El Cid
El Cid (1961)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 29, 2008
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

Starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren at their prime, Anthony Mann's grand historical epic is still much admired by viewers and directors.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Not many filmmakers could make the transition to epic filmmaking with all their signature touches intact; Anthony Mann more or less succeeds.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Charleton Heston is the perfect mythic conflicted hero.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

entertaining epic

Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

To say that El Cid is the most intelligent of the elephantine epics of the early '60s is to damn it with faint praise.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
William Sleet
After revisiting The Cid - after a gap of a couple of decades - I have to confess an about-turn. I have always remembered at as stagy, very silly and, more… More
AJ Verser
Yes this movie is insanely long, but it's also insanely fantastic too! I loved Loren and Heston together in this movie. The story is epic, and I'm… More
Chris Weber
A favorite of Martin Scorsese (who declared it one of the best epic films ever made), this marked a turning point for historical epics, from Hollywood to… More
Mister Caple
Nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture, this Samuel Bronston production was one of the most spectacular mega-produced epics ever made that was astounding… More
Matheus Carvalho
Produção baseada na lendária história do herói espanhol, El Cid faz parte do mesmo tecido dos grandes épicos hollywoodianos populares nas décadas de 50 e 60:… More
Jeremy Smith
Very Epical (if that is an adjective) you can't get more epic than the crusades. Way too slow and long though.