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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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As entertaining as a western could be. See more (84 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)
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
 
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:
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Robert Mitchum revealed in an interview that when Howard Hawks asked him to be in the film, Mitchum asked what was the story of the film. Hawks reportedly replied that the story didn't matter because the film had some "great characters".See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Cole and Mississippi are in the Swede's shop and he bends down to pick up the ammunition for Mississippi's gun, there is a pack of Prince Albert and Bugler tobacco on the shelf behind him. Prince Albert tobacco was not introduced in the United States by the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company until 1907 and Bugler not until 1932.See more »
Quotes:
Cole:[after the gunfight in the church] Where'd you come from?
Bull Harris:I heard a noise!
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Soundtrack:
Hotel Piano No. 1See more »

FAQ

Meaning of Poem Eldorado
What kind of gun does Bull use throughout the film?
Why does Cole describe things to Macdonald that his dying son never said?
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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
As entertaining as a western could be., 20 August 2006
Author: TOMASBBloodhound from Omaha, NE USA

It's hard not to smile as you watch this film play itself out. There are just too many fine actors and top notch performances contained in this film for it to be anything but outstanding. Howard Hawks knows just how to harness this story and give each actor room enough to strut his stuff.

John Wayne plays a hired gun who comes to the aid of a drunken sheriff played to perfection by Robert Mitchum. By Wayne's side is a young man (James Caan) packing a nasty scatter-gun, and also at their disposal is a grizzled Indian fighter deputy (Arthur Hunnicutt). The four do battle with an evil land owner (Ed Asner), his hired gun (Christopher George), and several other gunslingers looking for trouble. A rival family of landowners named the MacDonalds are being pressured by Asner and his cronies. Wayne and Co. take their side, and all hell breaks loose in El Dorado.

The film is crisply paced, well-written, and the acting as good as you might expect. Even actors like Caan and Asner who might seem out of their element fit right in and hold their own. Wayne is as watchable as ever. It's a treat just to hear him say the word "Mississippi" every time he refers to Caan. Mitchum has the more demanding of the two lead roles, and it's no wonder Wayne wanted that role for himself. The toughest thing our heroes are faced with is sobering him up as he has become the laughing stock of the town he is supposed to protect. Arthur Hunnicutt, as Mitchum's deputy, seems to get a lot of the good lines and more than proves his worth when things get tough. Another person who stands out is Michele Carey who portrays one of the MacDonald clan. I'd never really heard of her before, but the woman is stunningly beautiful. She plays a resourceful woman out to kick some Asner butt.

Between the numerous shootouts, there are wonderful scenes where you can tell the stars are just happy to stand together in front of the camera. There are a few scenes that really weren't beaten to death by the genre and actually look original. A shootout involving church bells was something I hadn't seen before, though I'm hardly an expert in western lore. I wouldn't be surprised to find that someone had done it before, but it really worked in this film. Also, it was neat to see Caan blow some of the bad guys to shreds with his shotgun. That was an under-utilized weapon in old western films. His brief impersonation of a Chinaman is bound to offend some, but it's actually quite entertaining.

If you love a good western, you must not miss El Dorado. Even if you don't normally watch them, you might also find it more than worth your time.

9 of 10 stars.

The Hound.

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