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El Cid Details

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When French playwright Pierre Corneille wrote El Cid, a fanciful version of the life of 11th-century Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar, aka "El Cid", an attempt was made to honor the "classic unities" and to compress the whole story into a single day! Be assured that the 1961 film version of El Cid is more faithful to the actual chronology. Charlton Heston adds one more character to his gallery of historical portrayals as El Cid, the disgraced Spanish knight who rids his country of its Moorish conquerors. The triumphs of El Cid's military life are not matched by his private affairs; he is betrayed by his bride Chimene (Sophia Loren) and is made a political pawn by the avaricious Spanish landowners. El Cid has a climax unique in the annals of movie epics: the final assault against the landgrabbers is led by a dead hero. El Cid established the short but generally profitable reign of producer Samuel Bronston as the King of the Epics; his imprint on the film is much stronger than that of director Anthony Mann. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 14, 1961

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Veniero Colasanti Best Color Art Direction 1961 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Miklos Rozsa Best Original Score 1961 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Miklos Rozsa Best Drama or Comedy Score 1961 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Miklos Rozsa Best Song 1961 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Anthony Mann Best Director 1961 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Anthony Mann Best Director 1961 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Francis Webster Best Song 1961 Nominee

Cast

Charlton Heston
as Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar/El Cid
Sophia Loren
as Chimene
Raf Vallone
as Count Ordonez
Gary Raymond
as Prince Sancho
Ralph Truman
as King Ferdinand
John Fraser
as Prince Alfonso
Geneviève Page
as Princess Urraca
Michael Hordern
as Don Diego
Gerard Tichy
as King Ramirez
Hurd Hatfield
as Count Arias
Massimo Serato
as Fanez
Carlo Giustini
as Bermudez
Douglas Wilmer
as Moutamin
Frank Thring
as Al Kadir
Herbert Lom
as Ben Yussuf
Nerio Bernardi
Fausto Tozzi
as Dolfos
Barbara Everest
as Mother Superior
Franco Fantasia
as Soldier
Tullio Carminatti
as Priest
Franco Fantasia
as Soldier
Barbara Everest
as Mother Superior
Fausto Tozzi
as Dolfos

Crew

Anthony Mann
Director
Robert Haggiag
Producer
Anthony Mann
Producer
Philip Yordan
Screenwriter
Diego Fabbri
Screenwriter
Manuel Berenguer
Cinematographer
Robert Krasker
Cinematographer
Miklos Rozsa
Composer (Music Score)
Veniero Colasanti
Production Designer
Veniero Colasanti
Art Director
Michael Waszynski
Associate Producer
Veniero Colasanti
Set Designer
Veniero Colasanti
Costume Designer
Jack Erickson
Special Effects
Yakima Canutt
Stunts
Leon Chooluck
Production Manager
Mario Van Riel
Makeup
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