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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Gay Erin
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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 ...
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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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Rated PG-13 for violence, brief nudity and some language | See all certifications »
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Novice director Ed Sherin, who had guided "The Great White Hope" to stage success, was Lancaster's surprise choice to direct "Valdez Is Coming." Ironically the film version of "The Great White Hope" directed by Martin Ritt was filmed in Spain at the same time "Valdez" was filming. See more »

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In the picture of Valdez, taken when he was an Army Scout, he had Sargent stripes on his shirt. Later, when he wore the shirt, there were no stripes. See more »

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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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Referenced in Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) See more »

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Before I know Better
5 May 2007 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Occasionally, a film arrives with little or no fanfare and surprises many who expected just another film. How often we are wrong. That, should be the premise of this story. Each pivotal character woven within this western tapestry seems to have reached the summit of experience. Then why does each ignore the warnings when they arise before hand? For many Burt Lascaster fans, this is a classic role as he plays Constable Bob Valdez, an aging but experienced peace keeper. Townsmen and friends alike, know little of him or his background, until an uneventful day when a rich and powerful land Baron, incites all to chase and corner an ex-army soldier because he "looks familiar." Accidentally killing the soldier, Valdez seeks $200.00 compensation for the widow. When challenged to get the first $100.00 from Mr. Tanner (Jon Cypher) the rich landowner, the task become an impossible quest as Tanner has no intention of giving Valdez anything, but contempt, torture and pain. What ensues is a noble saga worthy of the former Indian scout and tracker. Although, Tanner is the main obstacle, Valdez is also challenged by Tanner's formidable collection of professional gunmen assembled by his experienced right-hand man, El Segundo (Barton Heyman). Among them is Hector Elizondo as a Mexican Rider and R.L.Davis (Richard Jordon) as a cowardly opportunist. Playing Valdez's friend is Diego, (Frank Silvera), in addition there's Tanner's wife, Gay Erin (Susan Clark) who is taken hostage, but ends up anything but. What transpires is a valuable lesson for all. The experience of a man may be hidden by time, but time cannot hide the experienced man. *****


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