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Vera Cruz [Blu-ray]
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Gary Cooper stars as Benjamin Trane, the ex-Confederate officer who sees an opportunity to make a lot of money. He plays straight man to Burt Lancaster's Joe Erin, the amoral gunfighter who really only looks out for himself. Cooper and Lancaster are great together, with Burt stealing the show much of the time, but Cooper never lets him outshine him. Denise Darcel plays Countess Duvare while Sara Monteil plays pickpocket, Nina. Erin's gang includes Ernest Borgnine as Donegan, Charles Bronson as Pittsburgh, Jack Elam as Tex, James McCallion as Little-Bit, and Archie Savage as Ballad. The movie also stars Cesar Romero, Henry Brandon, George Macready, and Morris Ankrum. The DVD includes the widescreen presentation and a theatrical trailer. For a beautifully shot, underrated western with plenty of twists and turns and a great cast, check out Vera Cruz!
Coproduced by Burt Lancaster, VERA CRUZ gives to the actor the opportunity to present an extraordinary performance. Joe Erin is an outlaw with no morals, ready to cheat his friends. He is very fast with his gun and the two man-to-man duels of the movie are scenes worthy to stay in the annals of western movies.
Superb are also the scenes involving Burt Lancaster and Gary Cooper, specially the evening at the emperor's residence or the first encounter between both men. I still can hear Lancaster say " Guess ! " with his overwhite teeth to a Gary Cooper asking him which horse belongs to him.
All in all, VERA CRUZ is a must for any movie lover even if the DVD presentation is far from being perfect.
A DVD for your library.
Ben (Cooper) is a dignified southern gentleman treating people with respect. A perfect play on Lancaster's character.
A much overlooked movie that is worthy of a second look and belongs in any western collection.
The story is set in Mexico, following the end of the American Civil War. Two men, Joe Erin, a wanted criminal (Lancaster) and Benjamin Trane, a civil war veteran, (Cooper) decide to work for the Emperor Maximillian in a job that involves escorting a woman of the court, Countess Marie Duvarre, to the port of Vera Cruz along with other soldiers. But they are unknowingly escorting something else: A large cache of gold. Everyone involved seems to want that gold for themselves and the journey is full of double crosses and attempts at theft. Lancaster and Cooper's characters get along through most of the film, but it is clear that Joe wants all he can get (As he states, "I'm a pig"). His greediness and double crossing culminates in a climatic shoot-out.
Ben, on the other hand, is a southern gentleman. He is more to himself and is more dignified, treating people with respect by saying "sir" or "mam". Another good example is when Joe, Ben and Emperor Maximillian practice target shooting. All three have excellent aim, yet Joe shoots it seems without aiming, while Ben and the emperor take their time. Cooper's character also is not seemingly too social or outgoing and seems to take his time thinking, while Lancaster blurts things out.
If you have yet to see "Vera Cruz", you are in for a big treat at your local video store. Enjoy!
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With Burt Lancaster and Gary Cooper I would have expected a better overall film. Over all it's a good movie. The story is somewhat predictable. The action is a little light. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Ivanhoe
SUMMARY: Two 19th century "soldiers of fortune," one survivor of the Civil War with a "soft spot" for sick horses and social justice, the other a charming and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ugur Akinci
I GOT THE DVD BUT I COULDN'T VIEW IT. I TRIED ALL MY VCR BUT NONE COULD PLAY FOR ME! I AM GOING TO RETURN IT! I AM VERY UPSET!Published 4 months ago by RP Sanchez
I did see it years ago but the DVD shipped came from Belgium and would not play on USA DVD'sPublished 5 months ago by david w shannon
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