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Vera Cruz (1954) was a Western - Adventure Film directed by Robert Aldrich and produced by Harold Hecht, Burt Lancaster and James Hill.

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Vera Cruz (1954): Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 8, 2020 From 4 Star Films

Below the Mexican border, during Antebellum days, a diverse array of Americans find themselves in the middle of the fight against Maximillian of France. Vera Cruz is far from a history lesson, however. It need not be. Still, it plays as an important footnote in a different type of history altogether... Read full article

Vera Cruz (1954)

By Beatrice on Jan 21, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Vera Cruz Directed by Robert Aldrich Written by Roland Kibbee and James R. Webb; story by Borden Chase 1954/USA Hecht-Lancaster Productions First viewing/Amazon Instant Benjamin Trane: If I have the time, I will. This OK Western benefits from its star power. The story takes place during the Mexic... Read full article

Sara Montiel: Vera Cruz’s Spanish Beauty

By Virginie Pronovost on Oct 13, 2015 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

Hollywood produces films starring, of course, a bunch of talented (or not) American actors. But some people coming from other countries also had a career, a long or short one, in Hollywood. We can think of the German Marlene Dietrich, the Swedish Ingrid Bergman or the English James Mason. Today, I&#... Read full article

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[first lines]
Benjamin Trane: Howdy. You an American?
Joe Erin: You interested in me or the horses?

Joe Erin: Hey, you saved my bacon back there.
Benjamin Trane: Sorry I was so slow gettin' to yuh.
Joe Erin: You'd a been a little slower, you'd a stood to be a lot richer.
Benjamin Trane: Maybe I didn't think o' that.
Joe Erin: Too bad, You never know. Ace Hannah ran a gamblin' joint back in Laredo. Shot my old man in a stud game while I was still a kid. He felt so bad he gave me a home.
Benjamin Trane: What does that got to do with savin' your life?
Joe Erin: Ace used to say you don't take any chances you don't have to. Don't trust nobody you don't have to trust, and don't do no favors you don't have to do. Ace lived long enough to know he was right. He lived thirty seconds after I shot 'em.
[after Ben reacts to the revelation]
Joe Erin: You know somethin'? That's the first time I ever told anybody the story of my life.
Benjamin Trane: Thanks.

Emperor Maximillian: You may present me to the courageous little group.

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Burt Lancaster was quite happy to cede top billing to Gary Cooper, knowing that the older actor had more box office pull than he did.
First film released in the "Superscope" wide screen process. Shot at a conventional 1.37:1 aspect ratio, the film was cropped to 2:1 in post production and then given a Cinemascope compatible (2x) squeeze and blown up to normal frame height. Superscope was designed to acheive anamorphic prints from standard flat 35mm negatives. The MGM dvd approximates the 2:1 release print aspect ratio. Superscope was the fore-runner to "Super 35".
Gary Cooper was badly hurt when he was struck by fragments from a bridge that had been blown up and the special-effects team had used too much explosives.
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