El Dorado (1966 film)

El Dorado (1966 Film)

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El Dorado (1966 film)

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El Dorado is a 1967 western movie starring John Wayne and Robert Mitchum, directed by Howard Hawks, and released by Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Leigh Brackett and based on the novel The Stars in Their Courses by Harry Brown. Nelson Riddle wrote the musical score. The film was shot in Technicolor and ran 126 minutes. The original paintings in the credits are by Olaf Wieghorst.

The supporting cast includes James Caan, Arthur Hunnicutt, Charlene Holt, Ed Asner, Christopher George, Michele Carey, R. G. Armstrong, Paul Fix, Johnny Crawford, Adam Roarke, and Jim Davis.

The movie is the second film in a trilogy directed by Hawks varying the idea of a sheriff defending his office against belligerent outlaw elements in the town: the other two films are Rio Bravo (1959) and Rio Lobo (1970), both also starring Wayne.


Cole Thornton, an infamous gunslinger, is hired by wealthy rancher Bart Jason to help him in a range war with the McDonald family. While in the town of El Dorado, the local sheriff and an old friend, J.P. Harrah, gives Cole more details that Jason had deliberately left out, including the possibility of having to side against Harrah. Unwilling to do this, Thornton quits, to the relief of saloon owner Maudie, who is in love with Thornton (and was for a time a romantic interest of Harrah's).

The McDonalds learn of Thornton's presence in town. Fearing that he might come for them, Kevin McDonald puts his youngest son, Luke, on guard. When Thornton...
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