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Great Fun Western
- William Siems
Previous review mentioned that "El Dorado" was made too soon after "Rio Bravo", western movies with similar plots starring John Wayne, with each movie having a great-looking 'femme fatale', a drunken sheriff, a young hero helping the good guys, and the good guys winning over evil land barons. "El Dorado" was made in 1967 and "Rio Bravo" was made in 1955, so 12 years apart wasn't too bad. The country was very different when comparing the two years. I've seen each movie 25 times if I've seen them once, and just watched "El Dorado" again tonight on Sundance Network. Both movies are great fun and entertainingly suspenseful. Rarely is a western movie made today as good as these, with the recent exception of the remake of "The Magnificent Seven", which was excellent.
- kevin sellers
The teaming of Mitchum and Wayne is interesting, to say of the teaming of The Duke and Sonny Corleone, but wasn't it a bit too soon to be remaking a previous film, especially if the remake falls far short of the original? (Talking, of course, about this film's being a xerox copy of the much better "Rio Bravo," made just eight years before.) Screenwriter Leigh Brackett tried to warn director Howard Hawks of the obvious artistic flaccidity of the whole thing, but like most directors Hawks just bulled on ahead. It worked, though. Made money, and the critics were fooled. Rotten tomatoes gives it 100%. I give it a C plus. P.S. Favorite scene is when Caan recites Poe's eponymous poem to Wayne as they're riding on the trail.
Hail Howard Hawks!
- Will Fox
As any serious scholar or student of the studio system in Hollywood's heyday knows, Howard Hawks is in the top 3, of the most successful directors. Intelligent people worldwide are still fascinated by John Ford's westerns. Alfred Hitchcock's suspense-filled mysteries intrigue five-generations of the intelligencia. Rivaling these two aces, is the ace of aces among world-class film directors, Howard Hawks. He created more 4-star films (the highest of ratings among most critics) in many more genres than any other director in the history of film. Howard Hawks is famous as a movie-making maverick with a distinctive talent for creating sassy female characters that enchant male bosses. Please consider his hits: "A Girl in Every Port" (1928), "The Dawn Patrol" (1930), "The Crowd Roars" and "Scarface" (1932), "20th Century," "Barbary Coast," "Bringing Up Baby," "Only Angels Have Wings," "His Girl Friday," "Sergeant York," "Ball of Fire," "Corvette K -255,", "To Have And Have Not," "The Big Sleep" (1946), "Red River" (1948), "A Star Is Born," "I Was A Male War Bride," "The Thing From Another World," "The Big Sky," "Monkey Business," "Gentle Prefer Blondes," "Rio Bravo" (1959), "Hatari" (1962), and "El Dorado" (1967). Twenty-three successes. Who else compares to this heroic champion, across so many different genres, among film directors? Hail Howard Hawks!
Purely Excellent. the perfect western
- Keaton White
full of thoughtful themes and powerful quotes, the film transcends other cliche filled of it's time with beautiful scenery that fits it's Texas location, great storyline, and JOHN WAYNE
John Wayne excels in this great Western supported by a strellar cast such as Robert Mitchum, James Caan and sexy Charlene Holt whom Director Howard Hawks cast in his films such as Man's Favorite Sport, Red Line 7000 and this Paramount film.
Unexpectedly witty Western
The great joy of this movie is the very witty script and direction. The actors were obviously having fun playing off each other with the many wisecracks and back-and-forth banter. There is a whole series of lines about bars of soap that is as funny and well-played as the best of Noel Coward or the Thin Man comedies, yet it is character-driven and not so overdone as to be out of place in a Western. Surprisingly good!
one of the best john wayne movies iv ever seen