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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.
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Release Date:
7 June 1967 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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There is some deliberate burlesque in Hawks' "El Dorado." 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)

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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 »
Anachronisms: The film is set a few years after the American Civil War. Several characters, including Thornton and Harrah, use Winchester rifle models that were not introduced until 1892.See more »
Sheriff J. P. Harrah:[Cole has just been treated for a gunshot wound] Doctor, can he be moved?
Dr. Miller:Sure, in a couple of hours, but don't go bouncin' him around.
Maudie:He can stay here. I'll... I'll make him comfortable.
Sheriff J. P. Harrah:Oh, I've got a fine bed over at my place. It's, uh, narrow and it's hard and it's uncomfortable, but, uh, he won't get bounced around.
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31 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
There is some deliberate burlesque in Hawks' "El Dorado.", 11 November 2007

In the Broken Saloon at El Dorado, two old friends, each with a reputation, meet again… But Sheriff J.P. Harrah (Robert Mitchum) greets Cole Thornton (John Wayne) with a pointed rifle… Harrah has heard his friend works now for Bart Jason (Edward Asner). Thornton admits Jason offered him good money but he doesn't know what he has to do to earn it…

Harrah explains that Jason showed up here around the end of the war with a pocketful of money and nobody could find out where he got it, but everybody else around here was broke… Having money, he started to grow… But now he needs more water… There's only one place to get it… Trouble is somebody was there ahead of him, about 20 years ahead… His name is Kevin MacDonald (R. G. Armstrong).

MacDonald got four boys and a girl… All worked real hard… They hung together through the rough times and how things were looking up, MacDonald was not ready to sell… So he's holding and Jason was pushing, and the sheriff was standing right in the middle…

Warned that Thornton has gone to Jason's, MacDonald has left his youngest boy out there to do a man's job… He went to sleep… When Cole came by, Luke (Johnny Crawford) woke up, jumped up and started firing his gun… All Cole was seeing was somebody shooting at him from the rocks… Thornton, thinking himself the target, shoots and drops the boy … Luke explains the error then… To escape the pain of his mortal wound, he kills himself…

Thornton takes his body to his fathers' place, and after he explains what happened, his sister, Joey (Michele Carey), a wild cat in buckskin pants who didn't believe him, tried to kill him… Her brother stops her and her father asks her to get in the house…

After Thornton leaves the ranch, Joey (Michele Carey) ambushes Cole at a creek, dropping him with her riffle bullet… He manages to get back on his horse and escapes to Maudie's place, where Doc Miller (Paul Fix) treats him… The bullet was dangerous up against his spine, however, as Doc advises him to find a better surgeon for the bullet's removal…

After a short time, Thornton leaves El Dorado…

One of the best moments in the film came in a Cantina near the Mexican border when James Caan (Mississippi) enters the place and calls one of four men sitting at a dinner table, reminding him if he remembers him or if he remembers the blue hat he is wearing? Mississippi says he caught up with his other three companions and he killed them all, and that he was the last of the four… He asks him to stand up… and as the audience observed, Mississippi wasn't wearing, at all, any gun…

Obviously, when Jason just brought his outfit into town, the action started…

Robert Mitchum is 'the tin star with a drunk pinned on it.' He was too mad to be scared and too sick to worry about it..

Charlene Holt plays Maudie the gambler's widow who throws her arms around Cole, sees Harrah, and bursts out laughing when she finds her old flame and her current one are friends… She tells the sheriff that Cole gave her a stake, and helped her get on her feet…

Michele Carey plays Joey, the wild girl who thinks that Mississippi looks a lot better without that silly hat…

Christopher George plays Nelse McLeod, a dark, thin-faced man with a scar on his eye…

"El Dorado" was the third of four Westerns that Howard Hawks made with John Wayne… Hawks' massive reputation as a director of Westerns virtually rests on just two films ("Red River" & "Rio Bravo") but these two are sufficient to reveal a highly skilled, intuitive filmmaker, and one who has managed to satisfy large audiences and serious critics alike within a commercial system…

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