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The Comancheros (1961)

Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves dealing with the Comanches known as Comancheros.

Directors:

Michael Curtiz, John Wayne (uncredited)

Writers:

James Edward Grant (screenplay), Clair Huffaker (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Capt. Jake Cutter
Stuart Whitman ... Paul Regret
Ina Balin ... Pilar Graile
Nehemiah Persoff ... Graile
Lee Marvin ... Tully Crow
Michael Ansara ... Amelung
Patrick Wayne ... Tobe (as Pat Wayne)
Bruce Cabot ... Maj. Henry
Joan O'Brien ... Melinda Marshall
Jack Elam ... Horseface (Comanchero)
Edgar Buchanan ... Circuit Court Judge Thaddeus Jackson Breen
Henry Daniell ... Gireaux
Richard Devon ... Esteban
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Storyline

Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves dealing with the Comanches known as Comancheros.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Big Jake the Adventurer... Paul Regret the Gambler... Pilar the Gypsy beauty... Three With a Past... Destined to Cross and Clash... In a Kingdom of Killers!


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

On the first day of filming, John Wayne reprimanded third assistant director Tom Mankiewicz for wearing a John F. Kennedy button. He told him, "I'd take that button off if I were you. We don't advertise socialists on my set." Wayne had campaigned for Richard Nixon in the 1960 U.S. Presidential election, and blamed Kennedy for losing the Bay of Pigs invasion. See more »

Goofs

The White cowboy characters wear vaquero-style cowboy boots which were not commonly worn by Americans until around the time of the Civil War. Anglos did not wear vaquero style clothing as that could have resulted in their being mistaken for Mexicans or even the eponymous Comancheros, the film's antagonists. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gireaux: Since there is no reconciliation, we proceed. You will please stand with your backs to one another.
Emil Bouvier - Duelist: It may amuse you to know, monsieur, I never believed you cheated at cards.
Paul Regret: Well, maybe I don't have your sense of humor.
Emil Bouvier - Duelist: There's a lady who prefers your attentions to mine. I intend to... simplify her choice.
Paul Regret: Rachel?
[Emil snickers]
Paul Regret: Margo? No.
Gireaux: When I begin to count, you will each take 10 paces. You will turn and fire on the count of 10. If either man stops or turns before the count of 10, ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure an 'A' rating. When released on home video in 1988, the BBFC made cuts of 11 seconds to remove shots of horse-falls to secure a 'PG' rating. For the DVD release, the BBFC made cuts of 8 seconds in 2003 to remove similar shots of horse-falls resulting in a 'PG' rating. To date (December 2014), the film has not been released fully uncut on UK media. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Red Wing
(uncredited)
Music by Kerry Mills
Lyrics by Thurland Chattaway
Performed by John Wayne and Lee Marvin
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User Reviews

This Action-packed Western is Great Fun!
25 August 1999 | by JSPrineSee all my reviews

A thrilling movie that stands the test of time. Exciting, action-packed, chock-full of engaging characters, coupled with a lively and evocative soundtrack, all combine to make this a real treat.

One of those rare movies that you hate to see end...

I rate it a 9.9 out of 10.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Navajo

Release Date:

29 November 1961 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Comancheros See more »

Filming Locations:

Castle Valley, Moab, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,260,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm mag-optical prints) (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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