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Garden of Evil (1954)

A trio of American adventurers marooned in rural Mexico are recruited by a beautiful woman to rescue her husband trapped in a cave in Apache territory.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Frank Fenton (screenplay), Fred Freiberger (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Hooker
Susan Hayward ... Leah Fuller
Richard Widmark ... Fiske
Hugh Marlowe ... John Fuller
Cameron Mitchell ... Luke Daly
Rita Moreno ... Cantina Singer
Víctor Manuel Mendoza ... Vicente Madariaga (as Victor Manuel Mendoza)
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Storyline

Three Americans are headed by ship around the cape to the California gold fields when they are put ashore for several weeks in a sleepy little Mexican village. While there, they are offered the job of following a lady deep into the indian infested mountains of Mexico to rescue the ladies husband trapped by a cave-in at their gold mine. For the job they are promised two thousand dollars each. While each contemplates their own chances for getting the lady and /or the gold mine, if they can survive to enjoy it. Written by Ronnie L. Hyde

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Takes you beyond the land of the Black Sand!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 October 1954 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Volcano See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,070,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| Mono (Western Electric Recording) (35 mm optical prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The story takes place in 1849. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in Mexico and the Indians are being called Apaches. However, they are dressed as Northeastern American Mohawks. In addition, the men of the Apache nations were traditionally long-haired. In this film, the "Apache" Indians are sporting Northeastern Mohawk haircuts. See more »

Quotes

Fiske: Say, Hooker, before you became an idiot lookin' for gold, what were you?
Hooker: An idiot without it.
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Ripe for a Cult
8 June 2005 | by wonderbossSee all my reviews

This is a hugely underrated western as eccentric and individual as anything by Peckinpah or Boetticher. One of the early Cinemascope adventures from Fox, GARDEN OF EVIL has a superb cast at the top of their respective games, fantastic special effects, wonderful widescreen photography, and one of house composer Bernard Herrmann's very best scores (which is saying a mouthful). Best of all, it showcases an utterly unique screenplay full of strange, world-weary philosophy that sounds like Hemingway on acid. (Ironically, the chief writer, Fred Frieberger, is best known for producing the third and weakest season of the original STAR TREK -- notorious for its bad writing). At any rate, check this one out the first chance you get. Years of bad pan & scan showings on TV have destroyed its reputation -- but if you ask me, GARDEN OF EVIL is a gem waiting to be discovered, if not a cult waiting to be born!


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