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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'ANOTHER 'WESTERN' CLASSIC'
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...
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars 'ANOTHER 'WESTERN' CLASSIC', 4 April 2014
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rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' (U.K) - See all my reviews
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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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30 of 34 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big heavyweight movie all round., 28 Mar. 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: El Dorado [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
Directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne & Robert Mitchum, it's safe to say that El Dorado comes with some pretty tough credentials. Thankfully the expectation that comes with such a teaming is well and truly met. The plot is a familiar one in the context of Wayne & Hawks, if you have seen Rio Bravo? And liked it? The chances are you will like this one too. Wayne is Cole Thornton, a hired gun who is asked to come on the payroll of El Dorado landowner Bart Jason {Ed Asner}, who is involved with a land struggle with the MacDonald family. But Cole finds his old friend J.P. Harrah {Mitchum} is sheriff of the town, and J.P. advises his old pal that any involvement with Jason will result in J.P. enforcing the law. As it transpires, circumstances between the MacDonald's and Cole lead to Cole taking arms against Jason and his thug followers. So the sheriff, an old Indian fighter called Bull Harris {Arthur Hunnicutt} & a young gambler-who's handy with a knife-called Alan Bourdillion 'Mississippi' Traherne {James Caan}, aim to bring down the might of Jason together.

Adapted from the book The Stars in Their Courses by Harry Brown, this was the second to last film that Howard Hawks would direct. And coming as it did in the late 60s it appears to be somewhat undervalued on the great director's CV. Probably due in no small part to the regard that Rio Bravo is held, of which this is pretty much a remake of. Yet, and I whisper it quietly, El Dorado is arguably the better film in terms of performances and the telling of Hawksian themes. Given that Wayne & Mitchum were good friends away from the screen, it's no great surprise to find the chemistry between them is top dollar. They feed of each others machismo to deliver a tough picture; yet one that's still humorous. The end result is one that manages to well portray its many theme's, such as loyalty, togetherness, forgiveness, respect and professionalism. The two principal stars are aided by both Caan and Hunnicutt who offer a notable young & old side of the mythical West, with age, and ageing, a prominent point of note played out by the knowing director.

El Dorado looks to be a film where all involved are comfortable in what they are making. Nothing feels forced or hindered by pointless filler. It's true that the film is more in favour of dialogue over bravado action; tho what action there is is adroitly handled by the old hands and the youthful Caan with his sawn off shotgun. This is a story without gimmicks, one which isn't ambling along as an excuse for a shoot out come the end. There's a lot to be said for good old fashioned story telling, and we get that here. Intelligence and sincerity throughout, and it's dam funny to boot, El Dorado is a fine movie that holds up very well in each and every decade that passes. 8/10
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13 of 15 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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6 of 7 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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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars: a charmer, 1 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: El Dorado [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
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 their land in order to get their water. Wayne plays Cole Thornton, a gun for hire, who refuses the employment of the rapacious Bart Jason (Ed Asner) to protect the family whose son he has killed. He is prompted to do it also by his old friend, now the sheriff of El Dorado, J. P. Harrah (Robert Mitchum). Thornton leaves El Dorado after being shot in the back by the sister of the young man he killed, and his wound is such that the bullet is too near his spine for the local doc to operate. He needs a real surgeon, because at unpredictable times he experiences paralysis in one arm as the embedded bullet affects him. However, before he gets to a surgeon he learns (a) that Bart Jason has hired another fast gun to intimidate the MacDonalds, and (b) that his old friend the sheriff, disappointed in love, has gone on an alcoholic bender and isn't fit to defend anybody. So Thornton heads back to El Dorado, with Mississippi, young greenhorn he has met along the way (James Caan) -- and the story of the movie is how a "greenhorn, a drunk, and a cripple" take on the bad guys.

