MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 548 this week

El Cid (1961)

7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 8,612 users  
Reviews: 88 user | 34 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 15 Oct 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 28 Apr 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 26 Aug 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 12 Sep 2013
 
a list of 45 titles
created 25 Nov 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "El Cid" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: El Cid (1961)

El Cid (1961) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of El Cid.

User Polls

Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Action-packed look at the beginnings of the fall of the Roman Empire. Here is the glory, the greed and grandeur that was Rome. Here is the story of personal lust for power, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness
Two Women (1960)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Cesira and her 13-year-old daughter, Rosetta, flee from the allied bombs in Rome during the second world war. They travel to the village where Cesira was born. During their journey and in ... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Raf Vallone
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Sophia Loren plays a dual role, as both the sultry Queen of the Nile with a "man-a-night" appetite and a beautiful slave girl who takes her place and is wooed by a bodyguard who thinks she's the real monarch.

Director: Mario Mattoli
Stars: Sophia Loren, Alberto Sordi, Paul Muller
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion against foreigners in China U.S.Army Major Matt Lewis aided by British Consul Sir Arthur Robertson devises a strategy to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force arrives.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Guy Green
Stars: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven
A Special Day (1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two neighbors, a persecuted journalist and a resigned housewife, meet during Hitler's visit in Italy in 1938.

Director: Ettore Scola
Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon
Quo Vadis (1951)
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A fierce Roman general becomes infatuated with a beautiful Christian hostage and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emporer Nero.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann
Stars: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn
The War Lord (1965)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A knight in the service of a duke goes to a coastal villiage where an earlier attempt to build a defensive castle has failed. He begins to rebuild the duke's authority in the face of the ... See full summary »

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Stars: Charlton Heston, Richard Boone, Rosemary Forsyth
Madame (1961)
Drama | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Catherine, an out-spoken Parisian laundress follows Napoleon's army to the battlefront to be near her Sergeant Lefevre. The couple perform a deed of heroism which abets Napoleon's victory, ... See full summary »

Director: Christian-Jaque
Stars: Sophia Loren, Robert Hossein, Renaud Mary
Ben-Hur (1959)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter
Khartoum (1966)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After an Egyptian army, commanded by British officers, is destroyed in a battle in the Sudan in the 1880's, the British government is in a quandary. It does not want to commit a British ... See full summary »

Directors: Basil Dearden, Eliot Elisofon
Stars: Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Richard Johnson
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Domenico, a successfull businessman, with an eye for the girls, begins an affair with Filumena when she is 17 years old. She becomes a prostitute, but also becomes the mistress of Domenico.... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Aldo Puglisi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Princess Urraca (as Genevieve Page)
John Fraser ...
...
Hurd Hatfield ...
Arias
Massimo Serato ...
Fanez
...
Al Kadir
...
Don Diego
Andrew Cruickshank ...
Douglas Wilmer ...
Tullio Carminati ...
Priest
Ralph Truman ...
Christopher Rhodes ...
Don Martín
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

spain | moor | spanish | warrior | battle | See All (28) »

Taglines:

Lover, Leader, Living Legend! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

14 December 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Sid  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,250,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$26,620,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

More than $40,000 was budgeted for jeweled crowns, rings, and scepters from Italy and Spain and $150,000 was spent on reproductions of candelabras, tapestries, and art of the Medieval Era. See more »

Goofs

After talking with Rodrigo on their wedding night, Jimena has a stern look on her face. With the next cut, slightly closer, she is visibly upset with tears already streaming down her face. See more »

Quotes

Moutamin: In my country, we have a name for a warrior with the vision to be just and the courage to show mercy. We call him... the cid!
See more »

Connections

Featured in Timeshift: Epic: A Cast of Thousands! (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Phir tere shehar mein
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by James Saderes
Available by KOCH International 3-7340-2H1
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
"The Greatest Film Ever Made"
9 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

Although generally regarded as "good but not great", I consider "El Cid" to be the best film ever made.

The film always flies past for me, no matter how many times I've seen it and is virtually perfect. Each character is memorable and well-acted (with the possible exception of Sophia Loren's Chimene) - stand outs are Heston, Genevieve Page as Uraca, John Fraser as Alphonso, Gary Raymond as Sancho and Raf Vallone as Ordonez, but the all the supporting roles are performed with conviction.

Amongst the many other plus points are the exciting action scenes, in particular the combat for Caloharra, which, although the viewer is never in any doubt that Rodrigo will be victorious, is superbly performed and totally convincing. Also, Miklos Rosza's impressive score ranks amongst his very best.

"El Cid" has never been given the praise it deserves, often being over-shadowed by (the admittedly excellent) "Ben Hur". Perhaps this is down to personal taste as most critics and viewers would disagree, but I think "El Cid" is just marginally superior.


61 of 99 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
remake? mrharper77
One of the best epics ever made........ ccmiller1492
Oh, Please!!! gemichus
Vote for release of this title on DVD at TCM VernonDozier
DVD running lengths diff queendarkjewel
Available DVDs... carcosa2004
Discuss El Cid (1961) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?