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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Storyline

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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Honor is Always Worth Fighting For. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for violence, brief nudity and some language | See all certifications »
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When MGM producer Ira Steiner took Elmore Leonard's novel to Lancaster, the actor agreed to co-produce and co-star as Tanner with Marlon Brando as Valdez, David Rayfiel as writer, and Sidney Pollak directing. After the picture was postponed to allow Lancaster to do "Airport," the actor decided he wanted to play the title role and engaged Roland Kibbee to rewrite the role for him. According to Lancaster's biographer Gary Fishgall, none of Rayfiel's writing was used although he received co-credit. See more »

Goofs

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: [about Gay] She never smiles. If she were my woman, I would make her smile.
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Referenced in Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) See more »

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Topflight cast in offbeat western tale
23 November 2002 | by (Tampa, Florida) – See all my reviews

I usually avoid Westerns like the plague, but the pedigree on this film (debut of theater director Sherin, starring Lancaster, Cypher, & Clark and featuring Jordan & Elizondo in their first movie roles) kept me interested til the, well, offbeat ending. Beautiful location scenery and smart writing helps this story of a Mexican sheriff (Lancaster) betrayed and humiliated in a most blasphemous way by a vile land baron (Cypher) over the honor of a widowed Apache woman. Clark plays the baron's kindhearted lover who admires the sheriff for his decency and bravery. Jordan is especially smarmy here as a cowardly would-be gunslinger. Because of brief but bloody violence, a few "S" words, and a threatened rape, this film isn't suitable for kids under 14, but it would make a good object lesson in morality for teenagers. A nice companion piece to Henry Fonda in "The Ox-Bow Incident".


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