6.0/10
921
17 user 7 critic

El Condor (1970)

The El Condor, the fabled Mexican stronghold rumoured to contain Emperor Maximilian's mythical reserves in gold, will attract two adventurous fortune seekers, who with eyes gleaming with desire, will shortly know that only fools rush in.

Director:

John Guillermin

Writers:

Larry Cohen (screenplay), Steven W. Carabatsos (screenplay) (as Steven Carabatsos) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After selling his cattle in town, ranch owner Morgan unexpectedly dies, and his foreman Pike has to deliver the payroll to Sonora, despite the perilous journey during which he's followed by many shady characters who want the money.

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef, Fred Williamson
Barquero (1970)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

At a river crossing, a stand-off between a gang of outlaws and local townsfolk ensues when the ferry barge operator refuses to ferry the gang across the river.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Warren Oates, Forrest Tucker
God's Gun (1976)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A priest and his twin brother take turns defending a small town from the vicious Clayton gang.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Jack Palance, Richard Boone
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A master gunfighter teams up with a banjo-playing drifter and a Mexican tramp to foil the town leaders of Daugherty, Texas, who want to steal $100,000 from their own bank to buy land that the approaching railroad will cross.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, William Berger, Ignazio Spalla
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Hobsonville's citizens hire a gunslinger to rid them of the McIntock clan that is forcibly and unlawfully taxing the townsfolk under the pretext of town development.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Reiner Schöne, Giampiero Albertini
Certificate: GP Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A Native American born US Army officer, Captain Apache, investigating a murder, uncovers a presidential assassination plot.

Director: Alexander Singer
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Carroll Baker, Stuart Whitman
Blood Money (1974)
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A martial artist joins a hard-hitting gunfighter in the search for treasure while bandits step into their way.

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Lieh Lo, Patty Shepard
Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Robber Roy King loses his wife, Alicia, to revolutionary Montero. Despite their rivalry they collaborate in an attempt to rob the Mexican government of one million dollars.

Director: Eugenio Martín
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, James Mason, Gina Lollobrigida
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A grizzled ex-sheriff helps a man framed for murder to confront the powerful trio of brothers who want him dead.

Director: Giancarlo Santi
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Alberto Dentice, Jess Hahn
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young gunfighter plans to track down and eliminate the bandits who killed his family, and forms a tenuous alliance with an aging ex-outlaw, till the surprising end.

Director: Giulio Petroni
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Mario Brega
Vengeance (1977)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Tom's parents are killed by Mexican outlaws after their leader (Van Cleef) rapes his mother as he watched. He sets out to exact revenge and is ultimately helped by a successful gold prospector who has been robbed by the same outlaws.

Director: Joseph Manduke
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Jim Brown, John Marley
Commandos (1968)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

During WW2, an Italian-American commando outfit, disguised as an Italian Army unit, is parachuted behind Axis lines in North Africa.

Director: Armando Crispino
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Jack Kelly, Giampiero Albertini
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Brown ... Luke
Lee Van Cleef ... Jaroo
Patrick O'Neal ... Chavez
Marianna Hill ... Claudine (as Mariana Hill)
Iron Eyes Cody ... Santana
Imogen Hassall ... Dolores
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Old Convict (as Elisha Cook)
Gustavo Rojo ... Colonel Anguinaldo
Florencio Amarilla Florencio Amarilla ... Aguila
Julio Peña ... General Hernandez
Ángel del Pozo ... Lieutenant (as Angel Del Pozo)
Patricio Santiago Patricio Santiago ... Julio
John Clark John Clark ... Prison Guard Captain
Raúl Mendoza Castro Raúl Mendoza Castro ... Indian (as Raul Mendoza Castro)
Rafael Albaicín Rafael Albaicín ... Officer (as Rafael Albaicin)
Edit

Storyline

Luke, an escaped convict, and Jaroo, a loner gold prospector, team up with a band of Apache Indians in 19th century Mexico to capture a large, heavily armed fortress for the millions -- or billions -- of dollars in gold that are rumored to be stored within. Written by Brian C. Madsen <bcmmovies@earthlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

WHERE THE TWO DIRTIEST FIGHTERS ALIVE BLAST A FORTRESS OF GOLD APART! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

6 September 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El condor See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Carthay Continental See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The huge fortress of El Condor, built in Spain for this movie, was subsequently featured in many other films, including A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die (1972) and Conan the Barbarian (1982). See more »

Quotes

Luke: I don't want any holes in those uniforms!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
EXCITING EPIC WESTERN
15 December 1999 | by whynotwritemeSee all my reviews

Extremely enjoyable western adventure in the classic style of the late 60s and early 70s. The plot concerns a pair of rogue adventurers who team up with a tribe of Apache Indians to steal a fortune in gold from a huge fortress in Mexico during the mid 1860s. The heroes are extremely well portrayed, with Jim Brown as Luke, in a pioneering performance for African American actors in the early 70s; a non racially specific heroic role. Brown displays the cool confidence he showed in 'The Dirty Dozen' and '100 Rifles', showing once again that he was one of the most underrated action heroes of the 60s and 70s. Lee Van Cleef is also superb. Going against his usual casting as a polished, cool villain, Van Cleef plays a scruffy ne'r-do-well named Jaroo, who is first seen spitting whiskey into the camera. In spite of Jaroo's greed and unsavory habits, he is still a very sympathetic character. Just watch the great scene where he gives a Mexican boy one of his prized gold nuggets. Other characters of note are Iron Eyes Cody as Santana, the Apache Chief, and Patrick O'Neal as Chavez, the cruel yet honorable commandanté of the Fortress of El Condor. Mariana Hill is stunning (and totally naked at one point!) as the mistress of Chavez, a fickle beauty with the power to make men or break them. The battles are truly epic in scope, particularily the scenes of the final assault on El Condor, with hundreds of Mexican soldiers and Apaches clashing in the courtyard of the immense fortress. The music by Maurice Jarré is wonderful. One of his best scores, along with 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'The Professionals'. No one can say that 'El Condor' is a message movie, or socially relevant or challenging, but if you want an action packed western with larger than life heroes and villains, beautiful women and impossible odds, El Condor is the film for you! I have watched this film literally dozens of times since first sneaking into the living-room to catch it on the late show as a kid in 1979, and I never ever tire of it. I watch this film more often that 'The Wild Bunch', 'The Magnificent Seven' or 'The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly'! Buy a copy RIGHT AWAY!


24 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed