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Valdez Is Coming (1971)

 -  Western  -  9 April 1971 (USA)
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A Mexican-American sheriff must resort to violence against a powerful rancher in order to get just compensation for the pregnant Indian widow of a wrongly killed black man.

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Valdez
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Gay Erin
Frank Silvera ...
Diego
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Frank Tanner
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R.L. Davis
Barton Heyman ...
El Segundo
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Mexican Rider
Phil Brown ...
Malson
Ralph Brown ...
Beaudry
Werner Hasselmann ...
Sheriff (as Werner Hassleman)
Lex Monson ...
Rincon
Sylvia Poggioli ...
Segundo's Girl (as Sylvia Paggioli)
José García García ...
Carlos (as Jose Garcia Garcia)
María Montez ...
Anita (as Maria Montez)
Juanita Penaloza ...
Indian Woman
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The town constable, Bob Valdez, is forced to kill someone accused by Frank Tanner of being a murderer. Valdez asks Tanner for monetary help for the man's wife, but he is ridiculed and almost killed by Tanner's henchmen. Valdez recovers and summons up his days in the U.S. Cavalry in order to fight them. Valdez wounds one of the henchmen and sends him back to Tanner with the message, "Valdez is coming." Written by Robbie Burns <burnodo@usit.net>

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They tore his body. They buried his pride. But they forgot his old uniform, his Sharps rifle, and his Buffalo gun. Find Tanner, El Segundo, and the 16 others. And tell them Valdez is coming. See more »

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Western

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Rated PG-13 for violence, brief nudity and some language | See all certifications »
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Final film of Frank Silvera. See more »

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At the end of the film, when Valdez is riding hidden between two horses, a wire is visible holding the horses' bridles together, so that they won't separate during Lancaster's close-up. See more »

Quotes

El Segundo: [after capturing Valdez] Like tobacco?
Bob Valdez: [quietly] No.
El Segundo: [after pausing and nervously clearing his throat] Tell me something... Who are you?
Bob Valdez: I told you once before - Bob Valdez.
El Segundo: [referring to Valdez's earlier marksmanship against his men] You know something, Bob Valdez, you hit one, I think, 700-800 yards.
Bob Valdez: [with certitude] Closer to a thousand.
El Segundo: What was it? Sharps?
Bob Valdez: [nods] My own load.
El Segundo: You ever hunt buffalo?
Bob Valdez: Apache.
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A personal revenge that carries suspense, drive and grim realism…
19 November 2007 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

Valdez is more a symbol of conscience!

Burt Lancaster—at that time 57 years old—in fact dominates the film by a mystic presence, rather than actually being on screen for any length of time…

The bulk of the film constitutes a battle of wits and guns between Valdez and an extremely stubborn leader of a band of trigger-happy gun-slingers…

So when Frank Tanner (John Cypher) provokes a shoot-out which results in the death of an innocent man, Valdez asks $100 compensation from Tanner to provide financial support for his pregnant widow… Tanner not only refuses, but humiliates Valdez and orders his hired gunmen to beat him hardly, to tie him to a cross, and to drive him out of his place…

Again Spain locations represented the American frontier for this revenge tale about an aging former cavalry man who dusts off his old uniform, straps on his old guns, takes plenty of ammunition, and erupt a one-man army against a greedy, rotten, evil rancher and his henchmen to enforce justice at any cost…

As the pursuers forge deeper into the wilderness, the situation shifts around with hunters becoming the hunted…

Susan Clark (Gay) sides with Valdez without falling in love with him, while Barton Heyman (playing the chief henchman "El Segundo") provides his character with warmth and quality at a pivotal time…


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