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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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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  (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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First film released in the "Superscope" wide screen process. Shot at a conventional 1.37:1 aspect ratio, the film was cropped to 2:1 in post production and then given a Cinemascope compatible (2x) squeeze and blown up to normal frame height. Superscope was designed to acheive anamorphic prints from standard flat 35mm negatives. The MGM dvd approximates the 2:1 release print aspect ratio. Superscope was the fore-runner to "Super 35".See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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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18 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
"Now we both got girls.", 22 December 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Vera Cruz is an old fashioned buddy western with two dissimilar buddies with 180 degree contrasting acting styles.

Since one of the co-stars was the producer of this, he got the showier part. But in truth I certainly couldn't see casting either one in the other's part.

Burt Lancaster was the producer and star and he got the scenery chewing role of Joe Erin, disarmingly charming and ruthlessly amoral gunfighter down in Mexico working for Emperor Maximilian for a price. He's leading a mini army himself of gunfighters that include among other, Ernest Borgnine and Charles Bronson.

Along the way Lancaster hooks up with Gary Cooper, former Southern Colonel Ben Trane, who's also looking to restart his life by making some money in Mexico so he can rebuild his plantation in Reconstruction Louisiana.

Basically these two play themselves or at least stay true to the image that we have of both Cooper and Lancaster.

The prize her is a big gold shipment that Maximilian is sending out of Mexico to pay for more troops from Napoleon III. The gunfighters are escorting it, but they don't know it. They think the job is to escort a squeeze of Maximilian's, nicely packaged in the shape of Denise Darcel.

Just about everyone in the film from George Macready playing Maximilian to Cesar Romero playing a French marquis down to Lancaster, Cooper, Darcel, and the rest of the gunfighters all have their own plans for the three million in gold they're carrying. Let's just say that it's no surprise where it winds up.

Morris Ankrum plays a solid version of a Juarista general and Mexican film star, Sarita Montiel, does one of two American films, the other being Serenade with Mario Lanza. She was and is a big name in the Mexican and Spanish cinema and no doubt her presence sold a few tickets south of the Rio Grande. She's an extraordinarily beautiful woman and she pairs with Cooper as Darcel pairs with Lancaster.

Some of the dialog is a bit hokey. I always laugh whenever I hear Darcel tell Lancaster "at heart you are French." But the action moves right along under Director Robert Aldrich and the climatic battle between the French and the Juaristas is well staged.

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