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Mackenna's Gold (1969)

A bandit kidnaps a Marshal who has seen a map showing a gold vein on Indian lands, but other groups are looking for it too, while the Apache try to keep the secret location undisturbed.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Heck Allen (novel) (as Will Henry), Carl Foreman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Sheriff Mackenna
Omar Sharif ... John Colorado
Telly Savalas ... Sergeant Tibbs
Camilla Sparv ... Inga Bergerman
Keenan Wynn ... Sanchez
Julie Newmar ... Hesh-Ke
Ted Cassidy ... Hachita
Lee J. Cobb ... The Editor
Raymond Massey ... The Preacher
Burgess Meredith ... The Storekeeper
Anthony Quayle ... Older Englishman
Edward G. Robinson ... Old Adams
Eli Wallach ... Ben Baker
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Prairie Dog
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Avila
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Storyline

The gangster Colorado kidnaps Marshal McKenna. He believes that McKenna has seen a map which leads to a rich vein of gold in the mountains and forces him to show him the way. But they're not the only ones who're after the gold; soon they meet a group of "honorable" citizens and the cavalry crosses their way too - and that is even before they enter Indian territory. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El oro de Mackenna See more »

Filming Locations:

Glen Canyon, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the swimming scene at the pool Julie Newmar's character was supposed to be topless with a loincloth. In an interview Ms. Newmar stated that at the last minute she decided to do the scene nude and no-one, especially the male actors and crew, argued with her about the decision. See more »

Goofs

The movie begins with a song about a "Turkey Buzzard" during a montage of "vultures" flying over the desert. None of the birds shot are Turkey Vultures. Some of the birds are not even vultures. Despite common use in popular culture, the vulture family are not buzzards.Hawks are buzzards, members of the buteo family. Buteo means buzzard. See more »

Quotes

The Preacher: It can work for the lord as well as the devil!
Colorado: Ai chihuahua.
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Alternate Versions

The original UK theatrical release was cut for an 'A' rating in 1969 (the equivalent of today's 'PG' rating). The cuts were made to kidney blows and a man's head being bashed against a rock during the final fight scene. Subsequent released were uncut and rated '15'. See more »

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Featured in Reel Injun (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Turkey Buzzard
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Freddy Douglass (as Freddie Douglas)
Sung by José Feliciano (as Feliciano)
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The map was on his mind.
12 June 2003 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

1969 was a very good year for westerns (The Wild Bunch, True Grit), so this film went by without being noticed, but every second of it is enjoyable. Gregory Peck is great as always, Omar Sharif as Colorado does surprisingly well, also Julie Newmar as the Indian girl, Edward G. Robinson as Adams, Telly Savalas as an army officer. No doubt this was a precursor to Raiders of the Lost Ark. It is also very similar in certain scenes to the 1949 western "Lust For Gold". Seeing it today in DVD with widescreen is quite an experience, because of the beautiful way the scenery is shown (it looks like Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon put together with a bit of fantasy) also the unusual places the camera is placed, like at certain moments you are following the feet of the horses, or in other scenes you feel the camera is riding the horse.


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