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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 overview, first billed only:
Alvarez Kelly
Col. Tom Rossiter
Liz Pickering
Major Albert Stedman
Charity Warwick
Capt. Angus Ferguson
Richard Rust ...
Sergeant Hatcher
Capt. Towers
Lt. Farrow (as Donald Barry)
Duke Hobbie ...
John Beaurider
Cpl. Peterson
Ely Harrison
General Kautz (as G. B. Atwater)
Robert Morgan ...
Capt. Williams


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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Carving a legend of greatness from the Blue Ridge to the Rio Grande ! See more »




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Release Date:

October 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Richmond Story  »

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2.35 : 1
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70mm version released in Spain. See more »


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


Alvarez Kelly: God deliver me from dedicated men.
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Crazy Credits

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...................

The United States in 1864. See more »


Alvarez Kelly
Music by Johnny Green (as John Green)
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by The Brothers Four
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30 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a movie dominated by Whitmark & Holden. To say anything other is to deny the facts of the films. The cast and acting keeps you here watching the movie. This film is for the cast's fans only.

The script is another matter. This movie appears to have started shooting with out a real script making up stuff along the way. William Holden was totally frustrated during filming. He took his copy of the script & tried to stick it in his horse where the sun don't shine, he had so little respect for it.

There is a bridge explosion sequence on this movie in which the bridge looks much like the bridge in the Horse Soldiers that Holden had done years earlier with John Wayne. I am not sure if they used the same set area or the same people to build the bridge as in both movies the bridge is blown up.

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