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Director:
Writers:
Ivan Moffat (screenplay) &
Robert Rossen (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
June 1959 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Slashing Story of a Desert Warrior Who Fought His Way From HELL TO GLORY !
Plot:
An army major, himself guilty of cowardice, is asked to recommended soldiers for the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Mexican Border Incursion of 1916. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
User Reviews:
Watchable adventure epic, not so arresting as was intended but quite professional... See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... Major Thomas Thorn

Rita Hayworth ... Adelaide Geary

Van Heflin ... Sgt. John Chawk

Tab Hunter ... Lt. William Fowler

Richard Conte ... Cpl. Milo Trubee

Michael Callan ... Pvt. Andrew Hetherington

Dick York ... Pvt. Renziehausen
Robert Keith ... Colonel Rogers
Carlos Romero ... Arreaga
Jim Bannon ... Capt. Paltz (as James Bannon)

Edward Platt ... Colonel DeRose
Maurice Jara ... Mexican Federale
Sam Buffington ... 1st Correspondent
Arthur Hanson ... 2nd Correspondent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clem Fuller ... (uncredited)
Wendell Hoyt ... Cavalry Trooper (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Rossen 
 
Writing credits
Ivan Moffat (screenplay) &
Robert Rossen (screenplay)

Glendon Swarthout (novel)

Produced by
William Goetz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Elie Siegmeister 
 
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon 
 
Production Design by
Cary Odell (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle  (as Frank A. Tuttle)
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Armiene .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Benny Lane .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director: second unit (as Carter DeHaven Jr.)
Milton Feldman .... assistant director
James Curtis Havens .... second unit director (as James Havens)
R. Robert Rosenbaum .... assistant director (uncredited)
David Salven .... assistant director (uncredited)
Roger Slager .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ray Bassell .... lead man (uncredited)
Irving Goldfarb .... props (uncredited)
Ed Goldstein .... props (uncredited)
Harry Hopkins .... props (uncredited)
David Horowitz .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
George Cooper .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Sol Jaffe .... mikeman (uncredited)
Harold Lee .... recordist (uncredited)
Ernest Reichert .... sound editor (uncredited)
George Ronconi .... cableman (uncredited)
 
Stunts
May Boss .... stunt double; Rita Hayworth (uncredited)
John L. Cason .... stunt double: Van Heflin (uncredited)
Jack Conner .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Clem Fuller .... stunts (uncredited)
Doug Gunther .... stunts (uncredited)
Walt La Rue .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Lerner .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Slim Talbot .... stunt double: Gary Cooper (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank G. Carson .... photographer: second unit
Morris Bauchman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Albert Bettcher .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Botthof .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Coburn .... still photographer (uncredited)
Willard Klug .... grip (uncredited)
Eugene Lenoir .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Andrew J. McIntyre .... camera operator (uncredited)
Walter Meins .... grip (uncredited)
Don Murphy .... grip (uncredited)
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Emil Oster .... camera operator (uncredited)
Clyde Prior .... grip (uncredited)
James Saper .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Charles Stapleton .... best boy (uncredited)
Homer Van Pelt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Seldon White .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Thomas S. Dawson .... costume supervisor: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Henri Jaffa .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Morris Stoloff .... conductor
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Paul R. Davison .... technical consultant (as Col. Paul Davison U.S.A.{Rtd.})
Ivan Connors .... ramrod (uncredited)
Doris Grau .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Rolly Harper .... caterer (uncredited)
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler (uncredited)
A.W. Kennard .... parrot trainer (uncredited)
Mary Lou Tobler .... stand-in: Rita Hayworth (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
123 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Spain:13 | UK:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #19173) | West Germany:16 (f)
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Trivia:
Besides looking far too old for his character, Gary Cooper was actually quite ill during shooting, and participated in this film against the advice of his doctors. Towards the end of the film he was dragged 100 yards along the ground by a railroad handcar, something film critic Stanley Kauffmann complained about in an issue in the magazine New Republic.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Major Thorn improperly salutes Colonel DeRose in the opening scene when he dismissed. He should have saluted and held his salute until it was acknowledged. Instead, he lowers his arm even before Colonel Rose acknowledges it.See more »
Quotes:
Col. DeRose:We're chasing one man, Pancho Villa, over some of the wildest country on earth. You can quote me as saying that the Punitive Expedition U.S. Army has him completely surrounded... on one side.See more »
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32 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Watchable adventure epic, not so arresting as was intended but quite professional..., 9 April 2000

Due to showing cowardice in battle, Major Thomas Thorn (Gary Cooper) has been assigned the degrading task of "Awards Officer" to the Mexican expedition of 1916 against Pancho Villa...

Thorn witnesses the U.S. Army attack on a ranch house which results in an American victory, and selects five men as candidates for the Congressional Medal of Honor...

Since Washington wants heroes in a hurry, for a World War I recruiting campaign, Thorn has to guide these men through the perilous border country to the 'out of danger' base at Cordura...

Since Villa's men were given shelter in the ranch house of the beautiful Adelaide Geary (Rita Hayworth), she is accused of treason and is forced to accompany the men on their difficult journey...

Before the seven get to the Texas border town, the five heroes are given ample time to show their true colors (cheats, thieves, rapists and murderers) and Cooper (always under great danger) discovers, far from crossfire, their true characters... Thorn also discovers that he has respect and affection for his prisoner...

Rita Hayworth seems, on screen, to be a woman who has seen too much, lived too hard… There are circles under her eyes now, and an indefinable sadness about her presence… But she remains more delicious than ever… She had been the greatest girl of them all, a living summary of all our sexy, dreamy ideals… Now she is a reminder, for an aging generation, of the generous visions of youth… In "They Came to Cordura," Rita gives the best performance of her career as the shady lady surrounded by six men, substituting acting for sex and glamor...

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