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Vera Cruz (1954)

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During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of American adventurers are hired by the forces of Emporer Maximilian to escort a countess to Vera Cruz.

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Storyline

After the American Civil War, mercenaries travel to Mexico to fight in their revolution for money. The former soldier and gentleman Benjamin Trane meets the gunman and killer Joe Erin and his men, and together they are hired by the Emperor Maximillian and the Marquis Henri de Labordere to escort the Countess Marie Duvarre to the harbor of Vera Cruz. Ben and Erin find that the stagecoach is transporting US$ 3,000,000.00 in gold hidden below the seat and they scheme to steal it. Along their journey, betrayals and incidents happen changing their initial intentions. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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emperor | countess | gold | escort | mexico | See more »

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The Giants Battle In The Biggest Spectacle Of Them All!

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Adventure | Western

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Istiklal kahramanlari  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.00 : 1
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Trivia

For a film made in the mid 1950's, this film has quite fast cutting rate. In 90 minutes of action, the film contains about 1130 edits and other transitions. This equates to an average shot length of just under 5 seconds. See more »

Goofs

The French lancers are using what appear to be disguised Model 1904 U.S. Army MaClellan saddles. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Benjamin Trane: Howdy. You an American?
Joe Erin: You interested in me or the horses?
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Referenced in Cartouches gauloises (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Vera Cruz
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
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Great Movie
8 November 2004 | by (Sherman Oaks, CA) – See all my reviews

One of the most influential western of all time, Vera Cruz depicts a Mexico rarely seen on the screen. The exchange of harsh words and quips between the top billed stars, Gary Cooper & Burt Lancaster throughout the movie is excellent. Actors like Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine, Cesar Romero and Sara Montiel, at the beginning of their career was a solid support to the production. Excellent photography, taking in consideration the film is 50 years old. Excellent soundtrack, beautiful wardrobe and the hundreds of extras in a story that has all the ingredients to keep the vier' attention, make this movie one of the best crafted westerns.


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