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Alvarez Kelly (1966)

Approved | | Western | October 1966 (USA)
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During the Civil War, Mexican cattleman Alvarez Kelly supplies the Union with cattle until Confederate Colonel Tom Rossiter's hungry men force Kelly to change his customers.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alvarez Kelly
... Col. Tom Rossiter
... Liz Pickering
... Major Albert Stedman
... Charity Warwick
... Capt. Angus Ferguson
... Sergeant Hatcher
... Capt. Towers
... Lt. Farrow (as Donald Barry)
Duke Hobbie ... John Beaurider
... Cpl. Peterson
... McIntyre
... Ely Harrison
... General Kautz (as G. B. Atwater)
Robert Morgan ... Capt. Williams
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Suave former Texan cattleman Alvarez Kelly now living in Mexico has little interest in the Civil War except to make some money. But after a long drive to deliver cattle to the Union he finds himself kidnapped by Confederate Colonel Tom Rossiter. With the hungry troops and civilians surrounded in Richmond by the Union army the Colonel intends, one way or the other, to persuade Kelly to help steal the herd and move it into town. Confederate money has no appeal so the Colonel resorts to other means with unexpected results. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Carving a legend of greatness from the Blue Ridge to the Rio Grande ! See more »

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Trivia

Whilst dining in Baton Rouge, William Holden and Richard Widmark ran into Steve McQueen, who was filming Nevada Smith (1966) in the same area. McQueen and Holden wound up drinking together for the rest of the evening. See more »

Goofs

In the ambush at the bridge the union solider nearest the camera has a '66 Winchester with a wooden fore stock not a Henry as would be normal for the period. See more »

Quotes

Col. Tom Rossiter: You used to have ten fingers. Now you have nine. Tomorrow, you'll have eight. You stay stubborn, the day after that then you'll have seven. The day after that... it's up to you. You decide whether you want to end up with a pair of stumps... or lend us your talent. You decide.
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Opening credits prologue: In every war................... In every age.................... The forgotten weapon is.................... Food. For to kill, soldiers must live................... to live, they must eat.................... And a herd of cattle is as vital as a herd of cannon...................

The United States in 1864. See more »

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Alvarez Kelly
Music by Johnny Green (as John Green)
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by The Brothers Four
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It could have been a great epic.

This film starts very well showing William Holden as a man taking no part in the civil war, because he does not identify with either side. He also is better than anyone in delivering herds of cattle, being paid extremely well. Richard Widmark is a confederate officer who places his cause above everything else. The relationship between both of them could be the material for a great epic, but it finishes too soon for what it started. Another 30 minutes might have done it. There are two beauties , Janice Rule and Victoria Shaw and their brief appearance is like an appetizer for a meal that does not show up. The film is interesting and well made, but incomplete


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