Mitchum and Wayne are old hands at this, and their banter is predictable and yet humorous. The young James Caan plays his character slightly spacily, but he's no fool, even if he can't shoot straight -- it's a delightful performance. Charlene Holt, looking good in a corset, is Wayne's love-interest, the woman who will make him want to settle down, and Michelle Cary provides a sharp shot when it counts and catches the eye of Mississippi. Arthur Hunnicut has a nice turn as an aging deputy who still has his wits about him. Lots of banter -- and the physical comedy of getting Mitchum to sober up. There's quite a bit of killing in the old Western way -- not too much blood -- but the most violent part is Mitchum's revenge, with a butt of a rifle, on men who mocked him as a drunk -- just a few moments, but they seem to belong to a different movie. Lots of fun, then, with just enough tweaking of the genre (the partly-incapacitated heroes) to keep thing fresh. "High Noon" it ain't -- but it's very enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best westerns with The Duke.More than just a re-imagining of Rio Bravo., 21 Aug. 2013
This review is from: El Dorado [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
One of my personal favourites of John Wayne and one of the most entertaining westerns ever made.Great plot,characters,action and humour.What more could a western fan want.Despite been labelled as a re-make of Rio Bravo,the plot is completely different and actually doesn't even start to resemble the previous film until about the halfway mark.I'm in the minority but I actually prefer this much more to Rio Bravo,even though I like both.Robert Mitchum is fantastic as the tough,loyal sheriff of El Dorado,who ends up hitting rock bottom and becoming an alcoholic after a woman leaves him.It's a great performance that combines comedy,pathos and vulnerability.Wayne is clearly having a great time with him in the comedy scenes.And a young James Caan plays a young card sharp who Wayne takes under his wing because he can't shoot straight.The residents of the town are stuck in the middle of gang warfare between two rancher families and Wayne has to get Mitchum out of his sorry state to help him take on the rival gunmen.It's 2 hours long but it flies by.Another classic from Howard Hawks.
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5 of 6 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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4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining John Wayne/Howard Hawkes western, 6 July 2013
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Dr. H. A. Jones "Howard Jones" (Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: El Dorado [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
This is an entertaining but fairly predictable western directed by Howard Hawkes. Gunslinger Cole Thornton (John Wayne) rides into town to meet with rancher Bart Jason (Edward Asner). On the way he meets up with an old friend of his, J.P. Harrah (Robert Mitchum) who is now sheriff of El Dorado. Harrah tells Thornton that Jason is trying to drive another rancher, Kevin Macdonald (R.G. Armstrong), off his ranch so that he can get hold of more land. Thornton decides not to work for Jason but accidentally kills one of Macdonald's sons. In return, Macdonald's daughter, Josephine (Michele Carey), shoots Thornton and leaves him with a debilitating injury. Some months later, Thornton meets up with another man, Mississippi (James Caan), who is also intent up avenging the death of his friend. Jason has hired another gunslinger, Nelse McLeod (Christopher George), to fight his battles. There are various twists and turns in the story which goes pretty much to plan, but it's good entertainment if you like westerns.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Happy Western, 1 Mar. 2011
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P. Carter "Phil Carter" (Peterborough, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: El Dorado [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
This film is basically (as noted by other reviewers) a remake of Rio Bravo...AND Rio Lobo.For my money, it's the best of the three. From the opening, with its melodious and lifting theme song, this becomes, not an accurate Western, but a really entertaining one. Mississippi is, for me, a better 'young guy' than Ricky Nelson (in 'Bravo', although it's a toss up between Brennan and Hunnicut; mind you, Jack Elam was pretty good in 'Lobo'). This is a Wayne 'feel-good' film in the style of 'Donovan's Reef'. I'd like to have seen Ben Johnson in here somewhere, but the only role I can imagine him playing would be 'Pa' MacDonald.
Sharp-eyed viewers who read the opening credits may notice that the superb paintings were done by Olaf Weighell, he pops up in the film as 'Swede Larssen' the gunsmith who sells Mississippi his hand cannon. (Sorry! Just watched this for the 314th time (slight exaggeration) and it's Olaf Weighorst)
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