
intercepted by the federales,

as well as the Mexican
who rode into our camp.

Who is he?

Is he really what
he seems to be?

I wonder.

I have memorized my
father's map and notes,

telling them only what
they need to know.

We are a group, yet
we are strangers,

bound only by the
lust for treasure.

When darkness
comes, Felipe makes

a simple meal and
conversation is at a minimum.

Sleep is often trouble, each
of us dreaming of the destiny

tomorrow may bring.



-What do they want?

-They're blocking us, they
don't want to let us through.

-Tell them to let us pass.


-Felipe, what do they want?

Tell them to let us pass.



Let's stop for a
rest for a minute.



-Well, Ms. Kathryn, what do
think about our protection now?

-Tom, maybe you were
right about the guns.


Stoddard I've been thinking
about what happened on the road

back there with those
Mexicans and it's

really beginning to bother me.

-What do mean what happened?

They were just teasing
around, having so fun.

What's the matter?

-Well, I want to go
back and check them out.

How do you know
they're not bandidos.

-Sally, they're not bandidos,
they didn't even have any guns.

Now look, leave the
Mexicans alone, OK?

We've got a lot of work to do.

We've got a long way to go.

-Well, do you see what
they did to Ms. Kathryn.

-Sally, they're
just teasing around.

They're just having some fun.

Take it easy.

Don't worry about 'em.

-Look, the pulled my hair
and they pushed my horse.

Nobody does that Stoddard.

-Sally, look, forget
the Mexicans, all right?

We've got a long way to go
and a lot of work to do.

Forget about it, huh?

-Look, Stoddard,
I don't want to be

caught dead in my sleeping bag.

-Take it easy,
Sally, take it easy.

Now listen to me.

If it means that much
to you, you can go back.

But I'll tell you what, no
trouble, you understand?

Take Felipe with you, go back
and just see where they are.

Don't talk to 'em,
don't bother 'em.

And no trouble.

-I'm going back.

There won't no
trouble, all right?

-No trouble, Sally.

-No trouble.

Come on Felipe, baby, come on.

No trouble.

You hear that, Felipe, baby?

No trouble.

We'll be back into camp
by sundown, Stoddard.

Let's go.

-Well I don't like
it but, in this case

there wasn't much I could do.

-Tom, I've been meaning
to talk with you.

I'm not very happy
with the men you hired.

I feel that they're trouble.

They're just bad
news and there's

going to be tragedy in
this group before long.

-Well Kathryn I understand what
you mean, and I agree with you.

But, you know when you hired
me to lead this expedition,

and to hire these other men,
I got the men I could find.

You know you don't men that
will do this kind of work

around the ivy covered
universities back east.

You find 'em in the border towns
and in the backwash of life.

I didn't have a
lot of time to look

at these were the
best I could find.

Now, Sally, Sally's
got problems.

-I think Sally's sick.

-Well I do too.

I'll be frank with ya,
he's got more problems,

I believe then I realized
when I hired him.

But he's a good metal
detector, ma'am.

It there's anything
out there that

can found with a metal
detector, Sally will find it.

And, as far as
Felipe is concerned,

Felipe is a good interpreter,
he's in the metal man,

a good metal assayer himself.

He's a good solid,
stable worker.

Listen, Kathryn, this
will work out, you'll see.

It'll all work out.

-It's the feeling
I have in my heart.

I feel that the seed of tragedy
are sown among this group.

That in time it'll
touch us all, even you.


-The gringos we saw
on the road yesterday,

they told me they were
going to the desert to hunt

and they go to the mountains.

They lie, I think
I go check them.

-I think we ought to kill them.

-Ah, no senor.

We kill them tonight
and take the horses

and the senorita, huh?

-I think we should kill 'em now.

-We kill nobody.

We just take the senorita.

-No, we don't kill nobody.

The crazy gringos they
kill themselves or the land

kill them.

And we have the
senorita anyway, she's

the only thing worth having.

-I still think we
should kill them now.


We kill them tonight!

Take the senorita while
they sleep and the horses!

-Ah, muchachos.

-Muy bien.

Ay caramba .

-Hey, muchachos , I will
be back in time tonight,

we talk about it,
make the decision.

-Hasta luego.

That amigo give me tequila.


-Did you see 'em?

-Yeah, just drinking their
tequila like I told you.

-Did you see what they
did to Ms. Kathryn?

-They were just
playing with here.

-They pushed my horse.

-They didn't mean
nothing by that.

-Nobody pushes my horse.

-Come on, let's go.

We told Stoddard
we'd be right back.

-We ain't going back.

We're gonna kill 'em.

-Kill 'em?

I've never killed anybody
before in my life.

-Listen, you go around that way.

I'll stay here.

We'll crossfire, OK?

-No, I won't do it.

-You got a little
choice, here, Felipe.

Either you kill
them or I kill you.




-Push my horse?

