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Mackenna's Gold (1969)

A bandit kidnaps a Marshal who has seen a map showing a gold vein on Indian lands, but other groups are looking for it too, while the Apache try to keep the secret location undisturbed.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Heck Allen (novel) (as Will Henry), Carl Foreman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Sheriff Mackenna
Omar Sharif ... John Colorado
Telly Savalas ... Sergeant Tibbs
Camilla Sparv ... Inga Bergerman
Keenan Wynn ... Sanchez
Julie Newmar ... Hesh-Ke
Ted Cassidy ... Hachita
Lee J. Cobb ... The Editor
Raymond Massey ... The Preacher
Burgess Meredith ... The Storekeeper
Anthony Quayle ... Older Englishman
Edward G. Robinson ... Old Adams
Eli Wallach ... Ben Baker
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Prairie Dog
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Avila
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Storyline

The gangster Colorado kidnaps Marshal McKenna. He believes that McKenna has seen a map which leads to a rich vein of gold in the mountains and forces him to show him the way. But they're not the only ones who are after the gold, soon they meet a group of "honorable" citizens and the cavalry crosses their way too, and that is even before they enter Indian territory. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

Mackenna's Gold is beyond reach! Mackenna's Gold goes beyond adventure! See more »


Certificate:

M | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Glen Canyon, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Gregory Peck was unhappy with this movie, saying that "Mackenna's Gold was a terrible western. Just wretched." See more »

Goofs

During the chase toward the river, camera-vehicle tire tracks are visible in a shot of the Indians. See more »

Quotes

The Preacher: It can work for the lord as well as the devil!
Colorado: Ai chihuahua.
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Alternate Versions

The original UK theatrical release was cut for an 'A' rating in 1969 (the equivalent of today's 'PG' rating). The cuts were made to kidney blows and a man's head being bashed against a rock during the final fight scene. Subsequent released were uncut and rated '15'. See more »

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Soundtracks

Old Turkey Buzzard
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Freddy Douglass (as Freddie Douglas)
Sung by José Feliciano (as Feliciano)
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exceptionally uneven
4 March 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This movie has just about as much wrong with it as right. While the plot involving greed and a search for gold is excellent and there was a good movie underneath it all, several things help to derail the production and keep this from being a better film--despite its wonderful cast. First, the beginning and ending song by Jose Feliciano is very dated and very annoying. I hated it thoroughly. Second, a lot of really fine character actors enter the film and unfortunately, in most cases, they die so quickly and without making much of an impact on the film, it's a real waste. Third, the ending is great if you have a strong ability to suspend disbelief AND you believe in a lot of spiritual mumbo jumbo. I didn't and so I thought the ending was pretty dopey. Gregory Peck is fine in the film, as always, but I thought it very odd that they cast Omar Sharif as a Mexican and Ted Cassidy and Julie Newmar as American Indians but this is only a minor quibble.


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