Thursday, November 4, 2010


El Condor - Danish title
Jagten på Mexico’s guld - Danish title
El Condor - Finnish title
El Condor - French title
El Condor - German title
El Condor - Greek title
El Cóndor - Spanish title
El kondor - Turkish title
El Condor - U.S.A. title

A 1969 U.S.A., Spanish co-production [Carthay Continental, National General (Hollywood)]
Producer: André De Toth
Director: John Guillermin
Story: Steven Carabatsos
Screenplay: Larry Cohen (Lawrence Cohen), Steven Carabatsos
Cinematography: Henry Persin [Technicolor, Vistavision]
Music: Maurice Jarre
Running time: 102 minutes

Luke - Jim Brown (James Brown)
Jaroo Lee - Lee Van Cleef (Clarence Van Cleef)
General Chavez - Patrick O’Neal
Claudine - Mariana Hill (Mariana Schwartzkopf)
Santana - Iron Eyes Cody (Espera De Corti)
Dolores - Imogen Hassall
old convict - Elisha Cook (Elisha Cook Jr.)
Colonel Anguinaldo - Gustavo Rojo (Gustavo Pinto)
Águila - Florencio Amarilla
General Hernández - Julio Peña (Julio Muñoz)
Julio - Patricio Santiago
prison guard captain - John Clark
Apache - Raúl Mendoza Castro
Mexican officer - Rafael Albaicin (Ignacio-Rafael Escudero)
Mexican soldier - Simón Arriaga
convict guard - George Ross
lieutenant - Ángel del Pozo (Ángel Merino)
bartender - Howard Hagan
chief Mexican bandit - Ricardo Palacios (Ricardo Diez)
bandits - Charles Stalnaker, Carlos Bravo (Ramon Bravo), Dan van Husen (Daniel van Husen)
convicts - Peter Lenahan, Art Larkin, Per Barclay (Erik Atberg)
with: Romano Puppo, John Landis

Luke, who escapes from a chain gang after learning that a fortune in gold is hidden in the Mexican fortress of El Condor. He joins up with the snake-eyed crook Jaroo and together they round up a band of Apaches, headed by Santana, to attack the fort -- convincing the Indian renegades that the fort houses food and guns greatly needed by the Apaches. During their first crack at taking the fort, Luke and Jaroo are captured by the fort's commandant, Chavez. Claudine, the wife of the commandant, falls in love with Luke and she aids them in their escape from the fort. Later on, she is instrumental in getting Luke and Jaroo's band into the fort -- diverting the gaze of the fort's defenders by disrobing in front of a well-lit bedroom window. Chavez escapes, but Santana is shot by Jaroo after discovering that Jaroo deceived him. With Santana shot, the Apaches leave the fort, carrying the food and ammunition. Now the only ones left to defend the defenseless fort are Luke, Claudine, and Jaroo. When the trio discovers there is no gold just lead bars painted to look like gold the partnership falls apart.


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