Pull my hair?

Pull my hair!

Push my horse?


Here they come.

-Hey, hi Tom.

-Hey, Sally, what
took you so long?

-Why, not a thing.

-Any trouble?

-Why no.

We rode up one side of
the canyon and looked down

and they were at the other.

And we didn't even get a
chance to talk to 'em, Tom.

-No trouble?

-No trouble, just
like you said, Tom.

-Felipe, what about
what Sally said?

-Well, uh--

-That's right, ain't it, Felipe?

-Yeah, Tom, just
like Sally says.

-That's right, just
like I said, right?

-Say Sally, where's your hat?

-Gringo bastardo!


Our horses are gone!

Get up!

Get up!

-Look around, they
have to be close.

-Where are they.

-Stoddard, there's no
sign of them anywhere.


Now where are those nags.

-These lines have been cut.

-Who would take our horses?

-I don't know Kathryn,
but this does it.

We've got to go back.

-No, I'm not going back.

I'm going on to the river.

Three days from here there's
a river and just beyond that's

an old corral where a Mexican
used to sell my dad horses.

We can make it, I know.

-Look, what we've got to
do is go back to the stream

where we camped yesterday.

Now, we can work our
way down that stream,

I don't know how far it is,
but we'll come to a railroad


I'm sure we can make it.

And from there we can
get back to the border.

Now look, we can re-equip
in a couple of months

and come back if you want to.

But for right now,
we've got to go back.

-No, I'm not going back.

I'm walking on.


Catherine you want to go on.

I say we should go back.

Sally, what do you say?

-You promised me gold
and silver, the Tayopa.

Are you sure about the horses?

-I'm sure.

There's no doubt in my mind.

-Then I say let's walk.


-Well, Tom, you're
probably right.

But I have to go
with the senorita.


It's a bad decision,
it's a mistake,

but let's gather up what we got
left and head for the river.

Sally's crazy.

I should have told Ms. Kathryn
and Tom about the killings.

Since then everything
has gone bad.

It's as if we were cursed.

(VOICEOVER): The sun

burns into our very being.

But I know we must go on.

I was so sure my father's
map showed the river closer.

We have to go on.

We have to make it.

boots are killing me.

I wanted to side
with the senorita

and I want the gold and silver,
but I don't want to die here.

And Tom says things are bad.

If we don't hit the
river, we will die.

(VOICEOVER): It's strange

what your mind does
at times like this.

I keep feeling as if
someone is watching.

Watching all the time.


What's that I hear?

-Come on!



We made it.

We found the river.

-Oh, water.

The river.

The maps are right.

-The river!

There it is!


Water, yay, we finally
made the river!


-Come on Felipe.

-OK, I'm coming.



-I bet Ms. Kathryn's
enjoying a swim.

-What are you doing here?

Why aren't you
swimming with the men?

-We're along.

We can be together.



You fool!

Let me get my clothes.


Now listen.

Look, I want to talk to you OK?

-Talk quickly.

-Look, Stoddard
will never make it.

He's an old man.

He'll never make it
across those mountains.

Felipe, he's a fool.

But you and I, we're a team.

You're strong, Kathryn.

Strong like the gold
and silver of Tayopa.

-You're crazy, Sally.

You're crazy.

-I want you.

Don't you understand?

I've always wanted you.

I want you now.




-Stoddard, I'll
kill you for this.

-Get out of there!

If I ever catch you doing
anything like that again,

I'm gonna shoot ya
right between the eyes.

(VOICEOVER): The trouble

at the river was frightening.

And everything seems
to have gone wrong

since our horses
disappeared so mysteriously.

I can't help but
think of the curse.

I know it's silly, but I feel
as though something or someone

is close by,
watching and waiting.

But for what?


-He has horses and he
has saddles for sale.

-Oh, good.


-This man remembers
my father well.




-What's he saying?

-They say that we've
had a long journey.

But I'll tell him our journey
is just about to begin.


-Tom, Felipe, mount up.

Across that mountain
lies Tayopa.

Let's ride.



-Senor, my horse is lame.

I need another one.


(VOICEOVER): Gold fever

has taken over from the
aching bone and muscle.

And the decision is made
to ride hard for Tayopa.

To try to reach
camp by nightfall.


As the light of day

flickered from the sky, we
found the old line cabin,

just as my father had left it.

-Oh, good morning,
Kathryn, how do you feel?

-Oh, I feel great.

You know this is the spot
my dad told me about.

That's the house he built and
crossed over on that mesa is

the outline of the
old Tayopa church.

Up and down, you can see
all of the mines shafts.

Down the river there's the
old Indian burial ground.

-This is really
something, isn't it?

-This is quite an area.


Now, the old church is supposed
to be on top of that mesa,


-That's right.


-One of those mine
shafts underneath leads

to where the treasure is.


Just think, 17 tons of
gold and silver and jewels

someplace over here.

