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El Dorado (1966)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance, 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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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}

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Release Date:

7 June 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eldorado  »

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$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 »


The first night that Cole and Mississippi arrive in El Dorado, Cole tells Maudie and Bull not to let folks know he is back in town. Yet between these two incidents, Cole and Mississippi go to the jail to see JP. As they approach the jail, Bull stops them and Cole yells out he's "Cole Thornton". Not the best way to keep your arrival quiet. See more »


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 »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Jack the Ripper Goes West (2013) See more »


Hotel Piano No. 1
Music by Harry Sukman
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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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