Vera Cruz (1954)
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as Joe Erin
as Benjamin Trane
as Countess Marie Duvarre
as Marquis de Labordere
as Emperor Maximilian
as Gen. Aguilar
as Little Bit
Critic Reviews for Vera Cruz
Vera Cruz is one of the better Westerns that no one remembers . . . .
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.
Behind Aldrich's humoristic veneer and lush eye lurks a despairing absurdist
If you like your westerns with a salsa topping, this one should be spicy enough.
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.
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.
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.
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