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In this one, John Wayne is a hired gun, deputized at the last act of the film.
There's a "cavalry-trilogy", and a "sheriff-trilogy". Rio Bravo('59); El Dorado('66); and Rio Lobo('70) are Howard Hawk's latter.
John Wayne's character is---pretty much---the same, as are the drunk [sheriff this time] and singing sidekick nicknamed after a state.
In both movies, "The Duke" helps an old, drunken deputy/sheriff friend, and an older comic-relief, deputy, sidekick, keep a bad guy in jail.
Drunken sheriff: Robert Mitchum (El Dorado) has a slight edge over Dean Martin's (Rio Bravo).
Sidekick: James Caan's "Mississippi" (in El Dorado) is more likable than the Ricky Nelson (Rio Bravo) "Colorado".
Crusty OLD deputy: Walter Brennan (Rio Bravo) towers over---though good---Arthur Hunnicutt (El Dorado).
Ladyfriend: Angie Dickinson (Rio Bravo) wins over whatever the other actress's name was in the other flick.
Prisoner: Ed Asner over Claude Aikens... but just because Ed plays it like "Mister Grant" on THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW.
Get 'em all: RIO BRAVO; EL DORADO; and RIO LOBO. All widescreen, but the last two are 5.1 Surround Sound to boot!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon February 23, 2013
El Dorado (1967) is an unabashed remake of the 1959 film Rio Bravo. Both films are directed by Howard Hawkes, and I have to wonder what his motivations are for directing two movies that are almost identical replicas of each other? Hawkes did not change too much in the remake, so perhaps based on the success of Rio Bravo, Hawkes just wanted another successful payday. In any event, both movies were successful, and it is still debated to this day which is the better movie. Rio Bravo has Wayne as Sheriff (J.T. Chance) with drunken deputy Dean Martin, crusty old deputy Walter Brennan, and handsome singing sensation Ricky Nelson as Colorado (a hired gunslinger). El Dorado has Wayne as a hired gun helping a drunken sheriff, (Robert Mitchum), a crusty old deputy in Arthur Hunnicutt, and handsome youngster in James Caan (as Mississippi). The plots are almost exactly the same. The sheriff decides to hold up inside the jail house with his prisoner and wait for help from the federal marshal. There is the same joke about the drunk taking a bath (Martin and Mitchum), and there is the 'let's take a turn around the town" sequence where an exciting gunfight breaks out. Both films have a bar scene where the drunken lawman has to redeem himself. Both films also conclude with a final climatic gunfight. In Rio Bravo, Angie Dickenson is cast as the sexy female lead, and in El Dorado, Charlene Holt gets the role. Both films had the same screenwriter as well.

The movie rating site, Rotten Tomatoes, gives El Dorado 7.9 stars and Rio Bravo 8.2 stars. Both films are truly enjoyable, and both have their share of excitement and laughs. Rio Bravo has a more laid back feel to it, where El Dorado seems the more driven film. The bottom line is that both films are rated high by the audience in terms of enjoyment.

Any fan of Wayne will want to see both films. If I had to pick my favorite, it would certainly be a toss-up, both are about equal on my scale. Both have action and laughs, and make for a fun experience for all.

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on December 10, 2014
John Wayne is classic Americana. He set the bar for American westerns early on, which of laid the trail for other greats such a Clint Eastwood, Sam Elliot, etc. And for me personally one of the all time great classics of John Wayne is El Dorado. This movie is just perfection. John Wayne and Robert Mitchum are magic on the screen, a perfect pairing of ornery, cantankerous, mean as snake gunslingers who fight, drink and badger each other to point of hilarity, yet sticking by each other's side as they fight some of the toughest gunfighters who are trying to rob honest settlers of their livelihood.

