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

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Anthony Mann

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Fredric M. Frank (story), Philip Yordan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... El Cid Rodrigo de Vivar
Sophia Loren ... Jimena
Raf Vallone ... Count Ordóñez
Geneviève Page ... Princess Urraca (as Genevieve Page)
John Fraser ... Prince Alfonso
Gary Raymond ... Prince Sancho
Hurd Hatfield ... Arias
Massimo Serato ... Fanez
Frank Thring ... Al Kadir
Michael Hordern ... Don Diego
Andrew Cruickshank Andrew Cruickshank ... Count Gormaz
Douglas Wilmer ... Moutamin
Tullio Carminati ... Priest
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... King Ferdinand
Christopher Rhodes Christopher Rhodes ... Don Martín
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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 Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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Sophia Loren was paid one million dollars for ten weeks' work. Producer Samuel Bronston also agreed to pay two hundred dollars a week for her hairdresser. See more »

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The little girl at the well speaks with the voice of a woman many years her senior. See more »

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Moutamin: And thus the Cid rode out of the gates of history into legend.
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Alternate Versions

1993 reissue restores 16 minutes of "lost" footage. See more »

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Featured in Stars of the Silver Screen: Charlton Heston (2014) 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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" And the Cid rode thru the gate and into legend "
7 April 2008 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

El Cid is the story of legendary Rodrigo Diaz who lifted his country with valour and integrity to drive the Moorish invaders from Spain.

I think the best thing I can say about this film is that even though it's nearly three hours long, I never once look at the clock. It's a thoroughly engaging picture that boasts all the great hallmarks of a sweeping historical epic. The colour, the costumes, the scope, and the attention to detail from director Anthony Mann are first rate, and par for the course is the suitably rousing score from Miklos Rozsa. Big square jawed bronzed beefcake Charlton Heston takes the lead role as Diaz, and firmly cements himself as the go to guy for gargantuan epics. Support comes in the form of Sophia Loren, Genevieve Page, Raf Vallone, John Fraser (excellent), and Gary Raymond (also excellent).

The story is an excellent one because Diaz was such a fine character from the annals of Spanish history, uniting the sulking Christian kings of Spain whilst simultaneously lifting the people of the streets off their knees and getting them to believe in the cause. However, it has to be said that this is far from the perfect historical epic movie, even allowing for the usual Hollywoodisation of facts, one can't quite get past the fact that El Cid comes across as a glamorised glory tale without any hindrances. Surely here in the 11th century El Cid's path would have been fraught and sodden with a great deal more death and destruction? There's a tameness where there should be serrated edges to the story and it takes away greatly from the film's end because the build up of Cid's heroism actually didn't contain a great deal of hard work - it was a stroll in the park so to speak.

Still, it's a wonderful film that ticks all the boxes for genre staples, and as churlish as I may be as regards the assumptive nature of El Cid's story being told here, I'm still the first to start cheering and thumping my chest as the credits role, and not even Sophia Loren's pout can distract me from the bravado warmth washing over me. 8/10


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Release Date:

14 December 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sevilla Studios, Madrid, Spain See more »

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$6,250,000 (estimated)
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