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El Cid (1961)

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The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz (a.k.a. El Cid) overcomes a family vendetta and court intrigue to defend Christian Spain against the Moors.

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Epic film of the legendary Spanish hero, Rodrigo Diaz ("El Cid" to his followers), who, without compromising his strict sense of honour, still succeeds in taking the initiative and driving the Moors from Spain. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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spain | moor | spanish | epic | siege | See more »

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Release Date:

14 December 1961 (USA)  »

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El Cid  »

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Budget:

$6,250,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$26,620,000 (USA)
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(some 35 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

After the death of El Cid, Babieca was never mounted again and died two years later at the incredible age of forty. His master had asked that his wife and famous steed be buried with him at the Monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña. But unfortunately their remains were removed after the Peninsular Wars and taken to the cathedral in Burgos where they were finally interred and where they currently rest today. See more »

Goofs

When Douglas Wilmar's character is released by el CID at the beginning of the film Charlton cuts him free. Douglas then holds his hands up in thanks. Next scene he is being cut free again. See more »

Quotes

Prince Sancho: [after Count Ordóñez betrays Prince Sancho in and ambush to kill El Cid] Kill him!
El Cid: You will soon be a King, you must start to think like one, any man can kill, only a King can give life!
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Referenced in Recess: School's Out (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

The Falcon and the Dove
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Performed by Chorus
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El Cid, Spanish Champion & Hero
27 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was only 17, and it was an inspiration to me. It made me love Spain, its people and its history, and learn Spanish. I wasn't so much into Charlton Heston as I was into any movies that had Yul Brynner in them, but I thought the portrayal of Don Rodrigo de Bevar was done well by Heston, and I adored Sophia Loren. The story of El Cid's battles against the scimitar-brandishing Moorish Lord, which for some reason I was under the impression Herbert Lom had played, was quite well done--but what did I know? I was only 17. What I also had no clue about was that within my own lifetime, my country, and indeed the world, would be fighting radical Islam which Spain had been conquered by and subjected to for 400 years! Who do you think "the black-turbaned Moorish" were? We need to revive that classic and watch it through 2006 eyes. There's a lesson in there. Who will be America's Cid?

I have not been able to find this movie on DVD, but will read other comments here and see if I can come up with a place to purchase a good one. It's a classic. The scenery is lovely (although it was probably filmed on backlots and in Italy!) the music is beautiful, costuming was very well done, and the movie was just enrapturing. My favorite line is still a battle cry today among the Spanish: "For God, for Country, and for the King!" Por Dios, por la patria, y el Rey!


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