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El Cid (1961)

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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Princess Urraca (as Genevieve Page)
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Arias
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Fanez
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Al Kadir
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Don Diego
Andrew Cruickshank ...
Douglas Wilmer ...
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Priest
Ralph Truman ...
Christopher Rhodes ...
Don Martín
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Storyline

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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Lover, Leader, Living Legend! See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 December 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Sid  »

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Box Office

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sophia Loren was once late to filming because the elaborate costume given to her by the wardrobe department made a strange "clank" noise and had to be replaced. See more »

Goofs

When he is fighting another king's champion, the figure of Rodrigo, as he is being run into by his opponent's horse, is clearly a motionless stick-figured dummy with Rodrigo's armor on it. See more »

Quotes

Jimena: Why did you come?
El Cid: I tried not to come. I tried, I told my love it had no right to live. But my love won't die...
Jimena: Kill it.
El Cid: You kill it! Tell me you don't love me.
Jimena: [long pause] I cannot. Not yet. But I will make myself worthy of you Rodrigo, I will learn to hate you.
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Connections

Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Falcon and the Dove
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Performed by Chorus
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Indellible
17 February 2004 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

I watched this on the big screen when I was very very young, but this epic film left an indellible impression on me. I have to consider this to be one of the best films I ever watched.

Heston and Loren made a beautiful pair in this epic. The transformation of Loren's hatred to love for Heston was a highlight of the show.

A few scenes that stood out in my mind was: 1. The jousting scene 2. The scene where Heston catapulted buns into the besieged city and won the heart of the people. 3. The epic fighting scene at the beach where arrows rained upon the shielded soldiers ...and who can forget the famous riding scene at the very end with the already dead Rodrigo tied to the mount riding out of the city that one last time. Combined with the underlying score, that was one of the most moving scenes of all times. Years later, when I happened upon the show on TV again, I still could not help but felt a little misty in my eyes when I watched that last scene.


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