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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 June 1967 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Eldorado See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,653,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,971,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The original script for the movie was originally much darker, but Howard Hawks felt he didn't do downbeat too well, and decided on a re-write. Several dramatic key elements remained however, which were Cole's on and off paralysis, and the shooting and subsequent suicide of the teenager. See more »

Goofs

When Joey shoots Cole he is quartering towards her. The camera angle is from where Joey is positioned. Later when the Dr. is discussing Cole's wound the path of the bullet entered in Cole's back, impossible from where Joey was positioned. See more »

Quotes

Bull Harris: [about Cole and Mississippi going on patrol] If you're gonna do that, here's a couple of badges.
[gives them to Cole and Mississippi]
Bull Harris: Now, raise your right hand.
[they do as told]
Bull Harris: I forgot the words, but you better say 'I do'!
ColeMississippi: I do!
Bull Harris: Now you're deputies!
Mississippi: You suppose these will do any good if somebody takes a shot at us?
Bull Harris: Give them a good mark to shoot at.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Something to Do with Death (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

El Dorado
Lyric by John Gabriel
Music by Nelson Riddle
Sung by George Alexander
Accompanied by The Mellomen (as the Mellomen)
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Entertaining and well-made western
15 January 2014 | by pruthvishrathodSee all my reviews

An enjoyable film. It bears some striking similarities with another Howard Hawks-John Wayne western, Rio Bravo. The story is about reunion of two old friends - a sheriff and a gunfighter who helps a rancher family to fight its rival. Plot is not any unique but the fine screenplay and balanced characters makes it worthy. The chief attraction of the film remains the presence of Wayne and Mitchum. John Wayne was in his usual best. No comment about him is required when it comes a western. At first, I found Robert Mitchum out of shape but later he made sense as an alcoholic sheriff. His character gives some good laughs. Apart from that I found many characters closely resembling the ones in Rio Bravo.

Anyway, movie maintains its own identity somehow with a fine antagonist. It has a few beautiful songs and gunfights are also good. It is a well-made and entertaining western overall.


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