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Vera Cruz
     

Vera Cruz

Director: Robert Aldrich, Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel

Cast: Robert Aldrich, Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel

 

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Produced by Burt Lancaster's own company, Vera Cruz teams Lancaster with the venerable Gary Cooper. The story, set during the Mexican revolution of 1866, casts Cooper and Lancaster as Ben Trane and Joe Erin, two rival soldiers of fortune who team to fight for the highest bidder. The two men come to loggerheads when Trane's sweetheart Nina (Sarita Montiel) begs

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Produced by Burt Lancaster's own company, Vera Cruz teams Lancaster with the venerable Gary Cooper. The story, set during the Mexican revolution of 1866, casts Cooper and Lancaster as Ben Trane and Joe Erin, two rival soldiers of fortune who team to fight for the highest bidder. The two men come to loggerheads when Trane's sweetheart Nina (Sarita Montiel) begs them to fight on the side of the rebels, while the wealthy Marquis de Labodere (Cesar Romero) implores them to offer their services to Emperor Maximillian. Though they still haven't taken sides, Trane and Erin agree to escort the aristocratic Countess Marie Duvarre (Danielle Darrieux) through hostile territory to Vera Cruz. It soon develops that the Countess is transporting a gold shipment to the Emperor's armies. Hardly the most patriotic of souls, she offers to split the gold with Trane and Erin, but they steal it for themselves instead. It takes a while (and several bloody armed confrontations) before the two protagonists do The Right Thing. While it's fun to watch Burt Lancaster try to upstage the taciturn Gary Cooper, the film's best line goes to supporting player Henry Brandon: impassively watching the loutish Lancaster wolf down his dinner and slop wine all over his blouse, Brandon says calmly "Be careful, senor. Some of it is getting in your mouth."

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
A vital antecedent to Sergio Leone's comically cynical spaghetti Westerns, Vera Cruz (1954) dispenses with black-and-white distinctions between good and bad and ratchets up the humor, becoming a comic yet violent epic of American bad behavior during the Mexican Revolution. Though Gary Cooper sports the lighter hat than grinning co-star Burt Lancaster, both pursue the highest paycheck and a cache of gold with an amusingly amoral fervor that stands in striking contrast to their more noble Western incarnations in High Noon (1952) and Apache (1954), respectively. Cooper's anti-imperialist conscience and Southern manners provide the few glimmers of ethics, as well as several laughs at the snobbish Mexicans' expense. While Lancaster's charisma and wit make him into an inordinately appealing outlaw, director Robert Aldrich's harshly staged battles finally reveal the cost of such systemic greed. Boasting gloriously composed, location-shot widescreen vistas as well as megastars Cooper and Lancaster, Vera Cruz overcame critical distaste for its gleeful venality to become a blockbuster hit.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2011
UPC:
0883904243113
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
17,819

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Benjamin Trane
Burt Lancaster Joe Erin
Denise Darcel Countess Marie Duvarre
Cesar Romero Marquis de Labordere
Sarita Montiel Nina
George Macready Emperor Maximilian
Ernest Borgnine Donnegan
Morris Ankrum Gen. Aguilar
Henry Brandon Danette
Jack Lambert Charlie
Jack Elam Tex
James McCallion Little Bit
James Seay Abilene
Archie Savage Ballard
Charles Horvath Reno
Juan Garcia Pedro
Charles Buchinsky Pittsburgh

Technical Credits
Robert Aldrich Director
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Alan Crosland Editor
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer,Songwriter
Harold Hecht Co-producer
James Hill Producer
Roland Kibbee Screenwriter
Burt Lancaster Co-producer
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Raúl Lavista Musical Direction/Supervision
Norma Costumes/Costume Designer
James R. Webb Screenwriter
Alfred Ybarra Production Designer

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