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El Condor

Overview

Jim Brown and Lee Van Cleef team up for this western set on the Mexican border. Brown is Luke, who escapes from a chain gang after learning that a fortune in gold is hidden in the Mexican fortress of El Condor. He joins up with the snake-eyed crook Jaroo Lee Van Cleef and together they round up a tribe of Apaches, headed by Santana Iron Eyes Cody, to attack the fort -- convincing the Indian renegades that the fort houses food and guns greatly needed by the Apaches. During their first crack at taking the fort, ...
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Overview

Jim Brown and Lee Van Cleef team up for this western set on the Mexican border. Brown is Luke, who escapes from a chain gang after learning that a fortune in gold is hidden in the Mexican fortress of El Condor. He joins up with the snake-eyed crook Jaroo Lee Van Cleef and together they round up a tribe of Apaches, headed by Santana Iron Eyes Cody, to attack the fort -- convincing the Indian renegades that the fort houses food and guns greatly needed by the Apaches. During their first crack at taking the fort, Luke and Jaroo are captured by the fort's commandant, Chavez Patrick O'Neal. Claudine Marianna Hall, the wife of the commandant, falls in love with Luke and she aids them in their escape from the fort. Later on, she is instrumental in getting Luke and Jaroo's band into the fort -- diverting the gaze of the fort's defenders by disrobing in front of a well-lit bedroom window. Chavez escapes, but Santana is shot by Jaroo after discovering that Jaroo deceived him. With Santana shot, the Apaches leave the fort, carrying the food and ammunition. Now the only ones left to defend the defenseless fort are Luke, Claudine, and Jaroo.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Produced by Hungarian André de Toth, El Condor belongs to that oddity of the very early '70s: a Hollywood Western imitating an Italian Western imitating a Hollywood Western. The death in the late '50s of the American B-Western genre had basically forced European filmmakers to produce their own variation of the one true American film genre. Hence the birth of the German "Potato Westerns" starring the likes of Lex Baker, and, by the late '60s, the emergence of the so-called spaghetti Westerns, filmed by mostly Italian directors in Spain. More adult, in execution if not in themes, than their Hollywood counterparts, the Italian sagebrush tales enjoyed a startling popularity in the U.S., especially among the drive-in trade. Covering all bases, El Condor even spoke to the ever increasing African-American audience that also attended the so-called blaxploitation-thrillers by starring former football hero Jim Brown, and, typical for the times, Brown's ethnicity is never even referred to. Lee Van Cleef gets to play a variation on the old comic sidekick and Mariana Hill takes off her clothes amidst the general carnage. But when all is said and done, El Condor remains ersatz spaghetti Western, whose Mexican locations are no more authentic-looking than the usual spaghetti Western vistas filmed on the island of Mallorca.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2009
  • UPC: 883316125571
  • Original Release: 1970
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / B&W
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 38,631

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Florencio Amarilla Aguila
Per Barclay Convict
Carlos Bravo Bandit
Jim Brown Luke
Elisha Cook Jr. Old Convict
Angel del Pozo Lieutenant
Marianna Hill Claudine
Iron Eyes Cody Santana
Peter Lenahan
Patrick O'Neal Chavez
Ricardo Palacios Chief Mexican Bandit
Julio Pena Gen. Hernandez
Gustavo Rojo Col. Aguinaldo
George Ross Guard for Convicts
Patricio Santiago Julio
Charles Stalnaker
Lee Van Cleef Jaroo
Dan van Husen Bandit
Rafael Albaicin Officer
Raul Castro Indian
Imogen Hassall Dolores
John Clark Prison Guard Captain
Technical Credits
John Guillermin Director
Steven Carabatsos Screenwriter
Larry Cohen Screenwriter
André De Toth Producer
Walter A. Hannemann Editor
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Julio Molina Juanes Art Director
Julio Molina Art Director
Henri Persin Cinematographer
Jack Slade Editor
Tony Tarruella Asst. Director
Russell Vreeland Asst. Director
William H. Ziegler Editor
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