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Vera Cruz

Vera Cruz

Vera Cruz

1954 / 94min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: ROBERT ALDRICH

CAST: BURT LANCASTER, GARY COOPER, DENISE DARCEL

Only one of the most relentlessly entertaining Westerns ever made (shot in SuperScope), south-of-the-border joy ride Vera Cruz teams up Burt Lancaster, an amoral, black-clad gun-for-hire with a huge, white, carnivorous grin, and Gary Cooper, a straight-backed ex-Confederate cavalier, both put to work by Emperor Maximilian I to escort the Countess Duvarre (Denise Darcel) across a countryside in the grips of the Franco-Mexican war. “Leone, Altman, Peckinpah and Eastwood were on the horizon, Aldrich’s nihilism can be seen as both omen and catalyst.” - Charles Silver