The Comancheros

  • PG
  • Michael Curtiz (1961)
  • US
  • 102 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Western starring John Wayne. Texas Ranger Jake Cutter finds an unlikely ally in a tough gambler as he sets out on the trail of a gang of ruthless outlaws who are supplying arms and liquor to the Comanches.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Michael Curtiz

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Edited for violence.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama

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