El Cid (1961)

Unrated  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Drama  |  14 December 1961 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Princess Urraca (as Genevieve Page)
John Fraser ...
Massimo Serato ...
Al Kadir
Don Diego
Andrew Cruickshank ...
Douglas Wilmer ...
Tullio Carminati ...
Ralph Truman ...
Christopher Rhodes ...
Don Martín


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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Release Date:

14 December 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Sid  »

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$6,250,000 (estimated)


$26,620,000 (USA)

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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It wasn't until viewing the finished film at the premiere that Dr. Miklós Rózsa discovered that roughly 20% of his score had been eliminated. He didn't do another score for producer Samuel Bronston. See more »


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 »


El Cid: Our dream was short.
Jimena: I know. There is no place hidden for a man like you. There must be thousands who would gladly part. Why you? Why me?
El Cid: Please, let me carry away an image of you smiling.
Jimena: It would be a lie. I will beseech God with my prayers. I will tell Him He must bring you back to me. I must tell God how much I need you.
El Cid: Then we *will* see each other again.
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Referenced in Batman: A Death Worse Than Fate (1966) See more »


The Falcon and the Dove
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Performed by Chorus
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Totally Utterly Brilliant
30 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having recently seen it for the umpteenth time (lost count) I can only say that Charlton Heston was the right choice, (Who else?) and Sophia Loren was totally beyond compare. So many of the "minor" characters were so good, Douglas Wilmer's Moutamin, brilliant and Genevieve Page, a wonderful Urraca, there was a subtle performance for you, just a trifle not quite appropriate, in her very obvious affection for the younger brother - a trifle suspicious, but she played it perfectly. Charlton Heston, obviously dominated the film, as was right. But, one question is left, who played Bavieca (The Horse Dear,) he lived about 2-1/2 years after the death of his beloved master and no one else could ride him, he is buried at Valencia, but where ?

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