Ed Asner plays a great role in this film as the dishonest land baron who is hiring gun hands to kill off his competition and steal lands that others have worked hard to get. John Wayne is offered the job and finds out that the only thing standing between Asner and what he wants is a sheriff who used to be a great gunfighter but is now a town drunk (Robert Mitchum) and John Wayne's former riding partner. Wayne goes back to find out the truth and along the way picks up James Caan, a young man with a mission to kill the men who murdered his mentor Johnny Diamond. Caan's character, Mississippi, is deadly with a knife, but cant' shoot worth a darn, so Wayne gets him a double barrel sawed off shotgun, and the stage is set. As Wayne nurses his old partner Mitchum back to health, there is so many fabulous lines and great gun fights that this movie is just as good as it gets for pure fun. I have watched it over and over again and love it. This is an absolute must if someone wants to see one of the truly classic John Wayne westerns.
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on January 12, 2015
A classic, watchable late-'60's Duke Wayne western, directed by Howard Hawks and made enjoyable by a familiar theme (it's essentially a remake of Hawk's 1959 "Rio Bravo") and cast -- Robert Mitchum, James Caan, Arthur Hunnicutt, Christopher George, and Edward Asner.

Instead of the town sheriff he played in "Rio Bravo," this time The Duke is a roving, aging gunfighter at first contracted (until he learns his true intentions and backs out) by an evil businessman (Asner) to help him clear out a family of ranchers who are blocking his land-grabbing aspirations. Mitchum plays the town sheriff, a formidable old friend of The Duke's who has taken to drink and gone to seed (like Dean Martin's character in "Rio Bravo") over a woman, James Caan plays a young man The Duke meets on the trail, coaches in the ways of survival in the West, and follows him back to Mitchum's town to help out, Hunnicutt fills in the Walter Brennan part from "Rio Bravo" as Mitchum's jailhouse deputy, and George is a sinister but affable professional gunfighter Asner hires to take The Duke's place.

A very enjoyable and utterly predictable John Wayne film, one of his last, best westerns, with a great supporting cast. Maybe not as iconic in the Wayne canon of westerns as "Rio Bravo," but fun nonetheless.
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on April 22, 2014
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. The colors are sharp and the background detail is great. There are a few issues that I assume are flaws in the source material. This is one of my favorite John Wayne movies, and it has never looked better.
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on October 21, 2014
This movie is a classic John Wayne Western, and just the right mix of action, drama, and humor. Add in Robert Mitchum and James Caan, and you simply can't go wrong. Of the trio of Howard Hawkes "High Noon" remakes (Rio Bravo, El Dorado, and Rio Lobo), this one is my favorite. It retains the classic good guy vs bad guy plot and humor of Rio Bravo, the characters are a little better developed. I found it easier to identify with James Caan's Mississippi (who can't shoot) than Ricky Nelson's Colorado Ryan, for instance. And, the rescue mission aspect of El Dorado was a bit more developed and interesting to me than Rio Bravo's simple wait for the bad guys (a la High Noon).

