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Valdez Is Coming (1971)

PG-13 | | Western | 9 April 1971 (USA)
A Mexican-American sheriff must resort to violence against a powerful rancher in order to get just compensation for the pregnant Indian widow of a wrongly killed black man.

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Edwin Sherin

Writers:

Roland Kibbee (screenplay), David Rayfiel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Valdez
Susan Clark ... Gay Erin
Frank Silvera ... Diego
Jon Cypher ... Frank Tanner
Richard Jordan ... R. L. Davis
Barton Heyman ... El Segundo
Hector Elizondo ... Mexican Rider
Phil Brown ... Malson
Ralph Brown Ralph Brown ... Beaudry
Werner Hasselmann ... Sheriff (as Werner Hassleman)
Lex Monson Lex Monson ... Rincon
Sylvia Poggioli Sylvia Poggioli ... Segundo's Girl (as Sylvia Paggioli)
José García García José García García ... Carlos (as Jose Garcia Garcia)
María Montez María Montez ... Anita (as Maria Montez)
Juanita Penaloza Juanita Penaloza ... Indian Woman
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Storyline

The town constable, Bob Valdez, is forced to kill someone accused by Frank Tanner of being a murderer. Valdez asks Tanner for monetary help for the man's wife, but he is ridiculed and almost killed by Tanner's henchmen. Valdez recovers and summons up his days in the U.S. Cavalry in order to fight them. Valdez wounds one of the henchmen and sends him back to Tanner with the message, "Valdez is coming." Written by Robbie Burns <burnodo@usit.net>

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Honor is Always Worth Fighting For. See more »

Genres:

Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, brief nudity and some language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 April 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Valdez See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When MGM producer Ira Steiner took Elmore Leonard's novel to Lancaster, the actor agreed to co-produce and co-star as Tanner with Marlon Brando as Valdez, David Rayfiel as writer, and Sidney Pollak directing. After the picture was postponed to allow Lancaster to do "Airport," the actor decided he wanted to play the title role and engaged Roland Kibbee to rewrite the role for him. According to Lancaster's biographer Gary Fishgall, none of Rayfiel's writing was used although he received co-credit. See more »

Goofs

In the picture of Valdez, taken when he was an Army Scout, he had Sergeant stripes on his shirt. Later, when he wore the shirt, there were no stripes. See more »

Quotes

Bob Valdez: Tell him: Valdez is coming.
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Alternate Versions

The UK DVD has at least one horse tripping edited. Towards the end Valdez and the lady ride at each other, the horses clashing and falling. This scene is missing in the UK version, you see them riding towards each other and suddenly they are down on the ground, rising up. The German version is uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) See more »

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A personal revenge that carries suspense, drive and grim realism…
19 November 2007 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Valdez is more a symbol of conscience!

Burt Lancaster—at that time 57 years old—in fact dominates the film by a mystic presence, rather than actually being on screen for any length of time…

The bulk of the film constitutes a battle of wits and guns between Valdez and an extremely stubborn leader of a band of trigger-happy gun-slingers…

So when Frank Tanner (John Cypher) provokes a shoot-out which results in the death of an innocent man, Valdez asks $100 compensation from Tanner to provide financial support for his pregnant widow… Tanner not only refuses, but humiliates Valdez and orders his hired gunmen to beat him hardly, to tie him to a cross, and to drive him out of his place…

Again Spain locations represented the American frontier for this revenge tale about an aging former cavalry man who dusts off his old uniform, straps on his old guns, takes plenty of ammunition, and erupt a one-man army against a greedy, rotten, evil rancher and his henchmen to enforce justice at any cost…

As the pursuers forge deeper into the wilderness, the situation shifts around with hunters becoming the hunted…

Susan Clark (Gay) sides with Valdez without falling in love with him, while Barton Heyman (playing the chief henchman "El Segundo") provides his character with warmth and quality at a pivotal time…


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