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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

El Sid  »

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$6,250,000 (estimated)

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$26,620,000 (USA)
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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

According to Charlton Heston, both in his memoir "In The Arena" and his journal "The Actor's Life", he was very dissatisfied with the fact that director Anthony Mann was insistent on shooting EL CID's battle scenes himself, instead of leaving it to the second unit under veteran stunt coordinator Yakima Canutt. It was a prime reason why he didn't think Mann was the right man to direct the film. See more »

Goofs

Alone and on horseback, Rodrigo confronts a group of mounted guards escorting the prince to a dungeon. In response to Rodrigo's demand for the release of the prisoner, the captain of the guard laughingly says, "There are thirteen of us, and you are alone!" In the ensuing fight, Rodrigo, with some help from the prince, un-horses sixteen guards, and two remaining mounted ones flee, for a total of eighteen. See more »

Quotes

Ben Yussuf: The Prophet has commanded us to rule the world. Where in all your land of Spain is the glory of Allah? When men speak of you they speak of poets, musicmakers, doctors, scientists. Where are your warriors? You dare to call youselves sons of the Prophet? You have become women! Burn your books! Make warriors of your poets! Let you doctors invent new poisons for our arrows. Let you scientists invent new war machines! And then, kill! Burn! Infidels live on your frontiers. Encourage them to kill each...
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Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Phir tere shehar mein
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Music by Miklós Rózsa
Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by James Saderes
Available by KOCH International 3-7340-2H1
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"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.


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