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El Dorado -- Robert Mitchum plays to perfection an alcoholic but gutsy sheriff who relentlessly battles the dark side of the wild West, ruthless cattle barons and crooked "businessmen." The Duke gives an equally adept performance as the sheriff's old friend who knows his way around a gunfight.
El Dorado -- Clip: Now you're deputies
El Dorado -- Clip: Well I owe him one
El Dorado -- Clip: How's that
El Dorado -- Clip: That's right


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Leigh Brackett (screenplay)
Harry Brown (novel)
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Release Date:
7 June 1967 (USA) See more »
It's The Big One With The Big Two! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A Pleasant Surprise See more (90 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Cole Thornton

Robert Mitchum ... El Dorado Sheriff J.P. Harrah

James Caan ... Mississippi
Charlene Holt ... Maudie

Paul Fix ... Dr. Miller

Arthur Hunnicutt ... Bull

Michele Carey ... Josephine (Joey) MacDonald

R.G. Armstrong ... Kevin MacDonald

Edward Asner ... Bart Jason

Christopher George ... Nelse McLeod
Marina Ghane ... Maria

Robert Donner ... Milt
John Gabriel ... Pedro

Johnny Crawford ... Luke MacDonald
Robert Rothwell ... Saul MacDonald

Adam Roarke ... Matt MacDonald
Victoria George ... Jared's wife

Jim Davis ... Jim Purvis (Bart Jason's foreman)
Ann Newman-Mantee ... Saul MacDonald's wife (as Anne Newman)
Diane Strom ... Matt's wife
Olaf Wieghorst ... Swede Larsen (gunsmith)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Andrade ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Barfly (uncredited)
Charlita ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Don Collier ... Deputy Joe Braddock (uncredited)
Enrique Contreras ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Chuck Courtney ... Jared MacDonald (uncredited)
Linda Dangcil ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Nacho Galindo ... Mexican Saloon Keeper (uncredited)

Joe Garcio ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Betty Jane Graham ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... Man Behind Piano (uncredited)
William Henry ... Sheriff Dodd Draper (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Barfly (uncredited)
Riley Hill ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Chuck Horne ... Joe (uncredited)
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Bonnie Charyl Josephson ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Joe King ... Joe the Piano Player (uncredited)
Mike Letz ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Frank Leyva ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Myra MacMurray ... Bit Part (uncredited)
John Mitchum ... Elmer - Jason's Bartender (uncredited)
Ruben Moreno ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Deen Pettinger ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Lee Powell ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Jason's Gunman (uncredited)
Anthony Rogers ... Dr. Charles Donovan (uncredited)
Danny Sands ... Bit Par (uncredited)
Robert Shelton ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Dean Smith ... Charlie Hagan - McLeod Gang (uncredited)
John Strachen ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Rosa Turich ... Rosa (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Christopher West ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Hawks 
Writing credits
Leigh Brackett (screenplay)

Harry Brown (novel "The Stars in Their Courses")

Produced by
Howard Hawks .... producer
Paul Helmick .... associate producer
Original Music by
Nelson Riddle (music scored by)
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Woodcock 
Art Direction by
Carl Anderson 
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton  (as Robert Benton)
Ray Moyer 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
John R. Coonan .... unit production manager (as John Coonan)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew J. Durkus .... assistant director
William R. Poole .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Earl Olin .... property master
Olaf Wieghorst .... original paintings
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound recordist (as John Carter)
Charles Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Bill Wistrom .... sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects
Polly Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Combs .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... stunts (uncredited)
Walt La Rue .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Raymond .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Sands .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Neil Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Stern .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Gil Grau .... orchestrator
Nelson Riddle .... conductor
Other crew
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor
Howard Hawks .... presenter
Crew verified as complete

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126 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:ATP | Australia:PG | Canada:G (Manitoba/Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1995) (2000) (2002) | USA:Approved (certificate #21158) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

The opening credits feature a montage of original paintings that depict various scenes of cowboy life in the Old West. The artist was Olaf Wieghorst, who appears in the film as the Gunsmith, Swede Larsen.See more »
Factual errors: Cole was shot in the lower left side of his back where the bullet lodged near the lower left side of his spine. The nerves controlling Coles gun hand and arm exit the upper right side of the neck, just above the shoulder, so the injury from the bullet wound could not affect Cole's gun hand or anything on his right side.See more »
Sheriff J. P. Harrah:Cole they laughed at me. Right in front of McLeod, they just laughed at me.
Cole:They've been laughing at you... for a couple of months. You just haven't being sober enough to hear it.
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33 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
A Pleasant Surprise, 24 October 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This was a pretty solid western, one I enjoyed more than I thought I would. What I liked about it were the interesting characters and the fact it was nicely filmed, as westerns tend to be. People focus on the big stars of this film and often miss how good the visuals are in here.

John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and James Caan all played characters that were fun to watch. When I first saw this about 10 years ago, it was a shock to see how young Caan looked. It had to be one of his first films. Six years after this, he made it big in "The Godfather."

Wayne and Mitchum, of course, were already major motion picture celebrities and I liked the way they traded off each other in this movie. It was really good to see these two guys in the same film. With those two, and the nice photography, this would be a good pickup on DVD.

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