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El Cid (1961)

The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz (a.k.a. El Cid) overcomes a family vendetta and court intrigue to defend Christian Spain against the Moors.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... El Cid Rodrigo de Vivar
... Jimena
... Count Ordóñez
... Princess Urraca (as Genevieve Page)
... Prince Alfonso
... Prince Sancho
... Arias
... Fanez
... Al Kadir
... Don Diego
Andrew Cruickshank ... Count Gormaz
... Moutamin
... Priest
Ralph Truman ... King Ferdinand
Christopher Rhodes ... Don Martín
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Epic film of the legendary Spanish hero, Rodrigo Diaz ("El Cid" to his followers), who, without compromising his strict sense of honour, still succeeds in taking the initiative and driving the Moors from Spain. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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The GREATEST ROMANCE and ADVENTURE in a THOUSAND YEARS! See more »


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14 December 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Sid  »

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Budget:

$6,250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,620,000
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(some 35 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

The film was partly funded by the fascist regime of General Francisco Franco. It was heavily promoted as pro-Franco propaganda when it was released in Spain. Franco actively supported Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy during World War II, although he did not formally join the Axis Powers. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, when El Cid rides out the castle gates, you can see the cheese cutter hat of one of the crew members. See more »

Quotes

Jimena: Why did you come?
El Cid: I tried not to come. I tried, I told my love it had no right to live. But my love won't die...
Jimena: Kill it.
El Cid: You kill it! Tell me you don't love me.
Jimena: [long pause] I cannot. Not yet. But I will make myself worthy of you Rodrigo, I will learn to hate you.
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Referenced in Remote Control (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

The Falcon and the Dove
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Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Performed by Chorus
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Sweeping medieval drama at its best
29 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I was debating how to vote on this one as it is one of my favorite movies of all time, and only if I felt something was missing would I not give it a 10.

Well I couldn't think of a single thing missing or that could've been done better in this movie, so this is the first 10/10 or 5/5 I have given. Seriouslly, its that good.

I am very particular about my movies. There has to be good story, characters, action, cinematography and attention to detail and authenticity.

El Cid has all this and more. The characters are compelling and real, both noble and craven. The story is based on a real person and real location and events, although I am sure some liberties have been taken to dramatize things during this Spanish/moorish conflict. Costumes seem authentic, and there is plenty of action for all so long as you don't mind the long periods of drama between them. And frankly, I give this movie a capitol D for drama!

This is the kind of classic epic that moves you emotionally and draws you in, you feel for the characters and are awed by the events. If you like historical/medieval drama, watch El Cid. It is a classic.


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