-I know.

But we've go to find it
quick before the river rises.

We're coming into
the rainy season now

and those shafts
will be flooded soon.


We might as well get started.

Sally, you and I will
take the metal detector

and we'll work inch
by inch, the whole top

of that plateau over there.


We're going to work our way
this way, down the Mesa.

If I see anything
worthwhile, I'll fire my gun.



-Oh, come on.

Just work the metal detector.

-We'll check this side of the
river for the mine shafts.

-Senorita, what is this?

-This Is part of the old
Indian burial ground.

The Indians believe when their
warriors die that if they

wrap them in blankets,
and with their headdress

and their weapons and
place them face up,

that their spirit would rise
to the holy spirits in the sky.

-This is just like
going back in time.

This must be hundreds
of years old.

-Ah, it's very old.

But we're here for treasure.

Which mine shaft are you
going to start with, Felipe?

-Well, why don't you
take the lower one,

and I'll take the
one on the cliff.

You know, it just
might be the lucky one.


Working alone, or in pairs,

we have followed
the directions set

forth in my father's journal.

But the rain and snow
of several winters

have destroyed key landmarks.

It's very close.

We must have walked over
it, or by it, or around it.

But somewhere within reach,
is 17 tons of treasure.

We've climbed up and
down, used picks,

ropes, shovel, a metal detector.

Everything, and still
not one ounce of gold.

Soon we'll have to leave Tayopa.

Supplies are almost gone and
the tension is unbearable.

Everyone is exhausted
and the thoughts

of making the long trip
to the border empty handed

only adds to our discouragement.


When I was a little girl

my father used to say, "the
winds that blew from Mexico

were calling, 'come back to
Tayopa.'" Now I wonder if those

same winds are
telling me to leave.



Indians buried a Jesuit
in the mind shaft

that leads down to
the church of Tayopa.

Ah, curse.






Kathryn will know.





Kathryn, Kathryn, Kathryn.

Listen, isn't it true that in
the legend, the mine shaft that

led down under the
church of Tayopa,

the Indians sealed
off a Jesuit priest?

-That's true, Sally,
why do you want to know?



-Where did you find it?

Where did you find it?

-Is that it?

Is that it?

-You found the treasure.

Those were the coins
that were minted

by the padres of Tayopa, Sally.

-I found Tayopa.

What's that.



-Oh that's just Tom's shirt.

I was washing it for him.


Tom this, Tom that.

Tom, tell me to go
to the top of hill.

Tom, Tom threatened my life.

-Stop it.

Stop it.

I'm the leader of
this expedition.


No, you're no leader.

You're a woman.

A woman that needs to be tamed.

After I tame you, after I
tame you, I'm gonna take you,

and then, and then we're
going to share Tayopa.

-Stop it!

I'll tell Tom and this
time he will kill you.

-I'm going to take you
and then we're going--

Come on, Ms. Delgadillo.

Come on, Ms. Delgadillo.

Little more, Ms. Delgadillo.

Come on, Ms. Delgadillo.

Whoa, Ms. Delgadillo!



Ms. Delgadillo.

Ms. Delgadillo.

Now I won't be cursed,
Ms. Delgadillo,

'cause I have the bracelet.

The bracelet of
Tayopa, Ms. Delgadillo.


Anybody in camp?

-Yeah, she's in camp.

But not for you, Stoddard.


Where is everybody?



-What's wrong?

-I thought I heard
Kathryn calling.

-Where is she?

-I don't know.

I'm gonna look down river.

You stay here and wait.


-Here's to ya, Stoddard.

Uh uh.

Uh uh, little boy.

Drop it.

We got to drop that knife,
that big ugly knife.

Little boy, we got
some work to do.

You're going to go get my shirt.

-Hold it.

-You're going to go
pack the bedroll,

then you're gonna
bag the horses,

and we're gonna
ride for treasure.

Felipe, Kathryn is dead.

And old Tom, he's dead too.

But I like you, Felipe.

I'm gonna let you go.

I'm gonna let you go free.

Go on.


Go to hell.


Now they're all gone.

I'm the richest man
in all the world.


Not even God can take Tayopa.


-Hey gringo.

Gringo get up.

Hey, what happened here?


-Please, help me.

Please, help me.

A well.

A well.



It's dry.


-It's dry.

Somebody, please,
please, somebody.

It's empty.

It's empty.

No, Sally.

No, don't thank me anymore.

-My child.


Help me.


Since the 17th century, the
legend, the fact, part fiction,

has become shrouded
in the mists of time.

And although Tayopa
is of the past,

it is the dream of men
and women searching today,

and making plans
to search tomorrow.

Somewhere in old Mexico, high
in the trackless Sierra Madres,

the greatest treasure
of all awaits discovery.

Who knows senor, maybe, maybe
you will find the Tayopa.

Or, uh, maybe it will be me.

Who knows.