Reviewed bybiyerVote: 9/10/10
This movie will always remain a favorite on my list. I am surprisedthat it received such a low rating on this board. It deserves itsrightful place as one of the best western movies ever made.
The cast is good with some powerful performances including Gregory Packas the small town sheriff who accidentally stumbles onto a treasure mapleading to a gold mine protected by the Apache Indians. The outdoorlocations in this movie (with The Grand Canyon as the back drop) aresimply breath-taking.
The story is fast paced with lot of action scenes including somethrilling footage of high speed horse chases. If you like westerngenre, don't miss this one. You will not be disappointed. It haseverything - story, cast, locations, horses, shooting and a very happyending.
Reviewed byalexandre michel liberman (tmwest)Vote: 8/10/10
1969 was a very good year for westerns (The Wild Bunch, True Grit), so thisfilm went by without being noticed, but every second of it is enjoyable.Gregory Peck is great as always, Omar Sharif as Colorado does surprisinglywell, also Julie Newmar as the Indian girl, Edward G. Robinson as Adams,Telly Savalas as an army officer. No doubt this was a precursor to Raidersof the Lost Ark. It is also very similar in certain scenes to the 1949western "Lust For Gold". Seeing it today in DVD with widescreen is quite anexperience, because of the beautiful way the scenery is shown (it lookslike Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon put together with a bit offantasy) also the unusual places the camera is placed, like at certainmoments you are following the feet of the horses, or in other scenes youfeel the camera is riding the horse.
Reviewed byNewEnglandPatVote: 6/10/10
This grand, sprawling western is an entertaining picture with mega castnames that results in an enjoyable adventure. Gregory Peck and OmarSharif are the main adversaries here as a diverse group of ranchers,soldiers and assorted types search for a hidden canyon of gold inIndian country. The expensive production has several cameo appearancesof stars well past their prime and a message about greed and thecorrupting influence of gold fever and the risks people take to acquireuntold wealth. There are two women in the story, one to meet theromance requirement while the other represents pure menace. The greatbeauty of the American west is the highlight of the picture as the plotplays out against the deserts, mountains and canyons of the greatsouthwest. Indians are the main danger but the party of whites havetheir share of infighting with gun fights, chases and double crosses.The film was one of Hollywood's last great screen westerns.
The gangster Colorado kidnaps Marshal McKenna. He believes that McKenna has seen a map which leads to a rich vein of gold in the mountains and forces him to show him the way. But they're not the only ones who're after the gold; soon they meet a group of "honorable" citizens and the cavalry crosses their way too - and that is even before they enter Indian territory.