Valdez Is Coming (1971)

PG-13  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Gay Erin
Frank Tanner
R.L. Davis
Barton Heyman ...
El Segundo
Mexican Rider
Phil Brown ...
Ralph Brown ...
Werner Hasselmann ...
Sheriff (as Werner Hassleman)
Lex Monson ...
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


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 <>

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Honor is Always Worth Fighting For. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, brief nudity and some language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

9 April 1971 (USA)  »

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Valdez  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final film of Frank Silvera. See more »


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 »


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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"Before I knew better..."
31 August 2002 | by (downrange) – See all my reviews

...was Bob Valdez's reply when he was asked when he used to hunt and shoot down Indians to eradicate them from rangeland. This is a great movie, one that deserves watching by anyone interested in the Western, and any Elmore Leonard fan. Burt Lancaster gives a great, artistic and very reserved performance as a very tired, lonely man who looks unassuming but should just not be messed with. His history makes him a very dangerous man, although he now only wants to live in peace. Of course, when he tries to do the honorable thing, he is treacherously dealt with, which leads to one of the most entertaining and compelling westerns ever filmed. Also of special note is Barton Heyman, who plays the world-wise Segundo, who quickly realizes that they are not after any ordinary man, and provides a great surprise ending. This is just a crackerjack movie, compelling from start to finish without losing a carefully crafted artistry that any movie lover would appreciate. Highly recommended.

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