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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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Gabriel ...
Luke MacDonald
Robert Rothwell ...
Saul MacDonald


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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 »


Drama | Romance | Western


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Release Date:

12 June 1967 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Eldorado  »

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Box Office


$4,653,000 (estimated)


$6,000,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shooting started in late 1965. The movie was trade screened to exhibitors on 15 November 1966 but not released until June 1967. See more »


When Cole suffers a spasm and is incapacitated and Mississippi is forced to kill Pedro, you can see the shotgun blast hit the doorway behind Pedro a second or two before he flies backwards into the door. See more »


Nelse McLeod: [refering to Harrah] You think he's that good?
Cole: Good ? Why he's...
Nelse McLeod: The fourth man you were talking about.
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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 »


Referenced in Get Shorty (1995) See more »


I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
By Michael William Balfe
[From 'The Bohemian Girl'. Played on the saloon piano]
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One of the Great American Westerns...
6 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

every once and a while me and my father will buy a classic western no matter how cheesy or weird it may look, today he came home with this movie El Dorado, at first i was expecting not too much due to how many westerns that were made, though i should have thought better whenever i saw that it starred two great film actors John Wayne and Robert Mitchum.

i may be young(16) but i know good actors when i watch them on screen these two played beautifully off each other and so did another great actor James Caan

all the characters were played to perfection, even though anyone can play an alcoholic sheriff with a broken-heart Mitchum really made the role shine, of course John Wayne did wonderful as The Hired Gun, but my favorite role was that of Mississipi played by James Caan, in my opinion he did an astonishing job in this role and the scenes with him and Wayne were glorious.

Now some older ladies and gents may find it hard to follow the recommendation of a 16 year old but it is seriously one of my favorites of the ones me and my father have seen

in a lil side note the action scenes were done really well and there was also a slight editing issue during one of the scenes I'm sure you'll notice(but you must take into consideration the time when the movie was made)

thank you and you really must see this movie that could never be done today due to the fight between stars in leading roles.

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