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El Dorado (1967)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Western | 12 June 1967 (Denmark)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cole Thornton
... El Dorado Sheriff J.P. Harrah
... Mississippi
... Maudie
... Dr. Miller
... Bull
... Josephine (Joey) MacDonald
... Kevin MacDonald
... Bart Jason
... Nelse McLeod
... Maria
... Milt
... Pedro
... Luke MacDonald
... Saul MacDonald
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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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They were friends. They were enemies. A passerby could not tell which was who. This was the seething sultry Old Southwest. Where loyalties and labels shifted with the sands, the winking of an eye, the wavering of a gun! See more »

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Drama | Romance | Western

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12 June 1967 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Eldorado  »

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Budget:

$4,653,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,971,000
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Harry Brown wanted his novel, "The Stars in their Courses", removed from the opening credits, because the film bore little resemblance to his book. See more »

Goofs

The film is set a few years after the American Civil War. Several characters, including Thornton and Harrah, use Winchester rifle models that were not introduced until 1892. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff J. P. Harrah: [massaging his chin] Did we have a... fight... or somethin'?
Cole: [massaging his right hand and nodding] Or somethin'.
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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 Something to Do with Death (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
(uncredited)
By Michael William Balfe
[From 'The Bohemian Girl'. Played on the saloon piano]
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Entertaining and well-made western
15 January 2014 | by See 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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