John Wayne ■ Robert Mitchum
Hired gunman Cole Thornton turns down a job with Bart Jason as it would mean having to fight an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Harrah. Some months later he finds out the lawman is on the bottle and a top gunfighter is heading his way to help Jason.
Together with young Mississippi, handy with a knife and now armed with a diabolical shotgun, and Bull, an old Indian fighter with a bugle, they help rancher Kevin MacDonald and his family fight Bart Jason.
El Dorado is my favorite John Wayne movie! It was also my introduction to Robert Mitchum.
This was one of the few movies that I watched knowing nothing about it beforehand, except that it had John Wayne in it, and came away at the end of the movie thinking "I liked that movie. I really liked that movie." My parents were out of town the first time I watched it, as (teenage) fans of both westerns and John Wayne my brother and I watched it together, when my parents came home I was quite excited to have them watch it. Now it is one of the movies we reach for first when we are under the weather or just want to watch a familiar favorite.
In some ways I suppose El Dorado IS a remake of Rio Bravo but to me the storyline is different enough that I can enjoy both movies individually.
Two of the things I enjoy the most about this movie are both in the opening credits; the gorgeous paintings by one of the actors (plays The Swede), and the wonderful theme song for this film.
One thing to note is that one of my favorite poems is a recurring theme and by the end of the movie the entire poem has been quoted. This poem is called El Dorado, and, would you believe it, is written by Edgar Allan Poe!
Fans of Westerns, of John Wayne, of Robert Mitchum, or of all three can't miss when choosing to watch El Dorado. You will finish the movie and find yourself quoting favorite lines and scenes.
Note: This is a Western so there is violence that might be a little disturbing to young children, most kids see worse every day in their favorite shows. There is also one scene where Maudie isn't exactly dressed to receive company.
John Wayne...Cole Thornton
Robert Mitchum...El Dorado Sheriff J.P. Harrah
Paul Fix...Dr. Miller
Michele Carey...Josephine (Joey) MacDonald
R.G. Armstrong...Kevin MacDonald
Edward Asner...Bart Jason
Christopher George...Nelse McLeod
Kanab, Utah, USA
Old Tucson, Tucson, Arizona, (studio)
Tucson, Arizona, USA
Sheriff J. P. Harrah: What the hell are you doin' here?
Cole: I'm lookin' at a tin star with a... drunk pinned on it.
Cole: Next time you shoot somebody, don't go near 'em till you're... sure they're dead!
Mississippi: Always liked that poem too. Makes me wanna...
Cole: Ride, boldly ride? Well it don't work out that way.
Mississippi: I'm learnin' that.
Sheriff J. P. Harrah: [bathing in the jail cell as several people enter] Good morning, good morning, good morning... I'd have more privacy in the El Paso railroad station.
Bull Harris: ...might have anyhow if I wasn't tryin' to figure out what that fella's got on his head.
Mississippi: It called a hat.
Bull Harris: Well, I'll have to take your word for it.
Cole: Now just a minute, son.
Mississippi: I... AM NOT... YOUR SON. My name is Alan Bourdillion Traherne.
Cole: ...Lord Almighty...
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