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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Princess Urraca (as Genevieve Page)
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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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14 December 1961 (USA)  »

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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

The part of Ben Yussuf was originally offered to Orson Welles. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, when El Cid rides out the castle gates, you can see the cheese cutter hat of one of the crew members. See more »

Quotes

Moutamin: [after El Cid claims Valencia for the King] What a noble subject, if only he had a noble King.
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Referenced in 800 Bullets (2002) See more »

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