Mackenna’s Gold – 1969 – English
Western film directed in 1969 by J. Lee Thompson, and starring Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas, Camilla Sparv, Julie Newmar, Keenan Wynn, Ted Cassidy, Eduardo Ciannelli, Eli Wallach, Burgess Meredith, Edward G. Robinson, Lee J. Cobb, Raymond Massey, Anthony Quayle, Rudy Diaz, Robert Phillips, Shelley Morrison, Duke Hobbie, Dick Peabody, Victor Jory…
Synopsis: 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 are 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.
Review: This movie will always remain a favorite on my list. It deserves its rightful place as one of the best western movies ever made.
The cast is good with some powerful performances including Gregory Peck as the small town sheriff who accidentally stumbles onto a treasure map leading to a gold mine protected by the Apache Indians. The outdoor locations in this movie (with The Grand Canyon as the back drop) are simply breath-taking.
The story is fast paced with lot of action scenes including some thrilling footage of high speed horse chases. If you like western genre, don’t miss this one. You will not be disappointed. It has everything – story, cast, locations, horses, shooting and a very happy ending.