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Vera Cruz (1954)




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In this western, American gunslingers Benjamin Trane and Joe Erin 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.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Western
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United Artists

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Burt Lancaster
as Joe Erin
Gary Cooper
as Benjamin Trane
Denise Darcel
as Countess Marie Duvarre
Ernest Borgnine
as Donnegan
Cesar Romero
as Marquis de Labordere
George Macready
as Emperor Maximilian
Morris Ankrum
as Gen. Aguilar
Henry Brandon
as Danette
Charles Bronson
as Pittsburgh
Jack Lambert
as Charlie
James McCallion
as Little Bit
James Seay
as Abilene
Archie Savage
as Ballard
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Critic Reviews for Vera Cruz

All Critics (11)

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

If you like your westerns with a salsa topping, this one should be spicy enough.

Full Review… | June 18, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Rousing western set South of Border with Cooper and Lancaster in blazing style.

October 14, 2005

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
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
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
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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