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Alvarez Kelly (1966)

 -  Western  -  October 1966 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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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
Arthur Franz ...
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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A herd of cattle against a herd of cannon!

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October 1966 (USA)  »

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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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Despite the firepower of the Union Cavalry at the bridge, not one steer is seen to fall down dead or wounded. There are fallen cattle seen after the herd has crossed the bridge, but these are obviously live cattle with their legs tied, as can be seen when they struggle to stand up. See more »

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Maj. Albert Stedman: Money, whiskey and women... your three deities. Tell me something, Mr. Kelly. Have they made you a happy man?
Alvarez Kelly: No, but not as miserable a one as you.
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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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Odd, uneven, almost heroic in failure
21 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most reviews here range from mixed to egregious. Except for a few shocking holes in the script and underproduced scenes (e.g. the Confederate ambush at the apple cellar and Stedman's escape with Ruthie and her subsequent death), just like a kid at the movies I felt swept up in the film's patched-together, on-with-the-show spirit.

Given the production's reliance on a cattle herd as its main prop and the health problems of its aging stars, much credit goes to the film's editors. Plus one must bow to the astonishing gift of William Holden, reportedly a wreck throughout the making, but managing his horse like a pro and looking like a man you or any woman would keep giving another chance.

Overall this film probably represents a pathetic last gasp of the studio system whose problems are worthy of dismay, but once again that studio system produced a work that soldiers on to some kind of colorful, noisy, almost dignified end.


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