El Cid (1961)

El Cid (1961)

Released: 1961
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Genre
Director: Anthony Mann
Starring: Raf Vallone, Sophia Loren, Charlton Heston, ,
Run time: 182 min
IMDb: 7.3/10
Country: Italy
Views: 25618


Epic film of the legendary Spanish hero, Rodrigo Diaz (“El Cid” to his followers), who, without compromising his strict sense of honour, still succeeds in taking the initiative and driving the Moors from Spain.
Written by
Stewart M. Clamen <[email protected]>
User Reviews: I was debating how to vote on this one as it is one of my favorite movies of all time, and only if I felt something was missing would I not give it a 10.

Well I couldn’t think of a single thing missing or that could’ve been done better in this movie, so this is the first 10/10 or 5/5 I have given. Seriouslly, its that good.

I am very particular about my movies. There has to be good story, characters, action, cinematography and attention to detail and authenticity.

El Cid has all this and more. The characters are compelling and real, both noble and craven. The story is based on a real person and real location and events, although I am sure some liberties have been taken to dramatize things during this Spanish/moorish conflict. Costumes seem authentic, and there is plenty of action for all so long as you don’t mind the long periods of drama between them. And frankly, I give this movie a capitol D for drama!

This is the kind of classic epic that moves you emotionally and draws you in, you feel for the characters and are awed by the events. If you like historical/medieval drama, watch El Cid. It is a classic.

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  • Doctorow 1 month ago

    Where is the last part (a whole hour!) of the film?
    It’s a shame to upload only half a movie