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The Brave Bulls (1951)

In 1950s Mexico, a famous bullfighter loses his nerve after he's injured and witnesses the death of another matador in the ring.


Robert Rossen


John Bright, Tom Lea (novel)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Ferrer ... Luis Bello
Miroslava ... Linda de Calderon
Anthony Quinn ... Raul Fuentes
Eugene Iglesias ... Pepe Bello
José Torvay ... Eladio Gomez
Charlita Charlita ... Raquelita
Jose Luis Vasquez Jose Luis Vasquez ... Yank Delgado (as José Luis Vasquez 'Mexicano')
Alfonso Alvirez Alfonso Alvirez ... Loco Ruiz
Alfredo Aguilar Alfredo Aguilar ... Pancho Perez
Francisco Balderas Francisco Balderas ... Monkey Garcia
Felipe Mota Felipe Mota ... Jackdaw
Pepe López Pepe López ... Farique
Jose Meza Jose Meza ... Little White
Vicente Cárdenas Vicente Cárdenas ... Goyo Salinas (as Vicente Cardenas 'Maera')
Manuel Orozco Manuel Orozco ... Abundio de Lao


Bullfighter Luis Bello (Mel Ferrer) is a star, but fear and doubt strike quickly after he is injured in the ring. Manager Raul Fuentes (Anthony Quinn) refuses to let him give up, though, pushing Luis to overcome his doubt and remain a matador. Luis agrees, but complications ensue when he falls for Raul's girlfriend, Linda (Miroslava). Things get even worse after a tragic accident and a public embarrassment. Now, to salvage his dignity, Luis needs one last shot in the ring.

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For a moment ... he was afraid of nothing !


Drama | Romance | Sport


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USA | Mexico



Release Date:

18 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corrida de la peur See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico City, Mexico See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Marlon Brando turned down the role of Raul Fuentes, telling Robert Rossen, "Offer the role to Anthony Quinn. He wants to be me, anyway." See more »

Alternate Versions

Widely released in the US at 108 minutes. Some newer prints run 114 minutes and restore bullfighting sequences originally removed because they were deemed too violent. See more »


Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 12 March 1962 (1962) See more »


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There's no contest
22 May 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Good heavens, Anthony Quinn is handsome! If only he were the lead in The Brave Bulls instead of Mel Ferrer. There's nothing wrong with Mel when he's on his own, but up against Tony, there's no contest. I could barely pay attention when Tony was on the screen, and I certainly couldn't listen to anything Mel had to say when he was standing right next to him. Ladies, for some serious eye candy, but a pretty lousy movie, rent The Brave Bulls. For some serious eye candy in a good movie, try The Naked Street instead.

Mel plays a bullfighter, and Tony's his manager. While they're pretty good friends, when they both fall for the same girl, Miroslava, their friendship and working relationship is tested. Throw in a bunch of bullfighting scenes with Mel Ferrer's stunt double, and you've got a movie. Mel never really comes across as a very strong man anyway, and paired against Tony, he doesn't stand a chance. A rather weak hero isn't very easy to root for, especially when there's someone else ready in the wings.

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