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Release Date:
9 April 1971 (USA) See more »
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 »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Interesting social commentary by rookie director See more (53 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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 ... Beaudry
Werner Hasselmann ... Sheriff (as Werner Hassleman)
Lex Monson ... Rincon
Sylvia Poggioli ... Segundo's Girl (as Sylvia Paggioli)
José García García ... Carlos (as Jose Garcia Garcia)
María Montez ... Anita (as Maria Montez)
Juanita Penaloza ... Indian Woman
Marta Tuch ... Rosa
Juan Fernández ... Mexican Buyer (as Juan Fernandez)
Rudy Ugland ... First Tracker
Tony Epper ... Bodyguard (as Tony Eppers)
Vic Albert ... Townsman
Per Barclay ... Townsman
Allen Russell ... Townsman

James Lemp ... Point Rider
Raoul Castro ... Young Mexican
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mario Barros ... Gang Member (uncredited)

Nick Cravat ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Santiago García ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Roberta Haynes ... Polly (uncredited)
Michael Hinn ... Merchant (uncredited)
Concha Hombria ... Inez (uncredited)
Lisardo Iglesias ... Rider (uncredited)
Jefferson Kibbee ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Lincoln Kibbee ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Losada ... Tracker (uncredited)
Ian Maclean ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Tom McFadden ... Gang Member (uncredited)
José Morales ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Joaquín Parra ... Tracker (uncredited)
Santiago Santos ... Rider (uncredited)
Mario Sanz ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Lee Thaxton ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Robin Thaxton ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Julian Vidrie ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Manolin Vidrie ... Gang Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Edwin Sherin 
Writing credits
Roland Kibbee (screenplay) and
David Rayfiel (screenplay)

Elmore Leonard (novel)

Produced by
Roland Kibbee .... executive producer
Sam Manners .... associate producer
Ira Steiner .... producer
Burt Lancaster .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Charles Gross 
Cinematography by
Gábor Pogány (director of photography) (as Gabor Pogany)
Film Editing by
James T. Heckert 
George R. Rohrs  (as George Rohrs)
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Art Direction by
José María Tapiador  (as Jose Maria Tapiador)
Set Decoration by
Rafael Salazar 
Costume Design by
Lewis Brown (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
Mariano García Rey .... makeup artist (as Mariano Garcia Rey)
Alberto Gutiérrez .... makeup artist (as Alberto Gutierrez)
Antonia López .... hairdresser (as Antonia Lopez)
Production Management
Sam Manners .... production manager
José María Rodríguez .... production manager: Spanish (as Jose Maria Rodriguez)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kim Manners .... second assistant director
José María Ochoa .... first assistant director (as Joe Ochoa)
Anthony Ray .... first assistant director (as Tony Ray)
Art Department
Robert Eaton .... property master
Art Starnes .... construction coordinator
José María Alarcón .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bud Alper .... sound mixer (as H. Bud Alper)
Special Effects by
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects (as Charles Gaspar)
Lincoln Kibbee .... special effects (uncredited)
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunt coordinator (as Al Wyatt)
John Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Stephanie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom May .... chief grip
Ramiro Sabell .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Martell .... costumer
Music Department
Charles Gross .... conductor
Erma E. Levin .... music editor (as Irma Levin)
Transportation Department
Lester Salay .... transportation advisor
Miguel Ángel Bermejo .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Thom Conroy .... dialogue director
John Franco .... script supervisor
Gene Levy .... auditor
Mark Nicols .... unit publicist
Rudy Ugland .... ramrod
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"¡Que viene Valdez!" - Spain (imdb display title)
"Valdez Is Coming" - Canada (English title) (imdb display title)
"Valdez" - Canada (French title) (TV title), France
"Валдез идва" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Вальдес идет" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"El reto de Valdez" - Uruguay (original subtitled version)
"Erhetai o Valdez" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Io sono Valdez" - Italy
"Quando os Bravos se Encontram" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Sheriffen med de ni liv" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Valdez" - Sweden
"Valdez" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Valdez" - West Germany
"Valdez Is Coming" - Austria
"Valdez geliyor" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Valdez közeleg" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Valdez kommt" - West Germany (TV title)
"Valdez on tulossa!" - Finland
"Valdez soseste" - Romania (imdb display title)
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Rated PG-13 for violence, brief nudity and some language
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Australia:A (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Norway:16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (2005) | USA:PG-13 | USA:PG-13 (DVD Rating) | USA:GP (MPAA rating: certificate #22743) (original rating) | West Germany:16 (f)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Bob Valdez:You know something? I would have liked to get $100 for that Indian woman.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)See more »


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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Interesting social commentary by rookie director, 9 August 2006
Author: wamba7 from United States

The opening scene begins like a Sunday picnic/Turkey shoot: well-dressed couples in period costumes milling around, young boys plunking away with their new rifles. It takes a minute or so to realize that this is stand-off with a man sealed inside a log cabin. A few racial epithets later and we realize the man is (a) black and (b) possibly innocent of the crime he is accused of.

Director Edwin Scherin lucked into a fine script co-authored by Elmore Leonard, one of the pioneers among popular writers to take up the subject of racism in best-selling detective and action novels. He uses Burt Lancaster, the title character, judiciously at first, having him enter inconspicuously and a little awkwardly, like a man who knows he is out of place. But soon Lancaster assumes control of the deadlocked situation, and but for the interference of a trigger-happy shooter (Richard Jordan), almost manages to end it peacefully.

This scene sets off the plot events that follow, as Valdez tries to obtain money to compensate the man's Native American widow. Most of the action - except for the bizarre humiliation of Valdez at the hands of a wealthy gun-runner - follows standard formulas, but Lancaster underplays his role so well that the clichés turn to his and the movie's advantage. Add solid supporting roles by John Cypher, Susan Clark, and an offbeat ending, and you have a surprisingly engaging Western that delivers what we expect and then some.

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