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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly warming escapism from Wayne and Mitchum at their best
This is an unashamed remake of Rio Bravo that really does came off. For me, El Dorado, Rio Bravo and The Searchers all have at least this in common. When you've finished watching them you feel highly rewarded, but can't necessarily identify why. In El Dorado John Wayne's interaction comes over much stronger with Bob Mitchum than it did with Dean Martin in Rio Bravo. In...
Published on 22 Mar 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars: a charmer
It's a buddy-movie really, in Western disguise, and like all good comedies, the tone tells you that all will be well. The only dark moment is the shooting by John Wayne's character, early in the movie and almost accidentally, of a young man from a family, the MacDonalds, with whom he forms an alliance in a range war against another family that is trying to run them off...
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly warming escapism from Wayne and Mitchum at their best, 22 Mar 2002
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This review is from: El Dorado [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
This is an unashamed remake of Rio Bravo that really does came off. For me, El Dorado, Rio Bravo and The Searchers all have at least this in common. When you've finished watching them you feel highly rewarded, but can't necessarily identify why. In El Dorado John Wayne's interaction comes over much stronger with Bob Mitchum than it did with Dean Martin in Rio Bravo. In part it may have been the scripts, but here we have some really strong performances. Unfortunately for James Caan, Wayne and Mitchum both have such tremendous screen presence that he is really up against it. Nevertheless he produces a character that is strong, essential, and entertaining, even though at times you do feel that it's only because Duke Wayne was feeling deposed towards letting him have the space necessary to make it happen. Mitchum on the other hand creates his own space whether Wayne likes it or not. Quite definitely a film for the private collection to be pulled out when you're feeling down and want a pick-me-up. Best viewed after dark with a glass of wine.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Entertaining Western, 28 Nov 2006
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Peter Kenney (Birmingham, Alabama, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: El Dorado [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
EL DORADO has a lot of good elements such as an interesting story, gripping suspense and above all, excellent acting. Besides John Wayne in the role of a professional gunfighter and Robert Mitchum as the sheriff of El Dorado, the film has a strong supporting cast which includes James Caan, Charlene Holt, Paul Fix, Arthur Hunnicutt, Michele Carey and John Mitchum. The latter is the younger brother of Robert Mitchum. In this movie John playa a bartender. He has more than 200 movie and TV appearances to his credit as well as stints as a singer and song writer.

Robert Mitchum can play a drunk trying to cope with a hangover as well as anybody in movie. Howard Hawkes is best remembered for his direction of SERGEANT YORK.

I always thought thought that EL DORADO deserved a high rating even though it failed to receive any Oscar nominations in 1967. The Academy Award competition in that year was dominated by BONNIE AND CLYDE, THE GRADUATE and IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely enjoyable and funny with some cracking action, 4 April 2000
This review is from: El Dorado [VHS] [1967] (VHS Tape)
This is an extremely enjoyable and funny film - hilarious in parts - with some great oneliners and a couple of running jokes involving Caan. All the main characters spark well off each other...Wayne, Mitchum, Hunnicut and Caan (who does well to hold his own as a relative newcomer on the same set as Wayne and Mitchum) are all on excellent form with Mitchum in particular, looking as if he was made for the part. Works for me everytime....great fun!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars El Dorado Blu ray, 1 Oct 2013
Enough has already been written about the film, basically a remake of Hawks' Rio Bravo with a slightly tighter script and better supporting actors (well maybe Walter Brennan was better than Arthur Hunnicut but no comparison between Mitchum/Caan and Martin/Nelson) - suffice it to say that this is a classic western for any lover of the genre - the question is whether it's worth up-grading to the Blu Ray. Well, I'm pleased to report that the picture quality is superb and the new 5.1 audio really makes the film come alive.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'ANOTHER 'WESTERN' CLASSIC', 4 April 2014
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Released for the first time on the 'Blu-ray' format this 'Howard Hawks' offering see's
'Cole Thornton' (John Wayne) rides into 'El-Dorado' he's been offered a job by the
local land-baron 'Bart Jason'.....'Cole' is a Gunman of some repute.
In town he comes across the Sheriff, alcoholic 'J.P.Harrah' (Robert Mitchum) who he
used to ride with, 'J.P. tells 'Cole' a very different version of why his gun is required
by 'Jason'
'Cole' is convinced by his old pal to ride out to 'Jason's' ranch and withdraw his services.
Returning to 'El Dorado' 'Cole' has a run in with the 'Macdonald's' which results in him
shooting the youngest son, then being wounded himself at the hands of 'Joey Macdonald'
'Cole' decides to move on, ending up in a boarder town where he comes to the aid of
'Mississippi' (James Caan) and comes face to face with 'Nelse Mcleod' and his side-kicks,
'Cole' learns that they arei heading to 'El Dorado' as 'guns' for 'Jason' (The job 'Cole' had
turned down)
Well, 'Cole' decides his place is back in 'El Dorado' supporting his friend 'J.P' he is joined
by the Knife-Throwing 'Mississippi' (who can't use a gun....yet)
A range war is brewing back in 'El Dorado' ...'Bart Jason' plans to run the 'Macdonald's' off
their land, getting rid of the alcoholic Sheriff is also on his mind.
'Cole' will need 'J.P' sober for the challenge ahead.
Some great gun-play a little brawling and plenty of humour leading up to the climax.
Great performances from 'Robert Mitchum' and the usual 'cool' performance from the 'Duke'
Well worth viewing on the Blu-ray format....A decent HD upgrade.
Extra's -
* Commentary by 'Peter Bogdanovich'
* Commentary by film historian and critic 'Richard Schickel' and author 'Todd McCarthy'
* Ride, Boldly ride:-The journey to El Dorado.
* The artist and the American west.
* Behind the gates: 'A.C.Lyles' remembers 'John Wayne'
Currently available to order on Amazon direct from the U.S. (again, good news for those
interested buying this 'Classic -Western' the film is 'Multi-Region'
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars new 2 disc centennial collection edition., 4 July 2009
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the other reviewers have told you about the movie,so i will let you know about the new extras.Disc one has 2 commentary tracks one by filmmaker peter bogdanovich,who was a friend of director howard hawks,and the other by critic richard schickel featuring cast member ed asner and author todd mcCarthy.I have not had a chance to listen to them yet.Disc 2 has a 40 min documentary ,"ride boldly ride:the journey to el dorado",which loosely covers the making of the movie and is quite entertaining,also on disc 2 is a 5 min vintage featurette on the artist who painted the opening sequences ,and another 5 min featurette with producer a.c.lyles remembering john wayne.All in all a good package.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must, 12 April 2013
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Mehaudy S. Roberto (Buenos Aires, Argentina) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: El Dorado [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
One of my favourite western movies featuring two of my favourite American stars: Wayne and Mitchum. What a couple! I enjoy watching it more and more every time. What else is to be said?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile remake of Rio Bravo, 20 Sep 2012
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F. J. Dukes "Broadmayne" (Hampshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: El Dorado [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
John Wayne and Howard Hawks must have enjoyed remaking Rio Bravo with different actors. It was great to see Robert Mitchum with Wayne in this but Dean Martin was equally impressive in the earlier film. If anything is really missing from El Dorado it is Angie Dickinson; her "replacement" in El Dorado does not generate the same feelings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM ALL MY FAVOUTITE ACTORS, 13 April 2014
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This review is from: El Dorado [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
I love westerns and I love the era that these came from whats not to love action,honour respect and fun
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific western, 27 Feb 2014
This review is from: El Dorado [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
Almost a remake of Rio Brava. Hawks, Wayne & Mitchum pretty much at their best. Fast, funny & moving in parts.
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