The Comancheros

The Comancheros

Michael Curtiz (1961)

102min
PG Certificate
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Our Score
This was a marvellous swan song for Casablanca director Michael Curtiz, who died the following year. Indeed, much of this handsome western was actually directed by star John Wayne, in tandem with second unit director Cliff Lyons. The scale is substantial, and Curtiz fills the wide CinemaScope vistas with rip-roaring action. The Duke dominates the movie, but there's also lively support from Stuart Whitman as gambler Paul Regret, who's a pivotal character for the whole affair. The score is one of Elmer Bernstein's best and most elegiac, and there's a terrific star-building performance from Lee Marvin. A big hit in its day, this is the sort of sprawling western that died, alas, with its star.

Summary

A hard-bitten Texas Ranger joins forces with a convict and a gambler in a covert operation to run a gang of gunmen out of the territory for supplying Comanche warriors with arms and alcohol from a secret hideout in Mexico. But after infiltrating the renegades' secret camp, they have to figure out how to survive until help arrives. Western, with John Wayne, Stuart Whitman, Ina Balin, Nehemiah Persoff and Lee Marvin.

Cast & Crew

Captain Jake Cutter John Wayne
Paul Regret Stuart Whitman
Pilar Ina Balin
Graile Nehemiah Persoff
Tully Crow Lee Marvin
Amelung Michael Ansara
Tobe Patrick Wayne
Major Henry Bruce Cabot
Melinda Joan O'Brien
Judge Bean Edgar Buchanan
Ed McBain Guinn "Big Boy" Williams
Horseface Jack Elam
Gireaux Henry Daniell
Director Michael Curtiz
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Edited for violence. Available on: Available on video and DVD

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