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Directed by Robert Aldrich

United States 1954 94 mins. In English

A detailed study in contrasts, VERA CRUZ pairs Lancaster’s smarmy, conniving rancher with Gary Cooper’s upstanding, old-guard Southern gentleman in the 19th-century Mexican desert as guns-for-hire. The two meet by chance as Joe Erin (Lancaster) attempts to steal Benjamin Trane’s (Cooper) horse. They both have bigger problems, however, as they are quickly caught up in the Mexican Revolution of 1866. Hired by the reigning French royalty to escort a beautiful countess (Denise Darcel) across Mexico to Vera Cruz, the two men and their reluctantly assembled gang must choose between following through with the mission honestly or following their intuition when they discover that several million dollars in gold is hiding somewhere in the convoy.

Genres: Western

Appears in: Forever Burt



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