Vera Cruz (1954)

Vera Cruz




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Movie Info

In this western, American gunslingers Benjamin Trane (Gary Cooper) and Joe Erin (Burt Lancaster) travel to Mexico during the 1866 revolution. Looking for work, they'll fight for whoever offers them the largest sum of money. However, when love gets in the way of their alliances, Benjamin and Joe find themselves fighting each other as members of opposing sides.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Borden Chase, Roland Kibbee, James R. Webb
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 20, 2001
United Artists


as Joe Erin

as Benjamin Trane

as Countess Marie Duvar...

as Marquis de Labordere

as Emperor Maximilian

as Gen. Aguilar

as Danette

as Pittsburgh

as Charlie

as Little Bit

as Abilene
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Critic Reviews for Vera Cruz

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Vera Cruz is one of the better Westerns that no one remembers . . . .

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Movie Metropolis

It's amazing that Aldrich found time to be simultaneously playful, thoughtful, and angry as well as compact and economical, cramming all this stuff into a fast-moving, action-packed 94 minutes.

Full Review… | June 23, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

Behind Aldrich's humoristic veneer and lush eye lurks a despairing absurdist

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

Audience Reviews for Vera Cruz


There's 3 mil in gold in the offing, travelling only a coupla miles in post-American Civil War Mexico, where many ex-soldiers now ply their trade as gun-for-hires. So it is that the Coop, former Southern man of means runs into typical carpetbaggin' Northern rogue Lancaster and uneasily team together in a play for the moolah. Do they trust each other? Okay, so what if you know that there's a gunfight waiting at the end of the piece right from the start, Aldrich throws in so many twists and turns that its well worth the ride.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Old school western that's gloriously and shamelessly politically-incorrect. Features genre giants like Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Cesar Romero, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Elam and Charles Bronson.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


Ordinary western about a whole lot of nothing enhanced by two legendary actors and a decent supporting cast doing what they can to breath life into it.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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