For Parents:
1) This is a classic western shoot-em-up, and there is going to be violence. If you don't want to expose your kids to ANY type of violence, don't let them watch it. Otherwise, the values behind the violence are non-objectionable. The violence is essentially forced upon the good guys by the bad guys. And, the good guys only use violence to defend themselves and others from those bad guys. There are no gratuitous scenes of gore death. The killing is pretty clean.
2) There is little sex in this movie to worry about. The most risque thing was a scene where Charlene Holt's Maudie doesn't worry that John Wayne's Cole can see her night things, but then quickly closes her robe when she realizes Mississippi can see as well. I suppose some might find the wrestling match between Mississippi and Michelle Carey's Joey a bit off-color, but I think that is quite a stretch, really.
3) There is one scene where James Caan pretends to be Asian. Though the scene's point was not to make fun of Asian stereotypes, I can see how some might find it offensive, so just be aware.
4) Robert Mitchum's J P Harrah is a drunk for part of the movie, yet not apparently alcoholic, as he can go back to more restrained drinking once the fight is over. This isn't all that realistic, and you might want to explain addiction to your kids after they see this one.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon January 6, 2017
The movie itself gets 5-Stars. It's basically Rio Bravo with a slightly different story. It's still really good and entertaining. I'd give Rio Bravo only a slight recommendation over this. El Dorado has some editing flaws both with sound and picture. At one point, Duke is mid sentence in a bar scene when the scene cuts away. There's also another instance where James Caan dives under some horses and the editing was like that of a silent film. It was pretty ugly.
As for the Blu-Ray, WOW! I've gotten about 24 John Wayne movies since deciding that I wanted to start a collection back in 2009. Half of them are on Blu-Ray and look great for the most part. For whatever reason, I was blown away by how beautiful the picture looked for El Dorado. I mean they really cleaned it up and the color just jumps out of the screen. It's as if you're watching the movie on set. The extras are okay but of course I want as much info as I can get about Duke.
I still love this movie and it's one of my favorites in the collection.
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on April 2, 2013
Legendary gunslinger Cole Thornton (John Wayne) is back in the town of El Dorado, called in by shady rancher Bart Jason (Ed Asner) to settle a few things with the McDonald family. Thornton’s old friend, sheriff J.P. Harrah (Robert Mitchum) stops to pay his old buddy a visit, informing him that the whole arrangement isn’t kosher, and that it would inevitably pit them against each other. Wisely, Thornton passes the job, but still manages to receive a crippling, wounded by a headstrong member of the McDonald family (played the beautiful Michele Carey) in the process.
Some months later, Thornton meets up with a young greenhorn called Mississippi (James Caan) who is out to settle a debt with a scar-faced scoundrel by the name of McLeod. Smoothing things out as best he can before the shit really hits the fan, Thornton learns that McLeod has filled the post he himself left behind. Worse still, our aging hero discovers that his old pal Harrah has since become an inveterate alcoholic, and that he would be no match against McLeod and his men. And so, Thornton and Mississippi head back to El Dorado to sober Harrah up (leading to one of the funniest moments in film) and to take on the bad guys. Arthur Hunnicutt turns in a memorable performance as Harrah’s ornery horn-tooting deputy Bull and Charlene Holt is on hand as the platonic love interest for both of the old cowboys.
Say hello to a brilliant breakout performance by young James Caan as Alan Bourdillion “Mississippi” Traherne, and the great Christopher George as the sinister McLeod.
  The new High-Def 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation has never looked better, with very little debris to distract the viewer whatsoever and a color schematic that is well-balanced.
As I watch Wayne, Mitchum, Caan, and Hunnicutt now sneaking down the dark city streets, I can’t help but say to myself, “Yes, this is good. Damn good.”
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on March 4, 2015
Another classic Western from John Wayne! This time he is joined by Robert Mitchum as a sheriff who after being unceremoniously dumped by a woman has become and alcoholic and incapable of doing his job. Due to his incapacitation he has not been able to stop a wealthy rancher from changing the map to suit his needs. To back this crooked rancher, a group of well known gunfighters has been hired as his ranch hands. To make matters worse the wealthy rancher treats the sheriff with contempt. The leader of this gang who works for the wealthy rancher has a reputation of being as good or better than Wayne and he itches for a showdown. The sheriff together with his deputy and Wayne force the rancher and his hands into a cantina where there is a showdown. Look for a future star in the cast.
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on April 5, 2013
This is the second of a trilogy of Westerns starring John Wayne and directed by Howard Hawks. The other two are "Rio Bravo" made in 1959 and "Rio Lobo" filmed in 1970. This is the best one of the three - my opinion of course - but they are all very good. This is also one of Wayne's best performances in a formula Western...in fact formula Westerns don't get much better than this one. All three Westerns in the aforementioned trilogy have similarities and this one has so many similarities to "Rio Bravo" that it's virtually a remake. But it is the differences between the two that make El Dorado a better movie than Rio Bravo. Each film features a drunken sheriff, but Robert Mitchum's performance is much better and more convincing than Dean Martin's in "Rio Bravo". Likewise James Caan (playing a similar role) is by far a better actor than Rick Nelson in "Rio Bravo"....Nelson got the role more for his ability to draw teens to the theatre than for any acting ability. Only the sidekick character, Walter Brennan as Stumpy in "Rio Bravo" gets the nod over Arthur Hunnicutt as Bull...but not by much. In the female lead, Angie Dickenson and Charlene Holt are toss-ups. But make no mistake, Wayne is the star, dominating the screen time and appearing in virtually every scene. If you've seen and liked the other two films in this trilogy, you will love this one. Likewise, if you're a John Wayne fan, youll want to see it too and probably add it to your library...this is Wayne at his best! My highest recommendation.
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