Alvarez Kelly (1966)

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    • Alvarez Kelly (1966)



      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas

      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Suave Mexican cattleman Alvarez Kelly has little interest in the Civil War except to make some money.
      But after a long drive to deliver cattle to the Unionists he finds himself kidnapped by
      Confederate Colonel Tom Rossiter. With his hungry troops surrounded in Richmond
      the Colonel intends, one way or the other, to persuade Kelly to help steal the herd
      and move it into town.
      Written by Jeremy Perkins

      Full Cast
      William Holden ... Alvarez Kelly
      Richard Widmark ... Col. Tom Rossiter
      Janice Rule ... Liz Pickering
      Patrick O'Neal ... Major Albert Stedman
      Victoria Shaw ... Charity Warwick
      Roger C. Carmel ... Capt. Angus Ferguson
      Richard Rust ... Sergeant Hatcher
      Arthur Franz ... Capt. Towers
      Don 'Red' Barry ... Lt. Farrow (as Donald Barry)
      Duke Hobbie ... John Beaurider
      Harry Carey Jr. ... Cpl. Peterson
      Howard Caine ... McIntyre
      Mauritz Hugo ... Ely Harrison
      Barry Atwater ... General Kautz (as G.B. Atwater)
      Robert Morgan ... Capt. Williams
      Paul Lukather ... Capt. Webster
      Stephanie Hill ... Mary Ann
      Indus Arthur ... Melinda
      Clint Ritchie ... Union Lt.
      Ivan Browning ... Waiter (uncredited)
      Pepe Callahan ... Pancho (uncredited)
      Arlene Charles ... Bordello Girl (uncredited)
      Roberto Contreras ... Sanchez (uncredited)
      Scatman Crothers ... Bellhop (uncredited)
      Boone Dugas ... Extra (uncredited)
      Barbara Eaton ... Bordello Girl (uncredited)
      Jacqueline Fontaine ... Bordello Girl (uncredited)
      Anthony Ghazlo Sr. ... Waiter (uncredited)
      Peter Goff ... Union Sentry (uncredited)
      Sonya Harrison ... Ellie (uncredited)
      Patrick Hawley ... Confederate Officer (uncredited)
      Bill Holliday ... Union Lt. Cox (uncredited)
      Jerry Leggio ... Telegrapher (uncredited)
      Walter Maslow ... Confederate Officer (uncredited)
      John McKee ... Finley (uncredited)
      Mantan Moreland ... Bartender (uncredited)
      Sally Nichols ... Bordello Girl (uncredited)
      Joyce Perry ... Bordello Girl (uncredited)
      Pedro Regas ... Mexican Manservant (uncredited)
      Sherry Staiger ... Geraldine - the Madame (uncredited)
      Frank Sully ... Prisoner (uncredited)
      Hal Taggart ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
      Jan Watson ... Bordello Girl (uncredited)
      Guy Wilkerson ... Jailer (uncredited)
      James Wood ... Union Officer (uncredited)
      Grant Woods ... Captain Freeman (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Franklin Coen (written by)
      Elliott Arnold uncredited
      Daniel Taradash uncredited

      Original Music
      Johnny Green

      Joseph MacDonald

      70mm version released in Spain.

      William Holden and Richard Widmark became good friends during the production of the film
      When Widmark became ill with the flu and was confined to his room
      Holden bought him a snare drum because he knew Widmark played the drums.
      Widmark later remarked,
      "That four months of being constantly together on a film location was the equivalent of
      ten or fifteen years of friendship."

      Both William Holden and director Edward Dmytryk were concerned about the script of the film
      before production even began.
      At one point during filming, Holden, who was hung-over and dealing with an unruly horse,
      became angry and tried shoving the script up the horse's rear, yelling,
      "That's where it belongs!"

      Production was shut down for six months when William Holden contracted salmonella,
      and the film had to be finished in Hollywood.

      While dining in Baton Rouge, William Holden and Richard Widmark ran into Steve McQueen,
      who was filming Nevada Smith in the same area. McQueen and Holden
      wound up drinking together the rest of the evening.

      This was based upon the actual "Beefsteak Raid" of September 14-16, 1864.

      Factual errors
      The artillery pieces used are standard cannons (smoothbore guns) and not howitzers.
      Howitzers have short barrels, and are angled upwards like a modern mortar.

      Revealing mistakes
      Despite the firepower of the Union Cavalry at the bridge, not one steer is seen to fall down dead or wounded.
      There are fallen cattle seen after the herd has crossed the bridge,
      but these are obviously live cattle with their legs tied, as can be seen when they struggle to stand up.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
      Clinton, Louisiana, USA

      Watch this Clip

      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) Civil War Movies- Alvarez Kelly (1966)

      Alvarez Kelly is a 1966 war film set in the American Civil War
      starring William Holden and Richard Widmark.
      The film was based on the real-life Beefsteak Raid of September 1864 led by
      Confederate Major General Wade Hampton III.

      User Review
      The Ay-Ay-Irish Senor
      31 May 2005 | by bkoganbing (Buffalo, New York)

      Alvarez Kelly, Mexican national, has just sold a herd of cattle to the North during the American Civil War.
      Yankee Major Stedman insists he accompany the cattle all the way to Richmond
      where they're to feed Grant's troops besieging the city. Only Confederate Cavalry hero Tom Rossiter
      has different ideas for the cattle and for Kelly.

      William Holden as Kelly and Richard Widmark as Tom Rossiter settle down in roles familiar to them.
      Ever since Sunset Boulevard Bill Holden has brought us a fine line of cynical protagonists to the silver screen.
      Holden's good, but he's not breaking any new ground here.

      Richard Widmark as Rossiter is a bit more idealistic than Kelly, but only because he believes in a cause.
      He's no less cynical than Kelly in his methods of getting Kelly's cooperation in his scheme.
      The scheme being to get the cattle passed union lines to Richmond.
      We're not talking here about slavery and the causes of the Civil War.
      Just the prevention of disease and starvation.

      The only other larger role of note is Patrick O'Neal as Major Stedman of the Union Army.
      He is such and unctuous and boring man and written deliberately so by the writers
      that we will understand why Kelly is tempted by the Confederate offer.
      Of course Widmark uses other forms of persuasion, but you have to see the movie for that.

      It's a nice action film by two very capable male stars who were passed the peak years
      of their respective careers in the Fifties. Also you will not be able to get the title song,
      sung by the Kingston Trio over the opening credits out of your mind. Very catchy indeed.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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