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Alvarez Kelly (1966)

Approved | | Western | October 1966 (USA)
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During the Civil War, Mexican cattleman Alvarez Kelly supplies the Union with cattle until Confederate Colonel Tom Rossiter's hungry men force Kelly to change his customers.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Alvarez Kelly
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Col. Tom Rossiter
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Liz Pickering
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Major Albert Stedman
Victoria Shaw ...
Charity Warwick
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Capt. Angus Ferguson
Richard Rust ...
Sergeant Hatcher
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Capt. Towers
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Lt. Farrow (as Donald Barry)
Duke Hobbie ...
John Beaurider
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Cpl. Peterson
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McIntyre
Mauritz Hugo ...
Ely Harrison
Barry Atwater ...
General Kautz (as G. B. Atwater)
Robert Morgan ...
Capt. Williams
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Suave Mexican cattleman Alvarez Kelly has little interest in the Civil War except to make some money. But after a long drive to deliver cattle to the Unionists he finds himself kidnapped by Confederate Colonel Tom Rossiter. With his hungry troops surrounded in Richmond the Colonel intends, one way or the other, to persuade Kelly to help steal the herd and move it into town. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The renegade adventurer and the reckless colonel ! See more »

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The Richmond Story  »

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Trivia

Both William Holden and director Edward Dmytryk were concerned about the script of the film before production even began. At one point during filming, Holden, who was hung-over and dealing with an unruly horse, became angry and tried shoving the script up the horse's rear, yelling, "That's where it belongs!" See more »

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Sergeant Hatcher wearing a bandoleer of .45-70 cartridges at least 8 years before the .45-70 was developed. See more »

Quotes

Alvarez Kelly: Now the main thing to remember is... cattle are like women. Sometimes you have to be firm with them. Sometimes you have to be gentle. And sometimes you have to give them a slap on the rump.
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Opening credits prologue: In every war................... In every age.................... The forgotten weapon is.................... Food. For to kill, soldiers must live................... to live, they must eat.................... And a herd of cattle is as vital as a herd of cannon...................

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Alvarez Kelly
Music by Johnny Green (as John Green)
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by The Brothers Four
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Has aged very well
14 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

See it - William Holden plays his trademark role as a smooth-talking womanizer caught in a war he doesn't want to be a part of. He's a rich cattle driver in the Civil War looking to sell his horses to the highest bidder. Richard Widmark plays the eyepatch-wearing Confederate villain. Some might say these two actors can't carry a movie by themselves, but together they are fantastic. The script in this movie is surprisingly sharp and smart. This is rare for a western. The dialogue is very witty and actually pretty funny at times. The movie has also aged very well, meaning that it is still relevant and doesn't have that "old" feel to it. For example, the things that are supposed to be funny are funny, etc. The only problem with this movie is that there's not much action until the end. This is easily forgivable because of the good story. After seeing the movie, I immediately compared it to Horse Soldiers, which Holden co-starred in with the Duke. Worth seeing once. 2 out of 5 action rating


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