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Roland Kibbee (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
25 December 1954 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Giants Battle In The Biggest Spectacle Of Them All!
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Forgotten Footnote to the American Civil War and Maximillian's Mexico See more (54 total) »

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Directed by
Robert Aldrich 
 
Writing credits
Roland Kibbee (screenplay) and
James R. Webb (screenplay)

Borden Chase (story)

Produced by
James Hill .... producer
Harold Hecht .... co-producer (uncredited)
Burt Lancaster .... co-producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Crosland Jr. (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Alfred Ybarra 
 
Costume Design by
Norma Koch (costumes designed by) (as Norma)
 
Makeup Department
Margaret Donovan .... hair styles
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (as Robert Schiffer)
 
Production Management
Nate H. Edwards .... production manager (as Nate Edwards)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack R. Berne .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Robert G. Carlisle .... effects editor (as Robert Carlisle)
Galdino R. Samperio .... sound recorded by (as Galdino Samperio)
Manuel Topete .... sound recorded by
 
Special Effects by
Russell Shearman .... special effects
 
Stunts
Charles Horvath .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Slim Talbot .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Alan Crosland Jr. .... editorial supervisor
 
Music Department
Robert G. Carlisle .... music editor (as Robert Carlisle)
Raúl Lavista .... conducting: as Raul Lavista
Raúl Lavista .... orchestrations: as Raul Lavista
 
Other crew
Harold Hecht .... presenter
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler: Mexico (uncredited)
Meta Rebner .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
94 min | Argentina:95 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video rating) (1998) (2001) (2013) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #16980) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Gary Cooper was 52 at the time of filming, although his character was only supposed to be a couple of years older than Burt Lancaster's character.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The French lancers are using what appear to be disguised Model 1904 U.S. Army MaClellan saddles.See more »
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[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 »
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Vera CruzSee more »

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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A Forgotten Footnote to the American Civil War and Maximillian's Mexico, 25 December 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

VERA CRUZ picks up on a bit of business from the American Civil War that is rarely discussed in our movies. Only a slight, similar comment is brought up in the film ANOTHER PART OF THE FORREST, where John Dahl plans to leave the south and fight in the Brazilian Army. It is 1870, and Dahl (an ex-Confederate officer) decides to fight for an army from the one large nation that still practices slavery. Many Confederates at the end of the Civil War sought employment outside the United States, where their military skills would be appreciated and they did not have to live under the U.S. Flag. George Pickett (of the famous charge at Gettysburg) was offered the job of Commander-in-Chief of the the army of the Khedive of Egypt (but he did not take the offer).

Many of the ex-Confederates decided to go to Mexico, because during the Civil War Maximillian was pro-Southern (as Juarez was pro-Northern), and the French who supported Maximillian were pro-Confederate (unofficially) as well. Napoleon III of France saw the Confederates as one of those "nationalities" he championed in the name of his uncle's so-called revolutionary principles. He also had a belief that the United States was growing too potentially powerful. Throughout the first two years of the war, while Lee and Jackson were doing so well in the East, Napoleon III did all he could to get the British and himself to coordinate mediating a peaceful (i.e. "pro-Confederate") solution to the war. But every time it looked like that would occur, there would be a Northern victory (Antietam Creek, Gettysburg) that upset the plan. Also the release of the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863 muddied the waters. It reminded the people of France and Britain that the South favored slavery.

Napoleon III was hoping a Southern victory would ensure his puppet Maximillian's Empire in Mexico would be secure. During the war he had conferences with a former Senator from California, Dr. William Gwin, who was pro-Confederate. Gwin wanted to have a portion of the Sonora state of Mexico set aside for Confederate emigrants to farm and mine.

All this collapsed on April 9, 1865 when Lee surrendered. VERA CRUZ follows the collapse of the Confederacy, and how Gary Cooper joins the exodus to link up with fellow former Rebels in Mexico, to support Maximillian. He also links up with Burt Lancaster, who leads a gang of gunslingers for hire, and the story turns on a huge gold shipment that is for Maximillain's forces. But in VERA CRUZ everyone sees this gold shipment as the key to a happy future for themselves or for their people. Cooper (the hero in the film) would like to use it for helping to rebuild the South. Lancaster and his gang (including Ernest Borgnine and Charles Bronson) see the riches for themselves. Maximillian (George Macready, in a very short scene - unfortunately - where he is not as sweet and well intentioned as Brian Ahearn had been in JUAREZ) - wants the money sent for future purposes. Cesar Romero and Henry Brandon are intending the money should go to France. Denise Darcel, a French aristocrat, wants the money sent to France to - for herself.

There are plenty of films about gold and how it brings greed out of everyone, and VERA CRUZ is one of the best. It is not settled until the end who will get the gold - and only after one last gunfight after the battle.

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