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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.

Director:

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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Trivia

Filmed in 1969. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, when Valdez is riding hidden between two horses, a wire is visible holding the horses' bridles together, so that they won't separate during Lancaster's close-up. See more »

Quotes

El Segundo: [after capturing Valdez] Like tobacco?
Bob Valdez: [quietly] No.
El Segundo: [after pausing and nervously clearing his throat] Tell me something... Who are you?
Bob Valdez: I told you once before - Bob Valdez.
El Segundo: [referring to Valdez's earlier marksmanship against his men] You know something, Bob Valdez, you hit one, I think, 700-800 yards.
Bob Valdez: [with certitude] Closer to a thousand.
El Segundo: What was it? Sharps?
Bob Valdez: [nods] My own load.
El Segundo: You ever hunt buffalo?
Bob Valdez: Apache.
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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 Vintage Video: When Time Ran Out... (1980) (2020) See more »

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Overlooked Gem of a good western.
12 February 2018 | by gkhegeSee all my reviews

Burt Lancaster is terrific in this well directed movie.Even with his pale blue eyes, he comes across as a believable character of the results a mixed relationship. Even though the storyline is typical of the era, wrong being righted against over powering odds, Lancaster pulls it off in believable fashion. The movie gets better and better as I age into an old man. With all the computer generated garbage being put in theaters today, it's good to be able to turn on the western channel and see some real acting again.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 April 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$62,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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