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Plot: The gangster Colorado kidnaps Marshal McKenna. He believes that McKenna has seen a map which leads to a rich vein of gold in the mountains and forces him to show him the way. But they're not the only ones who are after the gold, soon they meet a group of "honorable" citizens and the cavalry crosses… Runtime: 128 min Release Date: 10 May 1969
I first saw this film a few months ago on TV and i thought it was so good i bought it on DVD.Now I'm not really a fan of westerns but this film really got me interested in them.The Film is set in the Arizona territory of the 1870's. Gregory Peck is brilliant as Sam Mackenna who is the only living person who knows the torturous route to the fabulous "canon del oro." During his journey Mackenna is captured by Colorado played by the great Omar Shariff, a brutal Mexican bandit who has long sought his death. But, if Mackenna is to lead the cut-throat gang to the lost treasure, <more>
Colorado must keep him alive. En route, Mackenna and the outlaw band are joined by renegade soldiers, vengeful Indians, cold-blooded killers and "gentlemen from town" As they near golden canyon, all but Mackenna are swept by a sudden fever - the naked greed for Gold. Mackenna's Gold is one of the most exciting Westerns ever made.
Younger users have to remember when this film was made, it was done with every new technology available - WITHOUT CGIs! 70 MMs! Those are huge negatives and a bunch of cans of film and special projectors to show it. Entrance-fees had begun to climb in the 80s, so you certainly expected to be amazed AND entertained by such a big-budget film, with everyone you can think of in it......I do have to laugh about Gregory Peck "Mackenna" in a western. But, I realize - just like workers in every field - don't get paid if they don't work. That's why you see so many <more>
actors/actresses miscast. Peck was a hoot to watch, and one wonders how he EVER remembered just where the gold was. Omar Sharif "Colorado" was also a giggle as an outlaw who wanted to be a gentleman, and rich. Telly Savalas "Sgt. Tipps" played his part well, but bald for that era ???? If you look at IMDb's line-up, you'll see that Inga Bergman is listed in place of Camilla Sparv. Edward G. Robinson "Old Adams" also must have been late with his rent. The countless other members of the cast were entertaining, but really were "marking time" till the end. The circling buzzards had good meals, eh? As TCM's Robert Osborne comments in hosting the film, the most important aspect of their work in "Gold" was just to stay alive.The "earthquake episode" was created by those canyons being blown-up - the studio bought them. I, too, wondered why "Colorado" would bother to stick-around after he got his gold, just to beat-up on "Mackenna". I also wondered how they got that tunnel through the mountain so square. To me, the most exciting part of "Gold" was the ending - very close to the edge, there.So, yeah - I rate it a ten because it WAS entertaining - and still is after all these years. I wouldn't say it is an "epic", although it was intended to be one. It's just a "good watch", so take it with a grain of salt and enjoy.....for all ages. There are so many better films about the old west to watch, such as "The Far Country".
" As long as the Apaches kept it a secret, they would remain strong " (by thinker1691)
From the beginning the legend was created, the Apache were advised, so long as they never touched the Gold, they would remain undefeated. Among the N'Dee or Apache as they are called today, they believe the legend. Once the Americans traveled across the countryside, they corrupted the Native Americans, by introducing the value of Gold. Today of course, the legend of 'The Lost Adams' or 'The Canyon del Oro' or as in this magnificent movie, " Mackenna's Gold " is one which has left an indelible image in anyone who see the film. It's the story of a town <more>
marshal named MacKenna Gregory Peck who is on the trail of a notorious outlaw named Colorado Omar Sharif . The tables are turned when MacKenna is taken hostage and forced to lead Colorado and his outlaw band to the Legendary Valley. Along the way they are joined by a group of gold hungry citizens from Haddleyburg. To further complicate matters for the Marshal. Colorado also captures a judge's daughter Inga Bergmann. Things get more interesting when a traitorous Calvary Sargent Telly Savalas called Sgt. Tibbs, joins MacKenna on the way to the Canyon. If things weren't bad enough, a band of renegade Apache is after the entire group, seeking to kill them before they arrive at their golden destination. The sheer star power of this movie, has so many big names, it's difficult to tell whether its they or the film which excites the audience. Here her have Keenan Wynn, Julie Newmar. Ted Cassidy, Lee J. Cobb, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith, Anthony Quayle, and Edward G. Robinson as 'Adams.' The adventure of the film culminates when they find the valley, but the odds are, none will live to tell the story. A Classic movie if ever there was one. *****
fast paced western based on a treasure hunt story (by biyer)
This movie will always remain a favorite on my list. I am surprised that it received such a low rating on this board. It deserves its rightful place as one of the best western movies ever made. The cast is good with some powerful performances including Gregory Pack as the small town sheriff who accidentally stumbles onto a treasure map leading to a gold mine protected by the Apache Indians. The outdoor locations in this movie with The Grand Canyon as the back drop are simply breath-taking.The story is fast paced with lot of action scenes including some thrilling footage of high speed horse <more>
chases. If you like western genre, don't miss this one. You will not be disappointed. It has everything - story, cast, locations, horses, shooting and a very happy ending.
