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Director:
Writers:
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!
Plot:
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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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  (as Norma)
 
Makeup Department
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist
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 .... sound effects editor (as Robert Carlisle)
Galdino R. Samperio .... sound recordist (as Galdino Samperio)
Manuel Topete .... sound recordist
 
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 .... conductor (as Raul Lavista)
Raúl Lavista .... orchestrator (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:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #16980, Adult Audience) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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This film is sometimes called the "first spaghetti western," due to its reputed influence on the Italian directors such as Sergio Leone who popularized the genre.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Emperor Maximillian is checking out the Winchester, his chest sash has a large golden Mexican eagle which repeatedly disappears and reappears between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Benjamin Trane:Howdy. You an American?
Joe Erin:You interested in me or the horses?
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32 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Cooper and Lancaster sporting a disarming but treacherous grin throughout..., 14 July 1999

The middle fifties saw the production of an astonishing variety of Westerns of high quality... Robert Aldrich followed "Apache" in 1954 with a cheerful, action-packed adventure called "Vera Cruz," which starred Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster sporting a disarming but treacherous grin throughout... Its chief highlight is a display of sharp-shooting in which Cooper and Lancaster demonstrate the effectiveness of the rifles they are trying to sell to the Emperor Maximilian (George Macready) by snuffing out the torch flames ranged round the palace balustrade...

"Vera Cruz" opens during the Mexican revolution in 1866 where two American adventurers decide to join forces and fight for whichever side pay them the most... The saucy Sarita Montiel, who has fallen for Cooper, implores them to fight for the rebels, while Cesar Romero, an aid to the Emperor Maximilian, asks them to fight on his side...

At a ball in the sumptuous Chapultepec Palace, the pair meets the vivacious Denise Darcel who appears as a colorful but doublecrossing French Countess, and soon agrees to escort her on the hazardous journey to Vera Cruz... Later, she informs them that she is actually transporting a gold shipment to the Emperor's forces... Shortly after, she offers to steal the gold and split it with them...

In spite of the strong presence of Gary Cooper who lines up on the side of the Juaristas, Burt Lancaster steals the show as the smiling, black-dressed American adventurer, unable to forget Mexico's shining gold...

"Vera Cruz", with excellent supporting cast, is filmed on location in Mexico... Cooper and Lancaster well know that when one outdraws and shoots the other, one is the "quick" and the other, the "dead." Ernest Laszlo photography, in SuperScope and Technicolor, captures well the Mexican scenery with glorious shots of Mexico City's famous Chapultepec Castle, and the pyramids of Teotihuacan...

Sarita Montiel whose sensuality draws lustful aggression from Bronson's peripheral tough-guy, Pittsburgh, flourished more beauty to this exciting Western...

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