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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Arias
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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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The GREATEST ROMANCE and ADVENTURE in a THOUSAND YEARS! See more »


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14 December 1961 (USA)  »

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$6,250,000 (estimated)

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$26,620,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Michael Hordern also re voiced the role of the Old Priest who appears in the first few scenes with Charlton Heston. See more »

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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

Jimena: Can you forgive me, Rodrigo?
El Cid: Jimena.
Jimena: Would you take me with you?
El Cid: But... now I... have nowhere to take you.
Jimena: As long as we are together it will not be nowhere. I love you Rodrigo. I love you.
[They kiss]
El Cid: You know what you risk if you come with me, my love?
Jimena: Since my love is not a man like other men my life with not be like other lives.
El Cid: It's only now, only know that I know... how hard the road would have been without you.
[They kiss again]
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Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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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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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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