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They Came To Cordura (1959) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by Robert Rossen and produced by William Goetz.

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Cpl. Milo Trubee: [after getting a boil on his backside lanced] That didn't hurt a bit.

Major Thomas Thorn: If there's one piece of truth in your insect soul, I want it!

Adelaide Geary: Heroes? Saints living in the desert? My God, they tried to rape me! And blackmail you! It's a wonder they haven't shot you already! No, Thorne, they're only men - and damned poor specimens at that!
Major Thomas Thorn: I have less right than any man on earth to judge them.
Adelaide Geary: Or to judge yourself either.
Major Thomas Thorn: [pauses] You may be right, what you say. They're human beings. But they're more than that. They have one thing in them that is a miracle and a mystery. It redeems them. They don't know what it is themselves, but they have it. I have to save it.
Adelaide Geary: You really believe this?
[he nods]
Adelaide Geary: If you do, Thorn, if you do... you may be worth all of them.

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Due to restrictions of the Production Code implemented by the Hays Office, Maj. Thorn's homosexuality could only be implied in the movie and not stated outright.
Besides looking far too old for his character, Gary Cooper was actually quite ill during shooting, and participated in this film against the advice of his doctors. Towards the end of the film he was dragged 100 yards along the ground by a railroad handcar, something film critic Stanley Kauffmann complained about in an issue in the magazine New Republic.
In a 1960 interview John Wayne criticized this film and Montgomery Clift's Suddenly, Last Summer, both of which treated homosexuality (in this film because of an implied homosexual relationship between the characters played by Gary Cooper and Tab Hunter), as "poison polluting Hollywood's moral bloodstream." The latter, he said, was "too disgusting even for discussion."
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