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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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Princess Urraca (as Genevieve Page)
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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 <>

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Plot Keywords:

spain | spanish | warrior | battle | epic | See All (29) »


Lover, Leader, Living Legend! See more »


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Release Date:

14 December 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Sid  »

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Box Office


$6,250,000 (estimated)


$26,620,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(some 35 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, Charlton Heston himself was not overly impressed by the finished film, suggesting in his 1995 autobiography "In the Arena" that the film might have been better if William Wyler had directed it instead of Anthony Mann. Conversely he speculates that "Ben-Hur" may have been more effective with Mann, not Wyler, helming it. See more »


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 »


El Cid: [looking at their Christian and Muslim troops camped together] How can anyone say this is wrong?
Moutamin: But they will. On both sides.
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Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Who played Lazarus

One of my favorite films. One of the great scenes is El Cid's meeting with a leper on the road to his banishment. 'Only one knight in Spain would humble his King and share his water with with a leper.' The player of Lazarus is totally uncredited - it sounds like Claud Rains? surely such a key contribution to the movie should not remain unacknowledeged forty years after its filming. Similarly the closing narration is uncredited as well. 'For Spain and God!'

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