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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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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

Although the novel title and hero shared the same spelling of the name "Mackenna", and the title, according to the studio, is "Mackenna's Gold", Gregory Peck's character is listed in publicity materials as "MacKenna". See more »

Goofs

The cloud formation while jumping the earthquake chasm. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Escape to Athena: Cast and Crew Interviews (1978) See more »

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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Spectacular Western with stellar cast and breathtaking outdoors
31 December 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is one of the major movies of 1969 . It is a marvelously rambling frontier fable packed with extraordinary incidents, amazing encounters , nasty characters and virtuous rewards . It follows a sheriff (Gregory Peck) and a group of ambitious men (formed by all star cast : Omar Shariff , Elli Wallach, Lee J. Cobb, Edward G. Robinson, Raymond Massey, Keenan Wynn and many others) in search for gold in a big lost canyon and being pursued by soldiers(Telly Savalas) and Indians.

This is an overwhelming Matinée Western plenty of intrigue, double-crosses, gold-lust clichés, adventures and action-packed especially in its final part ; ending in an abrupt, ironic denouement. The film is an exciting story though disjointed and with numerous loose ends ; it is originally written by Carl Foreman and based on the novel by Will Henry. Some ridiculous especial effects such as the bridge scenes at the beginning and abundant matte paintings. Furthermore, contains excessive use of absurd transparency. Packs a colorful and glimmer cinematography in Panavision , shot at Monument Valley from Arizona and Utah. Moving and stirring musical score by Quincy Jones with today classic songs by Jose Feliciano. The film is lavishly produced by Carl Foreman who formerly produced some excellent movies . The motion picture is regularly directed by J.L. Thompson (1914-2002) during his splendorous and successful time in the 60s, when he directed ¨Cape fear¨, ¨Taras Bulba¨ and ¨Guns of Navarone¨; though in his last period he only directed Charles Bronson vehicles, such as ¨Death wish 4¨, ¨Kinjite¨, ¨St. Ives¨,¨Messenger of Death¨, among others. This delicious embarrassing movie will appeal to Gregory Peck devotees. Rating : 6'5 , acceptable and passable.


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