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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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Count Ordóñez
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Princess Urraca (as Genevieve Page)
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Prince Alfonso
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Fanez
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Al Kadir
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Count Gormaz
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King Ferdinand
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Don Martín
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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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14 December 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Sid  »

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Budget:

$6,250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,620,000
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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

This was Charlton Heston's first starring role after winning the Oscar for Ben-Hur (1959). He accepted the part after turning down From the Terrace (1960), By Love Possessed (1961), and The Assassination of Trotsky (1972), which would take another ten years before it began filming. See more »

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The interiors are far too bright for medieval castles. See more »

Quotes

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

Soundtracks

The Falcon and the Dove
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Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Performed by Chorus
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Indellible
17 February 2004 | by 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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