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Vera Cruz -- This brawling outdoor action epic stars Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster as two soldiers of fortune who escort gold from Mexico City to Vera Cruz through a barrage of bullets and double-crosses.

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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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User Reviews:
The first 20 minutes or so . . . See more (55 total) »

Cast

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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 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 .... 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:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.00 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | 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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Trivia:
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. Joe Erin was meant to be 40, Lancaster's actual age.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: The very first scene was clearly shot in the town of Tepoztlan (State of Morelos), as apparently was a significant portion of the movie. Why the group would then choose to go north through Teotihuacan (past the Pyramids) in order to reach Veracruz (which is located on the East Cost) is beyond me, as it wouldn't make any sense at all. That's the equivalent of going from Des Moines to Minneapolis in order to reach Chicago.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Benjamin Trane:Howdy. You an American?
Joe Erin:You interested in me or the horses?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tsukiyo no kasa (1955)See more »
Soundtrack:
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31 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
The first 20 minutes or so . . ., 7 February 2002
Author: rmahaney4 from isla de la muerte

The first 20 minutes of Vera Cruz are excellent, starting with the great score by Friedhofer and the meeting of Cooper's and Lancaster's characters. The most striking scene is in a plaza, with a great gunfight followed with the meetings with the main players in the plot including a couple of hundred revolutionaries and Cesar Romero, whose character serves the Emperor of Mexico, Maximillian. This initial sequence of scenes are very well done, have a tough and cynical feel about them, and seem a little ahead of their time. After this point the movie becomes a more typical 1950s big budget adventure film. It remains entertaining, but looses the sharpness that these first striking minutes had. Only at the very end of the film does it regain it's edge. It could have been an excellent film, but is still entertaining and well worth watching.

Cooper and Lancaster are good as always and their usual on-screen personas compliment each other well.

The Mexican locations were great.

This film was very influential on the Italian filmmakers that would go on to create the spaghetti western. Stylistically the influence can be scene most in plaza scene. The plot filled with multiple double crosses and betrayals will also seem familiar to fans of the eurowestern, as does the primary character motivation -- greed. Also, this film may explain the large number of SW that involve Maximillian, Jaurez, and soldiers of fortune manipulating them.

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