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El Dorado (1966)

 -  Western  -  7 June 1967 (USA)
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Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.

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Hired gunman Cole Thornton turns down a job with Bart Jason as it would mean having to fight an old sheriff friend. Some months later he finds out the lawman is on the bottle and a top gunfighter is heading his way to help Jason. Along with young Mississippi, handy with a knife and now armed with a diabolical shotgun, Cole returns to help. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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They were friends. They were enemies. A passerby could not tell which was who. This was the seething sultry Old Southwest. Where loyalties and labels shifted with the sands, the winking of an eye, the wavering of a gun! See more »

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7 June 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eldorado  »

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$6,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The poem "El Dorado" has four verses. James Caan's character recites three, omitting the second, which laments the aging knight's failure to locate El Dorado. He recites the first verse and part of the fourth riding with John Wayne after they meet for the first time, the third when Wayne is about to ride out for the final gunfight, and the complete fourth when he himself takes up the second wagon's reins. See more »

Goofs

When Maudie, dressed in her lingerie, invited Cole into her room, they leave Mississippi right outside the door with the two horses. When Cole later opens the door to leave, the horses and Mississippi are not anywhere in sight from the doorway. When they cut outside of the room, Mississipi is right in front of the door with the two horses again. See more »

Quotes

Mississippi: Are you bein' fair?
Cole: How?
Mississippi: Lettin' him go in there?
Cole: Well I'd hate to be the one to try and stop him. They laughed at him, Mississippi. That'll make the difference.
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Crazy Credits

Possibly due to their fame, the closing cast list does not bill John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. See more »

Connections

References Shoot the Pianist (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Hotel Piano No. 1
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Sukman
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User Reviews

 
The Duke shows his age in this range war western
7 September 2005 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

Another western which has a theme of a greedy rancher who wants to grab a neighbor's land for water rights and uses his hired guns to achieve his ends. Enter John Wayne with his fast draw and sense of fair play to even the odds in a good but predictable movie. The picture has a talented cast and beautiful vistas of the old west and good action as the two ranchers and their men are locked in a range war with high stakes for the winner. The picture mixes gunslinging with touches of humor along the way to good effect. Robert Mitchum is okay as a drunken sheriff, a departure from his usual tough-guy roles. Arthur Honnicutt and James Caan have nice roles and tomboy Michelle Carey is okay as a wild cowgirl. The music and vocals are good and the watercolor paintings shown during the opening credits depict nice wild west scenes.


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