El Cid
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren at their prime, Anthony Mann's grand historical epic is still much admired by viewers and directors."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Not many filmmakers could make the transition to epic filmmaking with all their signature touches intact; Anthony Mann more or less succeeds."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Charleton Heston is the perfect mythic conflicted hero."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"entertaining epic"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"To say that El Cid is the most intelligent of the elephantine epics of the early '60s is to damn it with faint praise."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
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