Mackenna's Gold (1969)

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    • Mackenna's Gold (1969)



      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas
      Information From IMDb

      Plot Summary
      The gangster Colorado kidnaps Marshal McKenna. He believes that McKenna has seen a map which leads to a rich vein of gold in the mountains and forces him to show him the way. But they're not the only ones who're after the gold; soon they meet a group of "honorable" citizens and the cavalry crosses their way too - and that is even before they enter Indian territory.
      Written by Tom Zoerner

      Full Cast
      Gregory Peck ... MacKenna
      Omar Sharif ... Colorado
      Telly Savalas ... Sgt. Tibbs
      Camilla Sparv ... Inga Bergmann
      Keenan Wynn ... Sanchez
      Julie Newmar ... Hesh-Ke
      Ted Cassidy ... Hachita
      Lee J. Cobb ... The Editor
      Raymond Massey ... The Preacher
      Burgess Meredith ... The Storekeeper
      Anthony Quayle ... Older Englishman
      Edward G. Robinson ... Old Adams
      Eli Wallach ... Ben Baker
      Eduardo Ciannelli ... Prairie Dog
      Dick Peabody ... Avifa
      Rudy Diaz ... Besh
      Robert Phillips ... Monkey
      Shelley Morrison ... Pima Squaw
      Robert Porter ... Young Englishman (as J. Robert Porter)
      David Garfield ... Adams' Boy (as John Garfield Jr.)
      Pepe Callahan ... Laguna
      Madeleine Taylor Holmes ... Old Apache woman
      Duke Hobbie ... Lieutenant
      Victor Jory ... Narrator
      Trevor Bardette ... (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Heck Allen (novel) (as Will Henry)
      Carl Foreman (screenplay)

      Original Music
      Quincy Jones

      Joseph MacDonald

      The canyon was purchased as unsafe by the movie company, and actually destroyed on film.

      One of George Lucas's projects while a student in film school was documenting the making of this film. While he was on set, he actually made suggestions (which were used) on how to rehearse and shoot some scenes.

      Acording to a 1996 biography, Clint Eastwood was first offered the lead role, but turned it down to make Hang 'Em High (1968) instead.

      The pool and waterfall where part of the action takes place was man-made and the water had to be hauled in by tanker truck.

      During the swimming scene at the pool Julie Newmar's character was supposed to be topless with a loincloth. In an interview Ms. Newmar stated that at the last minute she decided to do the scene nude and no-one, especially the male actors and crew, argued with her about the decision.

      The film was originally planned to be shown in single lens Cinerama with reserved seat roadshow engagements, but Columbia execs changed their minds and pulled the plug on that idea. The film was drastically cut down from nearly three hours plus an intermission to just over two hours. Although most of the film was photographed on 65mm stock, to save a buck, a handful of scenes were filmed in 35mm anamorphic and then optically blown up with disastrous results. The blown-up scenes are exceedingly grainy and have bad color.

      Factual errors: Shadows should point away from the sun, not towards it.

      Crew or equipment visible: During the chase toward the river, camera-vehicle tire tracks are visible in a shot of the Indians.

      Continuity: The cloud formation while jumping the earthquake chasm.

      Factual errors: As the sun rises, the shadow of shaking rock grows longer. In reality the shadow should become shorter as the sun rises higher.

      Continuity: The shadows on Prairie Dog change depending upon whether it is a long shot (he is in full sun) or close shot (his face is in part shadow).

      Factual errors: In a key scene, a lengthening shadow at sunrise points to the destination location. As the sun rises, shadows get shorter, not longer.

      Memorable Quote
      The Preacher: It can work for the lord as well as the devil!
      Colorado: Ai chihuahua.

      Filming Locations
      Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chinle, Arizona, USA
      Chinle, Arizona, USA
      Columbia/Sunset Gower Studios - 1438 N. Gower Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Glen Canyon, Utah, USA
      Johnson Canyon, Kanab, Utah, USA
      Kanab Movie Ranch - 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah, USA
      Kanab, Utah, USA
      Monument Valley, Arizona, USA
      Monument Valley, Utah, USA
      Oregon, USA
      Paria, Utah, USA
      Rogue River, Oregon, USA
      Snow Canyon State Park - 1002 Snow Canyon Drive, Ivins, Utah, USA


      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Mackenna's Gold (1969)

      Mackenna's Gold is a 1969 American western film directed by J. Lee Thompson,
      starring an ensemble cast featuring Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas,
      Ted Cassidy, Camilla Sparv and Julie Newmar in lead roles.
      It was photographed in Super Panavision 70 and Technicolor by Joseph MacDonald,
      with original music by Quincy Jones.

      Mackenna's Gold is based on the novel of the same name by Heck Allen
      using the penname Will Henry, telling the story of how the lure of gold
      corrupts a diverse group of people.
      The novel was loosely based on the legend of the Lost Adams Diggings
      crediting the Frank Dobie account of the legend
      (Apache Gold and Yaqui Silver) in the author's note.

      A great movie, with an unusual storyline and plot.
      Many top stars came together with talented character actors,
      to make this an enjoyable film.
      The pace of the film added to the story

      With a wonderful score by Quincy Jones,
      and cinematography in some of the iconic western locations,
      this is a memorable classic.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Mackenna's Gold (1969)

      I completely agree with Stumpy on this one. The obvious matte lines and rear projection take you right out of the story. Camilla Sparv and Omar Sharif are laughable, and nobody ever left the theater whistling "Old Turkey Buzzard".

      This is one which should be remade and stick to the novel.

      We deal in lead, friend.
    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Mackenna's Gold (1969)

      The big disappoint for me was the shadow of the pencil-shaped rock was moving totally in the wrong direction. Since the sun was just rising, the shadow would be longest at the start and get shorter with time.
      Cheers - Jay:beer:
      "Not hardly!!!"
    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Mackenna's Gold (1969)

      A great cast totally wasted. Not enough to do for most of them, and terrible effects. I only recently caught this on cable, and considering how much must have been spent on it, it still has a very cheap look.