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El Dorado

El Dorado
Starring: John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan & Arthur Hunnicutt. Directed by Howard Hawks
   Paramount Pictures • Copyright 1966
Sheriff Harran's deputy Bull Harris (Arthur Hunnicutt), uses this stunt Colt Model 1855 Revolving Rifle .44 caliber percussion in this classic John Wayne movie.
El Dorado is a 1966 Western that is considered the second film in Howard Hawks' "trilogy" of films that featured John Wayne, in a story of a sheriff who must defend his office against an aggressive outlaw element in the town. The other two films are 1959's Rio Bravo and 1970's Rio Lobo. In this film, John Wayne stars as Colt Thornton, a gunfighter who helps an old friend protect a group of ranchers from a rival who had previously hired Colt.
Shot in Old Tucson, AZ, the film was Duke's 138th picture. Film footage from El Dorado was later incorporated into the opening of John Wayne's final film, The Shootist.


In the Broken Saloon at El Dorado, two old friends, each with a reputation, meet again. But Sheriff J.P. Harrah (Robert Mitchum) greets Cole Thornton (John Wayne) with a pointed rifle. Harrah has heard his friend now works for Bart Jason (Edward Asner). Thornton admits Jason offered him good money, but he doesn't know what he has to do to earn it.

Harrah explains that Jason showed up here around the end of the war with a pocketful of money and nobody could find out where he got it, but everybody else around here was broke Having money, he started to grow, but now he needs more water There's only one place to get it; trouble is, somebody was there ahead of him, about 20 years ahead - his name is Kevin MacDonald (R. G. Armstrong).

MacDonald's got four boys and a girl. All worked real hard. They hung together through the rough times; now things were looking up, MacDonald was not ready to sell, so he's holding out and Jason was pushing, and the sheriff was standing right in the middle.

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