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With John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and James Caan onscreen and Howard Hawks directing it, you'd expect something a bit more memorable than this. Nevertheless, it's a very joyous picture for a rainy afternoon.
We've all seen those westerns that just aren't very good. You know what I mean, the characters aren't particularly memorable and the plot just drags on and on. El Dorado is a very good exception. The characters are well rounded and fleshed out, action and gunslinging is great, and the plot is tight with not too many pacing issues. Definitely a fine western.
Loved the humorous banter between Wayne and Mitchum and Wayne and Caan. It made for a lighter yet still rugged Western. Besides, who says cowboys don't have a sense of humor?
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This movie ranks #21 in 100 Westerns (BFI Screen Guide)
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