El Condor

El Condor

John Guillermin (1970)

AA Certificate


Our Score
Director John Guillermin came unstuck with this Larry Cohen co-scripted western about a pair of mercenaries raiding a Mexican fort for its gold. The Spanish-shot movie wears on its sleeve all the gruesome Cohen trademarks that would be used to chilling effect in 1974's It's Alive, but contains none of the tongue-in-cheek humour that's often the salvation of the European western. As the protagonists, Lee Van Cleef and Jim Brown look good, but have little of substance to work on, and a supporting cast that includes veteran Hollywood cowboy Elisha Cook Jr is wasted. The underrated Mariana Hill is, as ever, excellent, but the constant brutality and the excruciatingly slow pace make this very hard to enjoy.


A convict escapes from prison and joins forces with a hard-drinking prospector to steal a fortune in gold. The loot is locked away in a heavily defended fortress in Mexico, prompting the duo to con an Apache tribe into providing the manpower to take it by force. Western, starring Lee Van Cleef and Jim Brown.

Cast & Crew

Jaroo Lee Van Cleef
Luke Jim Brown
Chavez Patrick O'Neal (1)
Claudine Marianna Hill
Santana Iron Eyes Cody
Dolores Imogen Hassall
Old convict Elisha Cook Jr
Colonel Aguinaldo Gustavo Rojo
Aguila Florencio Amarilla
General Hernandez Julio Pena
Lieutenant Angel Del Pozo
Prison guard captain John Clark (3)
Director John Guillermin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Carthay CentreGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and brief nudity.