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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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Novice director Ed Sherin, who had guided "The Great White Hope" to stage success, was Lancaster's surprise choice to direct "Valdez Is Coming." Ironically the film version of "The Great White Hope" directed by Martin Ritt was filmed in Spain at the same time "Valdez" was filming. 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

Frank Tanner: I treat you all right, don't I?
Gay Erin: Sometimes you're human - sometimes.
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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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great performance by Lancaster, keen portrayal of West
4 June 2001 | by wardsecret77See all my reviews

This is a fantastic movie, driven primarily by Lancaster's embodiment of the character of Valdez - a town constable who kills an innocent man in self-defense, only to then become the subject of constant abuse by the slain's pursuer. Valdez's vengeful reactions to this abuse, the episodic pacing, and the great supporting actors make this a real cinematic treat. Lancaster's treatment of voice and body language show he is an actor of extreme talent. Of further interest is the landscape of Spain, which makes up the film's authentic exteriors.


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