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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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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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Budget:

$6,250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,620,000
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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

After the death of El Cid, Babieca was never mounted again and died two years later at the incredible age of forty. His master had asked that his wife and famous steed be buried with him at the Monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña. But unfortunately their remains were removed after the Peninsular Wars and taken to the cathedral in Burgos where they were finally interred and where they currently rest today. See more »

Goofs

When El Cid and his army are charging down the beach at Valencia the tire tracks from the camera truck are briefly visible in the sand. See more »

Quotes

Prince Sancho: [after Count Ordóñez betrays Prince Sancho in and ambush to kill El Cid] Kill him!
El Cid: You will soon be a King, you must start to think like one, any man can kill, only a King can give life!
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Connections

Referenced in L.A. Law: El Sid (1986) 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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Totally Utterly Brilliant
30 March 2005 | by 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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