El Dorado
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Having struck pay dirt with his 1958 western Rio Bravo, Howard Hawks more or less remade the picture twice in the 1960s. The first of these rehashes was El Dorado, with Rio Bravo star John Wayne back for more. Wayne plays a gunfighter who rides into El Dorado to link up with his old pal, sheriff Robert Mitchum ("It's the big one with the big two!" declared the film's advertisements). Wayne has turned down a job with evil land baron Ed Asner, who'd hoped to drive a family off the land that he needed for its water. That family, headed by R.G. Armstrong, is convinced that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hawks makes a familiar plot resound strangely with a new set of sexual overtones."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Vivid story telling and a late take on the Western genre as a whole."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Hawks and his cast and crew make El Dorado seem so easy. It's like a refined blockbuster that's confident in hitting its ability to hit the right notes."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Wayne and Mitchum pair up for the first time in a western, and very good it is too."
‑ , Film4
"El Dorado is an effortless movie, and it draws you in easily."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An excellent oater drama, laced with adroit comedy and action relief, and set off by strong casting, superior direction and solid production."
‑ , Variety
"Even looked at with today's eye, El Dorado is a thrilling movie with great characters and a brilliant image of the mythical old west."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"a loose and extended mediation on Hawks's favorite themes of loyalty and professionalism."
‑ Paul Brenner, Filmcritic.com
"As the middle panel in Hawks' Western trilogy (all starring John Wayne), the film is not as fresh as Rio Bravo, but it's superior to the third segment, Rio Lobo in 1970, due to the strong characterization and chemistry between Wayne and Robert Mitchum"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Howard Hawks is too good a director to depend upon stereotyped violence to keep the interest of the audience, and his well-made scenes between Wayne, Mitchum, Arthur Hunicutt and James Cann never lag for a moment."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...one can hardly resist the charisma of its stars, the affectionate guidance of its director-producer, and the comfort of its supporting cast."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"EL DORADO addresses the standard Hawks themes of group loyalty and professionalism, but is also a poignant meditation on the passing of the old and the coming of the new."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It takes a long time getting to the final shootout."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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