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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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  (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" - West Germany
"Valdez" - Sweden
"Valdez" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"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?

Filmed in 1969.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
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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52 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Ravioli Western, 4 February 2003
Author: rrichr from Berkeley CA

When something works well it often becomes the vernacular of its particular field of endeavor. Today, many guitarists sound something like Jimi Hendrix, possibly without even being aware of it. But when Hendrix burst onto the '60s pop music scene, nobody even remotely resembled him, stylistically or otherwise. When Sergio Leone's Fistful of Dollars was released, with its uncompromisingly vivid characterizations, sparse, almost symbolic backdrops, and evocative, minimalist scores, the Western was changed forever. Clint Eastwood certainly portrayed the brutal, enigmatic hero as well as it could be done but the purity of Leone's form could probably have carried almost any actor with a similar type of charisma through the story. In Valdez is Coming, adapted from the co-titled Elmore Leonard novel, Leone's moralistically stark paradigm acquires a conscience and characters that, while as vividly drawn as the Master's, are discernibly more real.

Burt Lancaster, one of the cinema's truly great stars, stoically embodies Bob Valdez, a former cavalry scout of Mexican descent and veteran of the Apache wars. Valdez is going quietly to seed as a part-time town constable and shotgun guard for the local stagecoach line. But when he encounters the vicious, offhand injustice meted out by racist rancher and gunrunner, Frank Tanner (Jon Cypher in his big-screen debut, later to play the goofy Marine General in the TV series, Major Dad), Valdez is transformed into a golem of precise ferocity. Nothing clever or arcane about the plot, it's about payback stretched out across a Leoneian landscape (like the Leone classics it too was filmed in Spain). What you see is exactly what you get and the film moves right along while Valdez elegantly works his way through Tanner's men as they pursue him and Tanner's woman, whom Valdez has taken hostage literally from Tanner's arms. Watching, as Tanner realizes that, by crossing Valdez, he has begun to chew considerably more than he may be able to swallow, is Tanner's very competent Mexican ramrod, El Segundo (the late Barton Heyman in another debut role). Segundo, an unflinching pragmatist capable of killing without batting an eye, but still no stranger to honor, is torn between keeping a straight face as Tanner wades in deeper and deeper and hunting down Valdez, who is methodically taking out Segundo's best men as the pursuit progresses.

The relationship between Segundo and Tanner is one of the film's most interesting aspects. While not rendered in great detail, it is still a good study in the nature of power. Unfortunately, some nimnul editor removed from the VHS issue a few lines of dialog between the two that comprised, arguably, the most pivotal moment in the entire film. Fortunately, I remember it from the film's original screening. Segundo has entered Tanner's parlor to inform him that a certain Bob Valdez desires an audience (to convince Tanner to contribute to the welfare of a widow whose husband's death, at Constable Valdez' hands, was the result of Tanner's bigotry). Tanner turns to Segundo and smirks, `I don't know any BOBE Valdez', mocking Segundo's densely-accented English. For just an instant, just a blink, Segundo considers putting a .44 pill in Tanner and high-tailing it back to Mexico. Then he lets it go. Tanner is currently where the money is; perhaps another time. And there, the dark heart of the film is displayed. Its racist engine is never completely cloaked but it never steps forward into such clarity as it does in that deleted scene. When Segundo and Valdez come face to face in the final sequence, their terse interchange; a dialog between two very capable men, is memorable.

The principal supporting cast turns in solid work that enhances the overall effort. Richard Jordan (yet another debut) began his noteworthy career as a character actor in this film, with his role as the slightly unhinged R.L. Davis, a sharpshooting wannnabe whose barely flickering conscience just manages to save his life. If the stately, vanilla, Canadian actress Susan Clark was never your pint of Molson's, see her as Tanner's mistress-with-a-secret before rendering final judgment. Hector Elizondo, whom many may remember as the hotel manager in Pretty Woman, is completely diametric here in a brief role as one of Tanner's hired guns who receives a hard lesson in alternative shotgun technology.

Valdez is Coming is not Red River, or Shane, but it is a rock solid, and engrossing 70's Western that should absolutely have a place in the collection of any fan of the genre. Compact, well-acted, believably plotted, and equipped with a spare and interesting music track that actually augments the drama instead of drowning it, the film stays firmly within its envelope and delivers. With a stellar personality like Burt Lancaster effortlessly carrying the weight, things are pretty much all good. In the film Ulzana's Raid, released a year later, Lancaster reprised the Valdez type in the role of the not-yet-retired Army scout, McIntosh. Although not as coherent as Valdez is Coming, Ulzana's Raid is still a good watch, largely due to its interesting characters, including the great Mexican star Jorge Luke as an Apache scout who rides with McIntosh.

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