Vera Cruz (1954) - Adventure, Western

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During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of American adventurers are hired by the forces of Emporer Maximilian to escort a countess to Vera Cruz.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster
Length: 94 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 3 out of 60 found boring (5%)

One-line Reviews (38)

He stumbles across Joe Erin (Lancaster)..their first encounter is a hoot & gets this movie off on a rousing note.. ...

It could have been an excellent film, but is still entertaining and well worth watching.

Not quite powerful enough a to be a great film, but fun enough to be enjoyable even on 2nd viewing.

There's an engaging story to tell, and it actually follows real events remarkably closely.

The battles scenes are well staged and exciting and the wide screen photography is spectacular.

I came to this film on the strength of the names involved and was nicely surprised to find that, although it isn't anything special, it is enjoyable and entertaining.

Entertaining for genre buffs--though with so many disparate talents on-board, the results were bound to be a bit bewildering.

An enjoyable western that relies heavily on the characters to drive the narrative – something the professional lead two respond well to .

Webb is pretty basic but holds your interest until the exciting climatic Shotdown .

Men of honor are always dull on screen.

On a technical level, Aldrich's handling of the battle scenes and shootouts makes for rousing good fun, almost belying the message he is pushing.

Cooper's character comes across as rather dull.

Sarita Montiel whose sensuality draws lustful aggression from Bronson's peripheral tough-guy, Pittsburgh, flourished more beauty to this exciting Western...

and bland and the film never seems all that interesting.

It's an entertaining and often suspenseful movie that is well-crafted with plenty of action as well.

Two compelling characters become both friends and enemies, all building up to a fabulous finish.

Featuring Gary Cooper at his most laconic and Burt Lancaster at his most engaging, along with a wonderful supporting cast, this is one of the classic westerns that any fan of the genre or of the stars should see.

Not that this matters, because the action is fairly entertaining anyway, in a shallow kind of way.

Vera Cruz is a very entertaining action filled south of the border western featuring two Hollywood superstars on different paths in their careers.

The intriguing plot, the double-crossing, sleazy, elegant, back-stabbing, playing-the-angles crew, all working amidst a major rebellion keeps you on your toes.

It is odd to see such able and prestigious performers as Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster plodding their way through a leaden script that is one trite excuse for a shoot-out after another.

Overall then a professional and entertaining western that trades heavily on the interplay between the characters.

(Flash Review)This had double-crossing, horse and carriage gun and sword battles, royal guards with Countess, gold and two gruff and sassy cowboys yet while entertaining, I didn't care about anyone.

"Vera Cruz" is a very entertaining film.

Enjoyable, cartoon nonsense about a group of American mercenaries who flee the recently defeated Confederacy for employment in the French Emporer Maximilian's army.

And yet, despite all this, the violence is portrayed in a casual and frenetically enjoyable style.


"Vera Cruz" is a very entertaining western directed by the great director Robert Aldrich and with excellent performances of Burt Lancaster and Gary Cooper.

Stylistically Hang 'em High is a snoozefest even though it had a compelling revenge motif and a brutal hanging to enliven the pace.

And this is no coincidence – for the films of Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci et al were not anti-Westerns, they were more like hyper-Westerns, turning every cliché up to the max and stripping out all the twee niceties of the friendly cowboy flick.

Although a bit dry and draggy in spots, "Vera Cruz" is, for most of its length, a largely entertaining and enjoyable Western.

Perhaps his gun was just empty.

The result was everyone was super tall and skinny making it at the time more laughable then it was enjoyable.

In a time when Westerns were dominated by John Wayne and his moralistic, conservative and boring characters, the Western genre was rarely not boring.

Beyond its status as a cinematic landmark is a damned enjoyable film, regardless of what one makes of it.

Entertaining , moving and violent film set in Mexican Revolution in which a pair of two-fisted characters confront enemies in diverse sides .

Compelling film about badass American gunslingers in Mexico is one of my favorite westerns.

Rousing as well as emotive musical score by the classical Hugo Friedhofer .