Vera Cruz

Vera Cruz

DVD - 2001
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During the Mexican Revolution of 1866, two American adventurers sign up to escort a carriage from the palace of Emperor Maximilian I in Mexico City to the seaport of Vera Cruz. Aboard the carriage is a beautiful French countess and a treasure of three million dollars in gold coins. Includes original theatrical trailer.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, [2001]
ISBN: 9780792849285
Branch Call Number: MOVIE VER
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Veracruz


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Apr 13, 2018

Apparently - (As the story goes) - 1954's "Vera Cruz" was a major influence on Italian director, Sergio Leone when it came to his visual-style and direction (a decade later) of the brutally violent, Spaghetti Western "A Fistful Of Dollars" (1964).

If you have seen both "Vera Cruz" and "A Fistful Of Dollars" - You will, of course, recognize the striking similarities between these 2 films that, literally, glares at you as plain as a day in the hot, searing Mexican sunshine. (I'm not talking here about these film's stories. No. It's all about their overall presentation that's so alike, such as - camera angles, staging of actors, story setting, and so on)

Yep - Mean. Ornery. Cutthroat. Antagonistic. Trigger-Happy. Rough. Tough. (Etc., Etc.) - IMO - It's almost like these 2 films-in-question were, undoubtedly, Siamese twins, joined right at the hip.... (And, in passing - I certainly won't forget to mention Burt Lancaster here, repeatedly showing us all every tooth in his big, grinning mouth)...... (*Be sure to watch movie-trailer*)

Dec 05, 2016

This is a 1954 American Western directed by Robert Aldrich from a story by Borden Chase.
As the American Civil War ended, another war was just beginning.
The Mexican people were struggling to ride themselves of their foreign Emperor---Maximilian (1832-1867).
Into this fight rode a handful of Americans such as ex-soldiers, adventurers, criminals who all wanted gain.
They drifted south in small groups.
And some came alone such as ex-Confederate colonel Ben Trane (played by Gary Cooper).
Maximilian was a younger brother of the Austrian emperor Francis Joseph I.
How come an Austrian Emperor in Mexico in the first place?
Napoleon III of France made an offer to rule Mexico.
France had invaded Mexico in the winter of 1861, as part of the War of the French Intervention.
Seeking to legitimize French rule in the Americas, Napoleon III invited Maximilian to establish a new Mexican monarchy for him.
With the support of the French army, and a group of conservative Mexican monarchists hostile to the liberal administration of new Mexican President Benito Juárez, Maximilian traveled to Mexico.
Once there, he declared himself Emperor of Mexico on 10 April 1864.
And this story starts.
It is a nice movie to know the complicated situation at the time.

May 20, 2016

Robert Aldrich was a fascinating, yet erratic, director. He could make absolutely brilliant classics (Attack!, Big Knife, Kiss Me Deadly, Baby Jane, Ulzana's Raid) and he could make utter dreck (Hustle, Choirboys). Unfortunately, Vera Cruz definitely falls into the latter category. This movie, made in the same era as KMD, Attack and Big Knife, is inexplicably inane and silly, and so determindly unrealistic i wouldn't be surprised if it was ghost-directed by the execrable Richard Brooks. Gary Cooper is completely disinterested (who can blame him), and Burt Lancaster perfects his trick of showing every tooth in his head when he smiles. Disrespect to the culture of Mexico is one of its many, many failings.

Nov 24, 2013

Great and impressive actors like Burt Lancaster and Gary Cooper and Sara Montiel.....

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