Vera Cruz

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

A brash, lively, and totally appealing Western about a couple of American adventurers - Cooper, a decent but cynical Southern gentleman, and Lancaster, a supremely conniving crook - getting involved with Maximilian's imperial court and the Juarez revolutionaries in 1860s Mexico. Basically, the film is played as a game of bluff and betrayal, with the pair continually voicing their distrust of each other as they transport a countess and her crock of gold to Vera Cruz, allowing Aldrich to alternate with ease between earthy comedy and taut suspense. Beautifully shot by Ernest Laszlo, it conjures up a Mexico that in some ways looks forward to Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, a country at once romantic and treacherous, wild and lovely, an outpost of freedom for exiles yet oppressed by a corrupt government. And the performances, as you might expect, are highly professional.

By: GA


Release details

94 mins

Cast and crew

Robert Aldrich
Roland Kibbee, James R Webb
Burt Lancaster
Gary Cooper
Denise Darcel
Cesar Romero
Sarita Montiel
George Macready
Ernest Borgnine
Jack Elam
Jack Lambert
Charles Bronson
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