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The Brave Bulls (1951)

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Bullfighter Luis Bello (Mel Ferrer) is a star, but fear and doubt strike quickly after he is injured in the ring. Manager Raul Fuentes (Anthony Quinn) refuses to let him give up, though, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luis Bello
Miroslava ...
Linda de Calderon
Raul Fuentes
Eugene Iglesias ...
Pepe Bello
José Torvay ...
Eladio Gomez
Charlita ...
Jose Luis Vasquez ...
Yank Delgado
Alfonso Alvirez ...
Loco Ruiz
Alfredo Aguilar ...
Pancho Perez
Francisco Balderas ...
Monkey Garcia
Felipe Mota ...
Pepe López ...
Jose Meza ...
Little White
Vicente Cárdenas ...
Goyo Salinas
Manuel Orozco ...
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Bullfighter Luis Bello (Mel Ferrer) is a star, but fear and doubt strike quickly after he is injured in the ring. Manager Raul Fuentes (Anthony Quinn) refuses to let him give up, though, pushing Luis to overcome his doubt and remain a matador. Luis agrees, but complications ensue when he falls for Raul's girlfriend, Linda (Miroslava). Things get even worse after a tragic accident and a public embarrassment. Now, to salvage his dignity, Luis needs one last shot in the ring.

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Corrida de la peur  »

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1.37 : 1
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Filmed in the spring of 1950, but not released until the following year because producer-director Robert Rossen was under investigation by the House Un-American Activities Committee. See more »


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The Rise of Anthony Quinn
20 April 2015 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is a brilliant movie ruined by incredible miscasting. Mel Ferrer was a good actor with a great career and a marriage to Audrey Hepburn, but his casting as the central character in this movie is bizarre. Perhaps it was some sort of deal that Robert Rossen had to cut to get this movie made.

Everything else about this movie, from the script, to the great camera-work by Floyd Crosby and James Wong Howe is fine. It also has a great supporting performance by Anthony Quinn. It's Quinn's casual bravura that dominates this movie and sucks the energy from Ferrer whenever they are on the screen together.

The semi-documentary nature of this movie made Crosby the obvious choice to handle the camera. He had risen to prominence as a cameraman for Robert Flaherty. I am convinced that he shot the outside work and the sequences in the plaza del toro, while Howe's strong, classical lighting and group shots -- which he helped establish in the 1920s -- is used for the story segments.

THE BRAVE BULLS is another of a long series of movies held in high esteem in large part because it has been so hard to see. There are many estimable parts to it, but Ferrer stinks up the joint when compared to Quinn. I suspect that why Mr. Quinn had to go to Europe. Other actors were afraid to work with him.

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