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El Dorado (1967)

John Wayne , Robert Mitchum , Howard Hawks  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (464 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan, Charlene Holt, Paul Fix
  • Directors: Howard Hawks
  • Writers: Harry Brown, Leigh Brackett
  • Producers: Howard Hawks, Paul Helmick
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2000
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (464 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305754969
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,871 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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"I'm paid to risk my neck. I'll decide where and when I'll do it. This isn't it." Now a two-disc presentation with all-new special features, this Paramount Centennial Collection edition of El Dorado delivers the goods. Legendary producer-director Howard Hawks teams up with two legendary stars, John Wayne and Robert Mitchum, in a classic Western drama. Mitchum plays to perfection an alcoholic but gutsy sheriff who relentlessly battles the "dark side" of the Wild West - ruthless cattle barons and crooked "businessmen." The Duke gives an equally adept performance as the sheriff's old friend, one who knows his way around a gunfight. Featuring a supporting cast that includes James Caan, Charlene Holt, Paul Fix, Ed Asner and Christopher George, and filled with both brawling action and unexpected humor, El Dorado is pure gold.

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93 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Personal Favorite May 8, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Director Howard Hawks and John Wayne would essentially remake the same story three times: first as RIO BRAVO in 1959, then as EL DORADO in 1967, and finally as RIO LOBO in 1970. Caught between the popularity of the first and the dismal failure of the third, EL DORADO is something of a neglected film--but for my money, it is easily the best of the three.
The story is the stuff that Western myths are made of. Aging gun-slinger John Wayne is offered a job as hired gun in a range war, but he discovers that acceptance of the job would place him on the wrong side of the law--which in this case is old friend and small town sheriff Robert Mitchum, who has made himself a laughing stock by drinking his way to the bottom of every bottle he can find. Wayne accordingly drifts into town, whips Mitchum into shape, and with the assistance of crotchety deputy Arthur Hunnicutt and youngster James Caan they set about cleaning up the town.
Although EL DORADO has a leisurely tone, but it never feels in the least slow--largely due to an unexpectedly witty script that crackles with memorable dialogue (at one point when Mitchum asks Wayne what he's looking at, Wayne responds "A tin star with a drunk pinned to it") and unexpected situations (such as Caan's unfortunate way with a shotgun.) The entire cast handles both humor and old-west action with equal skill, and both Wayne and Mitchum offer some the best work of their impressive careers here; James Caan (in his first major success), Arthur Hunnicutt, Charlene Holt, and Michele Carey are equally memorable.
There are a great many westerns more critically acclaimed than EL DORADO--RED RIVER, THE SEARCHERS, and STAGE COACH to name but a few. And I enjoy them. But EL DORADO is like meeting an old friend whose company you always enjoy. Strongly recommended.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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I want to be clear as Amazon.com is mixing reviews for all of the editions of the movie of EL DORADO on DVD. This review is for the latest (2009) 2 DVD set Centennial Collection. Being an owner of the previous releases and a huge fan of the movie (probably in the minority who favor it to Rio Bravo)as far as the movie goes it looks stunning! The picture is crisp, the contrast brilliant and the color well saturated. If I didn't know better I'd think it was a VistaVision. The Second disc has some very entertaining and educational featurettes which kept me amused for over an hour themselves. James Caan is great in the film, Mitchum is ....Mitchum ..which is superb and Ed Asner brings a gravitas to his character. Oh...John Wayne is terrific and this is just a lot of fun.

UPDATE 3/8/14 The BLU RAY is even better, goodness this film is breath taking in BR and I have to admit I've just watched it back to back. I picked up the "import" version without the extras but have the domestic one on order, I hear scuttle butt the import may have a slightly better picture in that the domestic may be a tad over processed for the super picky, I'll update after an AB test. Every frame of this film is so beautiful it could be printed and hung on a wall, and the fact that so much is shot at night enables the cinematographer (Rosson) to do beautiful work and make it look like each scene is lit with found lighting, not your TV lighting at all! For me I prefer this to Rio Bravo as I believe Mitchum clearly outclasses Dean Martin and James Caan is far superior to Ricky Nelson ...they've kept the major bonus feature from the 2 DVD set so unlike many re releases on BR we get all the goodies.. a great movie in my collection just moved from Gold to Diamond for me!!
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64 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the Duke's Best March 4, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I'm 53 years old and have loved John Wayne since first seeing him at the movies as "Hondo" as a boy. I loved Rio Bravo, but have to give the edge to this remake. As good as the original was, El Dorado is more enjoyable and convincing to me. The Duke is as good as he ever was in his usual role as the hired gun with a conscience whose reputation alone strikes fear into the hearts of the bad guys. Few western actresses could match the young Angie Dickinson in Rio Bravo, but the male supporting cast is better in El Dorado. Mitchum is excellent, young James Caan adds charm and humor and Arthur Hunnicutt nearly steals the show in the Walter Brennan role as Mitchum's loyal, but crusty deputy, Bull. For my money, Hunnicutt is one of the great homespun character actors of all time and this is certainly one of his very best performances. Most don't know his name like they do the great Walter Brennan's but he's just as good or better. A then noname Ed Asner and Christopher George (TV's The Rat Patrol) are excellent as the main bad guys. George is actually somewhat likeable as a man willing to sell his gun to the most odious of crooks, but still possessed of a sense of fair play. Jim Davis (Jock Ewing of TV's Dallas) plays one of Asner's henchmen. This is just a great cast telling a great old west story.
A recent biography of director Howard Hawks points out that Hawks badly needed a hit late in his career when El Dorado was put together. His effort is evident. Even the opening credits are great--a series of beautiful western paintings by Olaf Wieghorst, who also appears as the gunsmith, "The Swede." The title song by George Alexander is memorable as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
I guess I'm a "classic" now so I'll put 90% of "Duke's" movies in that category. Different generation of TV, with different (better - make that much better),... Read more
Published 18 hours ago by Terry57
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is a movie that I really wanted to go in my Blu-Ray collection. I think that Robert Mitchum and John Wayne both do a great job in their roles, as well as James Cann. Read more
Published 21 hours ago by Waymodu
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!
Classic western with two legends plus future stars, at the time. Highly recommend! Good story line, classic John Wayne western theme, a must see.
Published 1 day ago by Michael Prater
5.0 out of 5 stars The blu-ray looks great!
I am only reviewing the quality of the Blu-ray here. Simply put, this is the best looking version of the movie I have seen. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Garet Jax
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This is an excellent John Wayne Western. If you like John Wayne or just Westerns, this is one to watch!
Published 3 days ago by ska
2.0 out of 5 stars simplisctic and predictable plot
very trivial screen play, and directing not anywhere close to current standards. John Wayne and Robert Michum have done better
Published 4 days ago by J. Niiler
4.0 out of 5 stars Wayne fan
If you like Wayne and Mitchell you will like this movie. Good interactions between the two. Typically Wayne movie love the country
Published 6 days ago by Gj
3.0 out of 5 stars AS GOOD AS THEY COME
I RATE THIS ONE A LONG WITH RIO BRAVO,
A MUST FOR ANY COLLECTION, WITH JOHN & MITCH, TOGATHER, VERY VERY GOOD/
Published 7 days ago by jimmy j. ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
My Husband is a huge John Wayne fan and is converting his collection to blue-ray. Good clarity and price he's happy
Published 7 days ago by Charlotte M. Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars JWay is tops.
There's no bad movie with JWay in it. I always enjoy this one because the part he portrays fits him like a glove!
Published 8 days ago by Robert B Hill
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