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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.

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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John Wayne is the gunfighter, Robert Mitchum is the Sheriff in a story of the elements. Wind, Earth, Sky, Loyalty, Redemption, Man, Woman, Gunfire! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The rifle, that Bull (Arthur Hunnicutt) uses, is an 1855 Colt Revolving rifle. See more »

Goofs

At the cantina, Mississippi kills a man by pulling and throwing a large knife that he has concealed behind his back, perhaps below the back of his neck under the shirt. But just a moment before this, we clearly saw the back of Mississippi as he entered the cantina, and there was no visible sign of such a large knife being carried behind his back - either on or underneath his rather snug-fitting shirt. See more »

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Cole: Next time you shoot somebody, don't go near 'em till you're sure they're dead!
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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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Hotel Piano No. 1
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The big one with The Duke and The Look--Wayne and Mitchum together
10 January 1999 | by Mickey-2See all my reviews

"El Dorado" pairs up two great movie stars in their element-the western. This was the first time John Wayne and Robert Mitchum had co-starred in a western, and the result was good, solid western entertainment. One wishes it could have happened again.

The Duke plays Cole Thorton, a gunman, who has been hired by a land baron in Texas to assist in taking over some much-needed water land, and, if necessary, put an end to interference that the sheriff, played by Mitchum, would offer. Unbeknownst to the land baron, Thorton and J.P.Harrah are friends from the war, and Thorton decides to ride away from the job.

A few months later, Thorton returns to El Dorado to warn Harrah that a new threat will be coming to the town, and he finds that the sheriff has become the town drunk, due to a fouled-up romance. Thorton now has to help J. P. get his skill back, prevent the range war from busting out, while keeping a young sidekick, Mississippi, played by James Caan, alive and healthy. There is also a good performance turned in by Arthur Hunnicutt, as Bull, J.P.'s deputy who stands by the sheriff, even in times of drunken sprees.

There are some similar elements to other Wayne films, notably "Rio Bravo" and "Rio Lobo", but the chance to watch two big stars work off each other, makes this one easy to take.


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