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El Condor (1970)

The El Condor, the fabled Mexican stronghold rumoured to contain Emperor Maximilian's mythical reserves in gold, will attract two adventurous fortune seekers, who with eyes gleaming with desire, will shortly know that only fools rush in.

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John Guillermin

Writers:

Larry Cohen (screenplay), Steven W. Carabatsos (screenplay) (as Steven Carabatsos) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Brown ... Luke
Lee Van Cleef ... Jaroo
Patrick O'Neal ... Chavez
Marianna Hill ... Claudine (as Mariana Hill)
Iron Eyes Cody ... Santana
Imogen Hassall ... Dolores
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Old Convict (as Elisha Cook)
Gustavo Rojo ... Colonel Anguinaldo
Florencio Amarilla Florencio Amarilla ... Aguila
Julio Peña ... General Hernandez
Ángel del Pozo ... Lieutenant (as Angel Del Pozo)
Patricio Santiago Patricio Santiago ... Julio
John Clark John Clark ... Prison Guard Captain
Raúl Mendoza Castro Raúl Mendoza Castro ... Indian (as Raul Mendoza Castro)
Rafael Albaicín Rafael Albaicín ... Officer (as Rafael Albaicin)
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Storyline

Luke, an escaped convict, and Jaroo, a loner gold prospector, team up with a band of Apache Indians in 19th century Mexico to capture a large, heavily armed fortress for the millions -- or billions -- of dollars in gold that are rumored to be stored within. Written by Brian C. Madsen <bcmmovies@earthlink.net>

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The fortress that must be taken! See more »


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

6 September 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El condor See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Carthay Continental See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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This was known in pre- production as " The Black One Hundred ". See more »

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Luke: I don't want any holes in those uniforms!
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A pair of drifters in search for millions of dollars in gold buried under an impregnable fort
30 September 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Two men, a two-fisted Jim Brown as escaped prisoner and an humorous Lee Van Cleef as ambitious drifter, join forces to rob a lot of gold located into an impressive Mexican fortress (commanded by Patrick O'Neal) where is supposedly hidden the treasure. They're accompanied by an Indian tribe (led by Iron Eyes Cody, usual in Indian roles but he's Italian origin).

It packs shootouts, action western, tongue in cheek, thrills, violence and some of nudism in charge of a gorgeous Marianna Hill . This American-Spanish co-production paints an ironic, cynic portrayal of two rough bandits , following their exploits about an attack over an heavily armed fortress . The film results to be another action/adventure /humor Western that during the 60s and early 70s were ordinarily shot . Likable support cast by prestigious actors as Elisha Cook Jr and full of secondaries from Spaghetti Western as Dan Van Husen, Ricardo Palacios, Angel Del Pozo, Charly Bravo, Rafael Albaicin, among others . The film is well shot in Texas Hollywood-Fort Bravo, Almeria, Spain with a breathtaking production design by Julio Molina who made the great fortress , one of the best ever created and where were posteriorly filmed several Spaghetti as ¨ Blind man, Massacre at Fort Holman, A man called Noon¨ and ¨Conan the Barbarian¨. Nevertheless, today the fort has been partially crumbled and only remain some ruins . Atmospheric and lively musical score by the classic Maurice Jarre (Zivago, Lawrence of Arab ). Evocative and colorful cinematography by Henry Persin . The motion picture is lavishly produced by Andre De Toth ( who directed good Western) and professionally directed by John Guillermin, a super-productions expert ( King Kong, The towering inferno, Skyjacked) and warlike specialist(The bridge of Remagen, Blue Max) . Rating : Acceptable and passable. The picture will appeal to S.W. buffs and Lee Van Cleef fans.


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