Mackenna's Gold (1969)

M  |   |  Adventure, Romance, Western  |  10 May 1969 (USA)
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The gangster Colorado kidnaps Marshal McKenna. He believes that McKenna has seen a map which leads to a rich vein of gold in the mountains and forces him to show him the way. But they're ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Mackenna
John Colorado
Sergeant Tibbs
Inga Bergerman
The Editor
The Preacher
The Storekeeper
Older Englishman
Old Adams
Ben Baker
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Prairie Dog
Dick Peabody ...


The gangster Colorado kidnaps Marshal McKenna. He believes that McKenna has seen a map which leads to a rich vein of gold in the mountains and forces him to show him the way. But they're not the only ones who're after the gold; soon they meet a group of "honorable" citizens and the cavalry crosses their way too - and that is even before they enter Indian territory. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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Release Date:

10 May 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El oro de Mackenna  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When the raft/ferry carrying the treasure seekers across the river is cut free it's swept down stream and everyone jumps off and swims ashore. There's an aerial shot of the raft supposedly breaking up in the rapids then a shot looking up at a waterfall as the wreckage comes over the top. The waterfall is actually High Force in Teesdale, Co Durham, England. See more »


The movie begins with a song about a"Turkey Buzzard" during a montage of "vultures" flying over the desert. None of the birds shot are Turkey Vultures. Some of the birds are not even vultures. Despite common use in popular culture, the vulture family are not buzzards.Hawks are buzzards, members of the buteo family. Buteo means buzzard. See more »


The Preacher: It can work for the lord as well as the devil!
Colorado: Ai chihuahua.
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Featured in The Wiz (1978) See more »


Old Turkey Buzzard
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Freddy Douglass (as Freddie Douglas)
Sung by José Feliciano (as Feliciano)
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A beautiful western in the genre's twilight
9 August 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This grand, sprawling western is an entertaining picture with mega cast names that results in an enjoyable adventure. Gregory Peck and Omar Sharif are the main adversaries here as a diverse group of ranchers, soldiers and assorted types search for a hidden canyon of gold in Indian country. The expensive production has several cameo appearances of stars well past their prime and a message about greed and the corrupting influence of gold fever and the risks people take to acquire untold wealth. There are two women in the story, one to meet the romance requirement while the other represents pure menace. The great beauty of the American west is the highlight of the picture as the plot plays out against the deserts, mountains and canyons of the great southwest. Indians are the main danger but the party of whites have their share of infighting with gun fights, chases and double crosses. The film was one of Hollywood's last great screen westerns.

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