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Mackenna's Gold (1969) was a Romance - Western Film directed by J. Lee Thompson and produced by Carl Foreman and Dimitri Tiomkin.

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The film was originally planned to be shown in single lens Cinerama with reserved seat roadshow engagements, but Columbia execs changed their minds and pulled the plug on that idea. The film was drastically cut down from nearly three hours plus an intermission to just over two hours. Although most of the film was photographed on 65mm stock, to save a buck, a handful of scenes were filmed in 35mm anamorphic and then optically blown up with disastrous results. The blown-up scenes are exceedingly grainy and have bad color.
One of George Lucas's projects while a student in film school was documenting the making of this film. While he was on set, he actually made suggestions (which were used) on how to rehearse and shoot some scenes.
The pool and waterfall where part of the action takes place was man-made and the water had to be hauled in by tanker truck.
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Also released in 1969




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