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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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They tore his body. They buried his pride. But they forgot his old uniform, his Sharps rifle, and his Buffalo gun. Find Tanner, El Segundo, and the 16 others. And tell them Valdez is coming. 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Frank Silvera. 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

Frank Tanner: Any last words?
Bob Valdez: Hundred Dollars!
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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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Despite odd casting, the film worked very well
5 April 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

At the summary states, this film truly made an unusual casting decision by casting Burt Lancaster as a Hispanic man. At first, this made me groan, but after a short time I realized that he did a pretty good job with the accent and there are many light-skinned Mexicans, so it wasn't too hard to believe this. The only negative about this is that the film is in many ways about race prejudice and you wonder if maybe casting an Anglo in such a role that it might be undermining the central message. Regardless, the film is several notches above the usual Western.

It begins in the Old West with sheriff Lancaster being called in to arrest a man holed up in a shack with his odd woman. The man inside is killed by Lancaster and then it's discovered that the man was NOT the wanted man, but totally innocent. Lancaster feels bad about this and tries to take up a collection to help the lady but no one seems to care. In particular, the rich land owner who insisted the guy in the shack WAS guilty felt no compunction to help at all. This angered Lancaster, but the rich guy said that he could care less since the dead man was Black.

The rest of the film consists of Lancaster spending the rest of the movie trying to force the rich guy to contribute his share. However, the rich guy responds by having Lancaster beaten and humiliated--and in the process unleashing retribution from Lancaster, who begins killing off the land owner's posse as they chase him across the Southwest.

Despite the simplicity of the plot, the film never got dull nor did it seem overly preachy. Also, the film ended very well, though I don't want to spoil anything by saying more about it. An intelligently written script, good acting and direction make this film a winner.


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