In India we make hundreds of movies in lots of languages. English movies especially Hollywood are very popular here. MacKenna's Gold is the best Western movie I've seen and enjoyed. It's perfect & sheer entertainment! I've seen many Hindi movies inspired by MacKenna's Gold. The locations are fabulous. I loved the title song: "Ol' Turkey Buzzard..." Wonderful song. I want to know if this song is available on CD/MP3. Everything in this movie is so grand & adventurous!!! I give it a 9/10. 10/10 is only reserved for films like Casablanca, Sound of <more>
Music, Where Eagles Dare, Titanic, Shawshank Redemption, and a few more...
Its more than jus a western movie. Nice cinematography n opening score. (by Fella_shibby)
Quincy Jones' opening score and the theme song Old Turkey Buzzard are so emotionally powerful especially combined with the magnificent photography that sometimes I will just play the beginning of the film for my enjoyment. This grand, sprawling western is an entertaining picture with mega cast names that results in an enjoyable adventure. Don't look on it as a typical western. It just happens to be set in a western setting. This movie is centered around GREED. Its directed by J. Lee Thompson The guns of navarone, cape fear . The direction is generally good, there is some striking <more>
photography of the desert landscapes, and sequences such as the fight scene between Mackenna and Colorado and the final earthquake are well handled. We also have quality thespians like Omar Sharif Hidalgo, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago . Eli Wallach The good, the bad n the ugly . Edward G. Robinson The Cincinnati Kid, The Ten Commandments . Raymond Massey How the West Was Won . Telly Savalas dirty dozen, cape fear, on her majestys secret service . Burgess Meredith Rocky, clash of the titans . Lee J. Cobb The Exorcist, Our Man Flint, 12 angry men, On the waterfront . Keenan Wynn The Mechanic, Point Blank, The Night of the Grizzly , Anthony Quayle Lawrence of Arabia, The guns of navarone n Ted Cassidy The Addams Family, Poor Pretty Eddie . Screenplay by Carl Foreman The Bridge over the River Kwai, High Noon, Guns of navarone . Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald The Sand Pebbles, Taras Bulba . Edited by Bill Lenny.
1969 was a very good year for westerns The Wild Bunch, True Grit , so this film went by without being noticed, but every second of it is enjoyable. Gregory Peck is great as always, Omar Sharif as Colorado does surprisingly well, also Julie Newmar as the Indian girl, Edward G. Robinson as Adams, Telly Savalas as an army officer. No doubt this was a precursor to Raiders of the Lost Ark. It is also very similar in certain scenes to the 1949 western "Lust For Gold". Seeing it today in DVD with widescreen is quite an experience, because of the beautiful way the scenery is shown it <more>
looks like Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon put together with a bit of fantasy also the unusual places the camera is placed, like at certain moments you are following the feet of the horses, or in other scenes you feel the camera is riding the horse.
Very "Bad"- and extremely watchable (by bushrod56)
Where do you start with reviewing this movie? Big cast mostly wasted. Shoddy but compelling special effects. This thing moves, at least, and I've watched it twice in the last year- after finally seeing it for the first time and never having read ONE good thing about it. I got totally caught up in it's basic insanity. It struck me as being sort of a mythological western- the fabulous lost gold canyon and all those intense, crazy people scrambling to find it. I would ask people to at least give this show a try and forget about things such as subtlety and logic and just enjoy the forward <more>
momentum and great scenery . Mr. Peck seems to be the only one in the movie with even a shred of sense.
See it – This is "Indiana Jones" disguised as a western. It is overflowing with action and adventure as a group of outlaws, Indians, soldiers, townspeople, and a sheriff played by Gregory Peck search for fabled treasure in the old west. The impressive cast also includes Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas, Eli Wallach, Edward G. Robinson, and Lee Cobb. Although most movies during this time period were very family friendly, be aware that in addition to some violence, this movie has one of the first female nude scenes in a western. So keep it in mind before watching it with the kiddos. But <more>
if you are looking for a movie with non-stop action, this is one of the most action-packed, epic westerns you'll ever see. You've got Indian fights, cavalry fights, gunfights, knife fights, tomahawk fights, and belt fights? No joke.