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Alvarez Kelly (1966)

Approved | | Western | October 1966 (USA)
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During the Civil War, Mexican cattleman Alvarez Kelly supplies the Union with cattle until Confederate Colonel Tom Rossiter's hungry men force Kelly to change his customers.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writer:

Franklin Coen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... Alvarez Kelly
Richard Widmark ... Col. Tom Rossiter
Janice Rule ... Liz Pickering
Patrick O'Neal ... Major Albert Stedman
Victoria Shaw ... Charity Warwick
Roger C. Carmel ... Capt. Angus Ferguson
Richard Rust ... Sergeant Hatcher
Arthur Franz ... Capt. Towers
Don 'Red' Barry ... Lt. Farrow (as Donald Barry)
Duke Hobbie ... John Beaurider
Harry Carey Jr. ... Cpl. Peterson
Howard Caine ... McIntyre
Mauritz Hugo ... Ely Harrison
Barry Atwater ... General Kautz (as G.B. Atwater)
Robert Morgan Robert Morgan ... Capt. Williams
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Storyline

Suave former Texan cattleman Alvarez Kelly now living in Mexico has little interest in the Civil War except to make some money. But after a long drive to deliver cattle to the Union he finds himself kidnapped by Confederate Colonel Tom Rossiter. With the hungry troops and civilians surrounded in Richmond by the Union army the Colonel intends, one way or the other, to persuade Kelly to help steal the herd and move it into town. Confederate money has no appeal so the Colonel resorts to other means with unexpected results. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Carving a legend of greatness from the Blue Ridge to the Rio Grande ! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Richmond Story See more »

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Runtime:

| (Sony print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Production had to be suspended for a while when Hurricane Betsy passed over Louisiana in mid-September 1965. See more »

Goofs

Despite the firepower of the Union Cavalry at the bridge, not one steer is seen to fall down dead or wounded. There are fallen cattle seen after the herd has crossed the bridge, but these are obviously live cattle with their legs tied, as can be seen when they struggle to stand up. See more »

Quotes

Col. Tom Rossiter: You used to have ten fingers. Now you have nine. Tomorrow, you'll have eight. You stay stubborn, the day after that then you'll have seven. The day after that... it's up to you. You decide whether you want to end up with a pair of stumps... or lend us your talent. You decide.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In every war................... In every age.................... The forgotten weapon is.................... Food. For to kill, soldiers must live................... to live, they must eat.................... And a herd of cattle is as vital as a herd of cannon...................

The United States in 1864. See more »

Soundtracks

Alvarez Kelly
Music by Johnny Green (as John Green)
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by The Brothers Four
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Classic
31 May 2013 | by msprouse-7-431049See all my reviews

Classic, Classic, Classic! Yeah, you can complain about being a bit slow nearly 50 years later, but what movie from that time wasn't. This movie is loosely based on Hampton's and General Rosser's Cattle Raid. Not filmed in Virginia, but I am from near Richmond and played as a child on some of the land the actual raid crossed over and it has the same feel. Holden and Widmark both hit home runs, hard to tell which is better. Widmark has the southern Virginia accent down pat, he sounds like a couple of my uncles which were about his age. The score and the cinematography just add to the ambiance. There are some slight imperfections with the script, but the strengths of this film tower over it's shortcomings.


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