Vera Cruz


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.

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Gary Cooper
as Benjamin Trane
Denise Darcel
as Countess Marie Duvarre
Cesar Romero
as Marquis de Labordere
George Macready
as Emperor Maximilian
Morris Ankrum
as Gen. Aguilar
Charles Bronson
as Pittsburgh
Jack Lambert
as Charlie
James McCallion
as Little Bit
James Seay
as Abilene
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Critic Reviews for Vera Cruz

All Critics (12)

Played out as a seat-of-the-pants con game of shifting alliances and double crosses, it's a cheerfully ruthless tale that served as a veritable blueprint for the mercenary brand of Italian spaghetti westerns of the 1960s.

Nov 11, 2018 | Full Review…

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

May 4, 2012 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 23, 2011 | Full Review…

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

Sep 25, 2009 | Full Review…

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

Jun 18, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

Oct 14, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

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

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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

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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

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Western Classic and one of the movies that established Burt Lancaster's Blendax grin. Him and Cary Cooper are meeting in Mexico during the revolution, trying to make their ways as guns for hire (along with Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson and Jack Elam). During their job of protecting a carriage there is a lot of double-crossing and surprisingly many amoral characters, with Cooper of course being the one with the heart of gold under the rough skin. The interaction between the two main characters, friends and foes against all odds, is what carries this film, despite of a rather low number of real action scenes. This is old-fashioned Western movie making, for fans of the genre, and yet the film avoids most stereotypes and uses a rather unique setting.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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