• Film ID:
  • 2296
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=160 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • America.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • English.
EL CID (1961)
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One of the very finest epics produced, equally impressive in terms of script and spectacle. Heston is aptly heroic as the 11th Century patriot destined to die in the fight to evict the Moors from Spain, Mann's direction is stately and thrilling and Miklos Rosza's superb score perfectly complements the crisp and simple widescreen images. Sobriety and restraint, in fact, are perhaps the keynotes of the film's success, with the result that a potentially risible finale, in which Cid's corpse is borne into the realm of legend strapped to his horse leading his men to battle, becomes genuinely stirring.
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