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El Cid (Italy / USA / UK, 1961)

Directed by Anthony Mann. Cast: Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, Genevieve Page, John Fraser, Gary Raymond, Hurd Hatfield, Massimo Serato, Herbert Lom, Ralph Truman. Eleventh-century Spain is divided into Christian kingdoms and Moorish strongholds. The young Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar, a Castillian knight who has been dubbed El Cid [El Cid Campeador "The Lord Champion"] by his followers, vows to free his country from the invader. This epic tale romanticizes the years of love, warfare, revenge, rivalries, as El Cid becomes a revered warrior. Much of the movie was shot on location in Spain - including the castles of Belmonte (Cuenca) and Peniscola (Castellon). Special features: Disc 1: Feature commentary with Bill Bronston (son of producer) and Neal M. Rosendorf, vintage radio interviews with Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren, still galleries; filmographies ; Disc 2: "Hollywood conquers Spain: the making of El Cid", "Samuel Bronston: the epic journey of a dreamer", "Behind the camera: Anthony Mann and El Cid", "Miklos Rozsa: maestro of the movies", "Preserving our legacy: Gerry Byrne on film preservation and restoration", trailer gallery. 188 min.Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database