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Director:
Writers:
Leigh Brackett (screenplay)
Harry Brown (novel)
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Release Date:
7 June 1967 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's The Big One With The Big Two! See more »
Plot:
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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User Reviews:
Sumptuous Filming; Many Good Characters; Superior Western See more (85 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
126 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to James Caan, during a break he and John Wayne got into an altercation over a game of chess. Caan accused Wayne of cheating. Robert Mitchum intervened and cooled things down.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Cole:Don't you know better than to follow a man that way?
Mississippi:Sorry... I didn't know there was another way.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.89" (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Hotel Piano No. 1See more »

FAQ

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Why does Cole describe things to Macdonald that his dying son never said?
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Sumptuous Filming; Many Good Characters; Superior Western, 20 June 2005
Author: silverscreen888

This many not be the best western ever made, but it looks like an epic and is more fun than most movies by a hoot and a holler. It's got direction by Howard Hawks, characters, and people who actually talk to each other in intelligent dialogue and have to think, all set in a beautiful Western locale. John Wayne ably plays a man who has faces several challenges, in this fine screenplay by Leigh Brackett (of "The Big Sleep" and "Rio Bravo" fame). The challenges have to do with helping his hard-drinking friend, the Sheriff played by Robert Mitchum, combating a gang of badmen headed by powerful Edward Asner, and the fact that he's been shot in the back by mistake and that the pain causes him to be unable to move at inconvenient times. The production has a fine title sung by the great Ed Ames, titles by noted western artist Olaf Weighorst (who also appears as a gunsmith),; and its technical production is truly outstanding in every department Other actors contributing to this near-masterpiece of entertaining film-making include Arthur Hunnicutt, R.G. Armstrong, Christopher George and Charlene Holt in her best screen role ever. Outstanding contributions were made by Nellie Manley and Wally Westmore on hair and makeup, Edith Head on costumes and many others. Altogether a very-satisfying, adult and physically beautiful color western; writer Brackett was asked by Wayne to include the saloon scene from "Rio Bravo" in a rewritten version, and it works just as well here; the major change is James Caan as Alan Trehearne, plus the change of cast to Mitchum, Hunnicxuut and Holt, who are all very good indeed.

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