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Director:
Writers:
Heck Allen (novel)
Carl Foreman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 May 1969 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
A GIANT OF A MOVIE
Plot:
The gangster Colorado kidnaps Marshal McKenna. He believes that McKenna has seen a map which leads to... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... Mackenna

Omar Sharif ... Colorado

Telly Savalas ... Sergeant Tibbs

Camilla Sparv ... Inga

Keenan Wynn ... Sanchez

Julie Newmar ... Hesh-Ke

Ted Cassidy ... Hachita

Lee J. Cobb ... The Editor

Raymond Massey ... The Preacher

Burgess Meredith ... The Storekeeper

Anthony Quayle ... Older Englishman

Edward G. Robinson ... Old Adams

Eli Wallach ... Ben Baker
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Prairie Dog
Dick Peabody ... Avila

Rudy Diaz ... Besh
Robert Phillips ... Monkey

Shelley Morrison ... The Pima Squaw
Robert Porter ... Young Englishman (as J. Robert Porter)
David Garfield ... Adams' Boy (as John Garfield Jr.)
Pepe Callahan ... Laguna (as Pépe Callahan)
Madeleine Taylor Holmes ... Old Apache Woman
Duke Hobbie ... Lieutenant

Victor Jory ... The Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Trevor Bardette ... (uncredited)

Directed by
J. Lee Thompson 
 
Writing credits
Heck Allen (novel) (as Will Henry)

Carl Foreman (screenplay)

Produced by
Carl Foreman .... producer
Dimitri Tiomkin .... producer
 
Original Music by
Quincy Jones 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph MacDonald (director of photography) (as Joseph Macdonald)
 
Film Editing by
Bill Lenny 
 
Production Design by
Geoffrey Drake 
 
Art Direction by
Geoffrey Drake 
Cary Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
Alfred E. Spencer 
 
Costume Design by
Norma Koch 
 
Makeup Department
Virginia Jones .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Ralph E. Black .... production manager (as Ralph Black)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Salven .... assistant director
Tom Shaw .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Eugene J. Reed .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Blunt .... stereophonic dubbing: Cine Tele Sound
Peter Bond .... assistant sound editor
Derek Frye .... sound supervisor
Jeanne Henderson .... sound editor
Bob Jones .... stereophonic dubbing: Shepperton Studios
William Randall .... unit sound recorder (as William Randall Jr.)
John Blunt .... sound (uncredited)
Tony Dawe .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Bob Jones .... sound (uncredited)
Bill Taylor .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special visual effects (as Larry Butler)
Willis Cook .... special visual effects
Bob Cuff .... special visual effects: Abacus Productions Ltd.
Geoffrey Drake .... special visual effects: Abacus Productions Ltd.
John Mackey .... special visual effects: Abacus Productions Ltd.
Joy Cuff .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... stunt coordinator (as Buzz Henry)
May Boss .... stunts (uncredited)
Buff Brady .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Dale .... stunts (uncredited)
Pete Dunn .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
Neil Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt double (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Donald C. Glouner .... additional photography (as Don Glouner)
John Mackey .... additional photography
Richard Moore .... additional photography
Harold E. Wellman .... second unit photography (as Harold Wellman)
Emil Oster .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Don Deacon .... associate film editor (as Donald Deacon)
Lois Gray .... first assistant film editor
John F. Link .... associate film editor (as John Link Jr.)
Raymond Poulton .... associate film editor
 
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gus Levene .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Gene Clinesmith .... driver (uncredited)
Frank Khoury .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
José Feliciano .... introduced by
Bobby Hoffman .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
128 min | UK:136 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:G (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) (1992) (2001) | USA:M | West Germany:16 (f) (original rating) | West Germany:12 (f) (re-rating)
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Trivia:
The cast includes three actors who played villains in the 1960s "Batman" (1966) TV series: Julie Newmar (Catwoman), Burgess Meredith (Penguin) and Eli Wallach (Mr. Freeze.) Ted Cassidy also guest-appeared in "Batman: The Penguin's Nest (#2.27)" (1966), reprising his role of Lurch from "The Addams Family" (1964).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Colorado holds onto Mackenna's hair, in some shots there is hair falling over Mackenna's forehead and in others there is not.See more »
Quotes:
The Preacher:It can work for the lord as well as the devil!
Colorado:Ai chihuahua.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Mummy (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
Old Turkey BuzzardSee more »

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23 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
The Old Turkey Buzzard, 15 October 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

With so much talent and such great location cinematography from Arizona and Utah where Mackenna's Gold was shot, you would think the film would have wound up a classic. Sadly it tries and misses by a good deal.

Gregory Peck at his noblest is a town marshal who is ambushed by old Apache chief Eduardo Ciannelli. Peck kills him and finds out that the old man thought Peck was one of a gang of outlaws after a map of a lost canyon of gold. But as Ciannelli dies, Peck inherits the map which he burns.

Turns out Peck inherits a lot more than a map. Word of what the old guy had has reached the strangest places. The U.S. Cavalry, a group of settlers from the town Peck was the marshal, and unfortunately one unscrupulous bandit played by Omar Sharif. He kidnaps Peck and since Peck knows the location of where the lost canyon allegedly is, that fact keeps him alive.

Gold does terrible things to the human soul as we discover watching this film. Part of the problem here is that Peck somehow seems to rise above the whole business. Maybe he's just a bit too noble in this film and that's my problem with it.

The townspeople are an interesting crowd, the citizens that Peck has sworn to protect turn on him quite savagely. Gambler Eli Wallach, newspaper editor Lee J. Cobb, storekeeper Burgess Meredith, a pair of traveling Englishmen, Anthony Quayle and John Philip Law who think it would be jolly good sport, and even the local preacher who convinces himself God has ordained this so he can build a tabernacle. That role is played by Raymond Massey in his final big screen performance. And of course there's Edward G. Robinson as an old prospector who claims the canyon exists because the saw it and for that the Apaches burned out his eyes.

Camilla Sparv is another of Omar Sharif's hostages who's having a big problem choosing between Peck and the gold. One of the more ridiculous sequences in the film has Sharif and his band coming across an Eden like waterhole they spend a bit of time skinny dipping and satisfying some lustful desires.

The two best performances in the film are from Julie Newmar in a role with no dialog as a murderous Indian squaw who travels with Sharif's band and has a personal score to settle with Peck and from Telly Savalas as a cavalry sergeant who murders his own men and declares himself in on the gold hunt.

Hovering over the characters in the sky throughout the film is an old turkey buzzard and a song is sung intermittently throughout the film by Jose Feliciano. It's a kind of running commentary, the way some of the westerns in the fifties had Frankie Laine and other singers performing the same function.

A lot of the same themes were done better twenty years earlier in Columbia films classic Lust for Gold that starred Glenn Ford and Ida Lupino. Mackenna's Gold is an entertaining enough western, but considering all the talent in this film it should have been a lot better.

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