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July 3, 2016
Pretty much a straight up adaptation of the book, but watching Burt Lancaster play a Latino is somewhat unsettling.
½ June 16, 2016
Not morally complex enough, not abundant enough in action and its characters not well rounded enough. 'Valdez' feels every bit the exercise in Western box ticking it so obviously is, and a clear sign of why the genre was dying out in the 70s-
½ November 9, 2015
A decent revenge western.
April 11, 2014
One of the great forgotten westerns with an ending that other films can only dream of getting away with. Perhaps,and arguably, the best Burt Lancaster film.
September 1, 2013
Pretty stock standard revenge movie - not bad, but not great either. Lancaster's good, but doesn't really have too much acting to do - it's mostly shooting & hiding! Pretty funny that it's all over $100! Plenty of classic Western cliches - the hiding in the canyons, the shooting from a huge distance, the damsel in distress and some huge mo's - and an OK score, but it's too short - about 85min - and you don't care too much about the characters.
August 6, 2013
Directed by Edwin Sherin (TV's Law & Order) and adapted from Elmore Leonard's 1970 novel of the same name. This had potential to be a good revisionist western, but it turns out being dull and lifeless, which is a shame given the pedigree of the cast, and the best-seller it's adapted from. It's just another western made in Spain, and there were loads of them made around that time, this just has no personality at all. Mexican-American town constable Bob Valdez (Burt Lancaster) is tricked into killing an innocent man by evil rancher Frank Tanner (Jon Cypher), but Valdez wants to get his own back against Tanner, but Tanner sends his men to torture Valdez, by tying him to a wooden cross and have him walk through the desert. But, he breaks free and walks to the ranch of his friend Diego (Frank Silvera), who helps Valdez recuperate. He plans a revenge, but kidnapping Tanner's woman Gay Erin (Susan Clark) whose husband was inadvertently murdered by Valdez. Also kidnapped by Valdez is Tanner's hired gun hired gun R.L. Davis (Richard Jordan), but Tanner sends a posse out to stop Valdez. It has a good plot, but non of it seems to gel on screen which is a great shame, as it has so much potential. Lancaster, usually full of charisma and gravitas, seems bored and brooding throughout the film, this is one Leonard book in need of a new film adaptation.
February 10, 2013
Great film... left me guessing at the end.
August 27, 2012
A personal revenge that carries suspense, drive and grim realism--Ravioli Western!!
½ February 26, 2012
Enjoyable revenge Western with a good performance by Burt Lancaster.
½ October 25, 2011
Don't mess with Valdez! Burt Lancaster does a great job as a man trying to do what he believes is the right thing and Jon Cypher plays his nemesis very well. A western in the Clint Eastwood tradition. Written by Elmore Leonard you can see the ruthlessness and caring on both sides. Each man is stubborn and it's not just the $100, it's the principle of the thing!
May 19, 2011
He's only trying to help a poor widow that lost her husband

Bob Valdez is a town sheriff that has been sent to the house of a man accused of murder. Shortly after arriving with a group of men to help him in his effort, the man is shot dead. Valdez quickly identifies the man as innocent and returns to the accuser's house to obtain money to help the widow of the wrongfully killed. The man refuses to help the widow. Valdez will stop at nothing to obtain the money the widow is rightfully owed.

"I hope he puts a round in you, you rotten son of a pig."

Edwin Sherin, director of My Old Man's Place, delivers Valdez is coming in his directorial debut. The storyline for this picture is fascinating and unique to the genre. The script is marvelous and the subplots are well delivered. The action scenes are just okay and the cinematography is mediocre. The cast delivers solid performances and includes Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Frank Silvera, and Jon Cypher.

"I didn't like you trying to hit me with that scatter gun."

Valdez is Coming is a movie I came across while flicking through the channels on Encore Western. The premise for this movie was very interesting. I loved the main character and his commitment to his mission. I wish the movie was delivered in a more consistent manner. Overall, this movie is definitely worth your time if you're a fan of westerns.

"You are a bitch."

Grade: C+
½ November 17, 2010
Burt played a great mexican, for wayyy back then AND some great shots, like the one towards the end where we are looking at a great view then we are looking down the end of a rifle aimed at Valdez. AND yes he got his hundy bucks! Awesome.
September 2, 2010
It's an average western in almost everyway. Yet this film can be very powerful. Great scenes of Lancaster walking with the cross on his back and gunning down his chasers. Good revenge western that correctly deals with respect and doing what's right.
June 9, 2010
Another great movie of Burt Lancaster. Valdez is Coming it does have a great plot of the story. Now the ending end up what do you think happen just left off scene. Did the guy pay Valdez or he reach to his pistol and draw???? Well I will watch this movie again I like western movies. Burt Lancaster great role. This what think about the movie.
½ July 29, 2009
Tough little Hollywood approximation of a spaghetti western based on an Elmore Leonard story. A must see for western and Lancaster fans.
June 4, 2009
An enjoyable western which has a good moral story to it! There is also some very good acting from its main stars. There is not that much action in this, but there is a bit. It is also bit slow for the first half hour or so but then the pace shoots right up!

Surprisingly Burt Lancaster is perfect as 'Valdez'. Even more surprisingly he manages to play a very convincing Mexican, even his accent is quite good. Jon Cypher plays an excellent villain so good that you actually end up really hating him.

The ending of the film is something that you will either love or hate and I cannot decide whether I like it or not. It's very unusual and unexpected. Its very anti-climatic but it leaves it up the audience to decide what happens.

Overall a good western with a good story. It lacks a lot of action but has a good pace, and has a great acting from its cast and has an interesting ending.
May 26, 2009
wow umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch...its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie...i think that jon cypher, richard jordan, susan clark, burt lancaster, hector elizondo, frank silvera play good roles/parts throughout this movie...i think that the director of this action/adventure/drama/western movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie its a good western movie...i think that the fight scenes n the gun shoot outs were pretty kewl throughout this movie its a good movie 2 watch with a good cast throughout this movie
November 19, 2008
This is a well done movie. It is a good western, with a one stands against many motif.
September 10, 2008
A good morality tale - faux spaghetti western. Burt Lancaster is a suprisingly good Mexican. Some of the imagry is a little heavy handed but it's a good movie.
August 11, 2008
Before he started writing hip urban crime dramas, Elmore Leonard wrote western novels that were very gritty and often dealt with the theme of racism. Burt Lancaster is a somewhat unlikely Mexican-American deputy-constable who takes on John Cypher and his gang of pistoleros. Cypher is a racist (most of his hired guns are Mexicans whome he feels superior to) and he underestimates the easy-going Bob Valdez who was once in the U.S. Army and "hunted" Apaches until "he learned not to." Worth watching.
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