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El Dorado (1967)

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Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.

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Howard Hawks

Writers:

Leigh Brackett (screenplay), Harry Brown (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Cole Thornton
Robert Mitchum ... El Dorado Sheriff J.P. Harrah
James Caan ... Mississippi
Charlene Holt ... Maudie
Paul Fix ... Dr. Miller
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Bull
Michele Carey ... Josephine (Joey) MacDonald
R.G. Armstrong ... Kevin MacDonald
Edward Asner ... Bart Jason
Christopher George ... Nelse McLeod
Marina Ghane ... Maria
Robert Donner ... Milt
John Gabriel ... Pedro
Johnny Crawford ... Luke MacDonald
Robert Rothwell ... Saul MacDonald
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Storyline

Hired gunman Cole Thornton turns down a job with Bart Jason as it would mean having to fight an old sheriff friend. Some months later he finds out the lawman is on the bottle and a top gunfighter is heading his way to help Jason. Along with young Mississippi, handy with a knife and now armed with a diabolical shotgun, Cole returns to help. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Range War! A lawless time when no man dares turn his back... even to a friend! See more »

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Drama | Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 June 1967 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

El Dorado See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,653,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

When the film was finally released in the summer of 1967, it was widely panned as old-fashioned. Some critics suggested it could have been made in the 1940s. See more »

Goofs

At the end when Wayne and Mitchum are walking together, Wayne is using the crutch in step with his injured leg while Mitchum is not. Regardless of all the crutch issues with this film, this final scene shows that Mitchum simply doesn't care which leg is injured and Howard Hawks let him get away with it. See more »

Quotes

Cole: [after the gunfight in the church] Where'd you come from?
Bull Harris: I heard a noise!
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Crazy Credits

Possibly due to their fame, the closing cast list does not bill John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. See more »

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Referenced in Ghosts of Mars (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

El Dorado
Lyric by John Gabriel
Music by Nelson Riddle
Sung by George Alexander
Accompanied by The Mellowmen Quartet (as the Mellomen)
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A pleasure through and through
3 April 1999 | by bwaynefSee all my reviews

The credits claim that Leigh Brackett's screenplay for 1967's "El Dorado" is based on a novel, "The Stars in Their Courses" by Harry Brown. The on-screen evidence indicates it was based on Brackett's own script for 1959's "Rio Bravo," in which John Wayne is a gunfighter joined by his buddy, a drunken sheriff, in guarding a town against a corrupt cattle baron. They are joined by a callow but dangerous youth, and a curmudgeonly deputy. In "Rio Bravo," these roles were admirably filled by Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, and Walter Brennan. In "El Dorado," the Duke once again takes on the gunfighter role, but is joined this time by Robert Mitchum, James Caan, and Arthur Hunnicutt. Nothing wrong with that lineup, even though Caan can't sing like Ricky (Mitchum could probably do a fair imitation of ol' Dino, though). Like "Rio Bravo," this one is directed by Howard Hawks who liked to steal from his own movies. Several scenes in "El Dorado" are nearly exact duplicates of moments from "Rio Bravo" (Mitchum blasts holes into a piano when he suspects that the pianist's off-key playing denotes fear of the killer hidden behind it, whereas Martin found his prey in a saloon balcony after spotting blood dripping into a shot glass).

"El Dorado" is faster paced than the first film, but then it has a shorter running time. It's a pleasure through and through, but "Rio Bravo" is superior. In the latter film, you almost feel that you're holed up with the Duke, Dino, Ricky, and Walter, rather than just watching them.


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