Epic movie of the legendary Spanish hero, Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar (Charlton Heston) ("El Cid" to his followers), who, without compromising his strict sense of honor, still succeeds in taking the initiative and driving the Moors from Spain.Written by
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Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, Charlton Heston himself was not overly impressed by the finished movie, suggesting in his 1995 autobiography "In the Arena" that this movie might have been better if William Wyler had directed it instead of Anthony Mann. Conversely, he speculates that Ben-Hur (1959) may have been more effective with Mann, not Wyler, helming it. Heston recalled he once mentioned this idea to Wyler, who thought little of it. See more »
When El Cid and his army are charging down the beach at Valencia the tire tracks from the camera truck are briefly visible in the sand. See more »
The Prophet has commanded us to rule the world. Where in all your land of Spain is the glory of Allah? When men speak of you they speak of poets, musicmakers, doctors, scientists. Where are your warriors? You dare to call youselves sons of the Prophet? You have become women! Burn your books! Make warriors of your poets! Let you doctors invent new poisons for our arrows. Let you scientists invent new war machines! And then, kill! Burn! Infidels live on your frontiers. Encourage them to kill each...
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1993 reissue restores 16 minutes of "lost" footage. See more »
One of my favorite films. One of the great scenes is El Cid's meeting with a leper on the road to his banishment. 'Only one knight in Spain would humble his King and share his water with with a leper.' The player of Lazarus is totally uncredited - it sounds like Claud Rains? surely such a key contribution to the movie should not remain unacknowledeged forty years after its filming. Similarly the closing narration is uncredited as well. 'For Spain and God!'
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