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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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on 22 March 2002
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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on 4 April 2000
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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on 18 November 2015
For me this is one of John Wayne's best western (Along with The Searches, Rio Brave), yes it was basically a remake of Rio Bravo but whereas in Rio Bravo, as great as that was also, the end is weak for me with the "badies" shuffled of to be arrested. In El Dorado they are all satisfyingly killed in the final shootout.Also there is the humour of Wayne and Mitchum going to the final shootout on crutches. Ok Mitchem as the alcoholic Sherriff is not as convincing as Dean Martin in Bravo (Mitchem had only been drinking for 2 months as opposed to Martin for 2 years in Bravo) but still overall I found it a more satisfying version of an almost identical story.
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on 28 November 2006
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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on 1 October 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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on 8 February 2015
It's a great film. Mitchum has a fun in his role and is spot on with Wayne being Wayne throughout and working well with Mitchum. Caan does a good job cutting himself a slice alongside these 2 screen stealer titans. BEWARE: Amazon Instant Video version has an Asian language subtitle that you cannot remove.
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on 21 February 2014
This blu ray transfer has an average of 39.5 mbs throughout the whole movie one of the best picture and sound I have in my collection. We all know it is a virtual remake of Rio Bravo. WHO CARES THIS IS A TREAT FOR ALL BLU RAY AND WESTERN FANS MY ADVICE IS BUY IT NOW.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 March 2011
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 joyously fun. The end result is a pic that manages to deftly portray many themes, 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; though 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 damn 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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on 20 September 2012
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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