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They Came to Cordura (1959)





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Gary Cooper stars in one of his final roles in They Came To Cordura, Robert Rossen's moody study of the thin dividing line between heroism and cowardice. Cooper plays Major Thomas Thorn, a U.S. Army officer in the expedition into Mexico against Pancho Villa. Because he hesitated during a moment of decision in a battle, he has been labeled a coward. His commanding officer, Colonel Rogers (Robert Keith), orders Thorn to recommend five men for nomination for the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery in the battle against Villa. Angered that Thorn did not nominate him for the Medal of Honor, Rogers charges Thorn with transporting the men through a broiling and dangerous desert to the rear area of Cordura. They begin the trek accompanied by Adelaide Geary (Rita Hayworth), the daughter of a dishonored U.S. Senator, who is accused of treason since she owned the hacienda where Villa's men stayed. As they travel across the desert expanse, Thorn ponders why these men are considered heroes while he is labeled a coward. As their journey continues, the heroes turn into a mutinous rabble, with Thorn reduced to holding the group at bay with a loaded gun.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ivan Moffat, Robert Rossen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 27, 2004
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Gary Cooper
as Major Thomas Thorn
Rita Hayworth
as Adelaide Geary
Van Heflin
as Sgt. John Chawk
Tab Hunter
as Lt. William Fowler
Richard Conte
as Cpl. Milo Trubee
Michael Callan
as Pvt. Andrew Hetherin...
Dick York
as Pvt. Renziehausen
Robert Keith
as Col. Rogers
Jim Bannon
as Capt. Raltz
James Bannon
as Capt. Paltz
Edward Platt
as Col. DeRose
Maurice Jara
as Mexican Federale
Sam Buffington
as Correspondent
Arthur Hanson
as Correspondent
Wendell Hoyt
as Cavalry Soldier
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Critic Reviews for They Came to Cordura

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 18, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

So-so Gary Cooper quasi-western; very talky, very lumbering.

June 13, 2008

Far from Coop's best, but his presence makes it worthwhile for fans.

September 17, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

June 26, 2005

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for They Came to Cordura


Interesting idea and well acted by all, especially Heflin. Drug some in the middle. Hayworth still hot as fire.

Scott Corley

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