Vera Cruz Movie Review Summary

Actors: Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jack Elam

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VERA CRUZ is a western directed by Robert Aldrich in 1954.
Gary Cooper is a southern gentleman who has lost everything he owns in the Civil War. He leaves home for Mexico and meets Burt Lancaster, a no-good cowboy without any morals. With a bunch of mercenaries, they accept to fight for the emperor Maximilian against the Juaristas. But they soon discover that 3 million dollars in gold are hidden inside the wagon they have to protect from the attacks of the revolutionists.
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A superb western.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army    -   Mercenaries Technology/treasure/info search    -   Yes involving:    -   money/gems/treasure Western    -   Yes Kind of western:    -   searching for stashed treasure

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   cowboy Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Mexico Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives

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