A man who has lost everything joins others paid to convey a wealthy man's wife - and a mysterious treasure - to safety in San Francissco.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shad Clay
Otilia Ruiz
Claudina, Otilia's Servant
Don Miguel Ruiz
Delores the Bartender
Armando Silvestre ...
Diego Campos, Don Miguel's Man
José Chávez ...
First Monk
Ben Archibek ...
Frankie Gant
Pancho Córdova ...
Father Augustine (as Francisco de Córdova)


19th Century figure Joaquin Murietta is a formerly wealthy and respected California landowner. However, he has lost his land, his wife, and everything else he held dear. Embittered and questioning his previous faith in God and man, he joins a disparate group of men hired to convey a wealthy man's wife away from the bandit-ridden countryside to safety in San Francisco. Murietta discovers that the convoy is also carrying a treasure of great material and religious value. He finds himself challenged to decide what he believes, and what he should do, in the face of threats to himself, to the convoy, and to the people of southern California. Written by Charles Delacroix

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3 December 1971 (USA)  »

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Filmed in 1969, not broadcast until 1971. See more »


When Murietta finds the statue in the hidden compartment of the coach he scrapes it with his gun to reveal gold. After the others gather and look in the coach there is no mark on the Madonna. See more »


Don Miguel Ruiz: I cannot trust them; but greed, Otilia, is dependable.
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Okay TV Movie
2 April 2010 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

Wealthy Spaniard Ricardo Montalban loses his land and roams the west, joining up with redneck Earl Holliman's band of mercenaries, including Slim Pickens and Rosey Grier. They're hired by a Mexican landowner to escort his wife to San Francisco, a mission that masks an ulterior motive.

This has pretty good production values for a late-sixties/early-seventies made-for-television movie. It's fairly decent too, but a lack of action and focus in the first hour keeps it from being as good as it could have been. Basically, it's a TV show that looks like a feature film.

Still, it's worth watching for the great performances and characterizations. The charismatic Montalban is perfectly cast as a wise, cultured hero. He and the likable, but shifty Holliman contrast nicely and play well together, for a while at least.

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