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Cannon for Cordoba


Action / Romance / Western



In 1916, a Mexican rebel named Cordoba steals six cannons from the forces of General Pershing who's been sent to bring order to the Texas-Mexico border. Pershing assigns a soldier named Rod Douglas to retrieve the cannons. Douglas recruits a trio of misfits and they, along with a Mexican officer and an enigmatic woman, travel 200 miles south to Cordoba's mountain fortress. Explosions and gun battles soon erupt. —dinky-4 of Minneapolis


Paul Wendkos

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Reviewed by bkoganbing 4 /10

Spike the cannons

Cannon For Cordoba takes place during the Mexican Revolution of the teen years of the last century. Black Jack Pershing has gone into Mexico with a force. But you'll not hear the name of Pancho Villa mentioned in this film at all. Instead after a bandit named Cordoba played by Raf Vallone stole six artillery pieces from Pershing and taken them to his mountain stronghold, John Russell as Pershing has sent Captain George Peppard after them with a picked crew of Peppard's own choosing.

Peppard has his usual dissension in his ranks, but he's a man with a mission, he not only has to spike the cannons, but he has to bring Vallone out alive as the Mexican government wants to try him, then hang him. Making a tough job doubly difficult.

The Mexican Revolution period became a popular setting for various action adventure films starting with They Came To Codura in 1959 and the most popular was The Wild Bunch. It was an anarchic period in Mexican history with a lot of guys who were just bandits at one point setting themselves up as dictators over some piece of turf. Makes for a lot of good action/adventure films like those I mentioned.

Cannon For Cordoba next to those not to mention ones like Viva Zapata or Viva Villa just isn't that league.

Reviewed by ma-cortes 5 /10

Action , explosions and violence when a motley group goes through the Mexican frontier to track down the bandit Cordoba

Some cannons have been stolen by a Mexican gang led by Cordoba . Then Captain Douglas (George Peppard) is assigned by General Pershing (John Russell) a dangerous mission , he along with a misfit group (Don Gordon) set off in pursuit outlaw gunfighters on the Texas border , circa 1912 . Meanwhile , Douglas tries to free a Mexican village besieged by nasty band who are devastating the small location. Douglas is decided to take a group of prisoners (Nico Minardos and Pete Duel who committed suicide the next year) and strike a blow against the Mexican bandits . He goes to Territorial Prison where a bunch of misfits and other prisoners get a chance to redeem themselves . Later on , the captain attempts to take the robbed cannons and to trap the bandit Cordoba (Raf Vallone) , being helped by a Mexican officer named Antonio (Gabriele Tinti) and the beautiful Leonora (Giovanna Ralli) .

The story is partially similar to ¨ The professionals¨ by Richard Brooks , adding ¨Dirty dozen¨ by Robert Aldrich with customary outlaw gang formed by an eclectic team with diverse speciality , as dynamite or guns . Far-fetching tale but real action , taut excitement and amusement throughout . The film gets action Western, exciting riding, blow ups , shootouts , it's funny and entertaining , although nothing new but displays a television style. The movie contains some moment of grisly violence and even touching on the relationships between George Peppard and Giovanna Ralli . This is a drab , inferior imitation from the original and enduringly popular ¨The magnificent seven¨ by John Sturges, and results to be a standard actioner fare . George Peppard as two-fisted officer who employs soldier-of-fortune is pretty good and Don Gordon is nice as his obstinate helper . Large support cast mostly formed by American players as John Larch , John Rusell , Pete Duel and Italian as the gorgeous Giovanna Ralli , Raf Vallone and Gabriele Tinti and Spanish with ordinary players from Spaghetti as Aldo Sambrell , Chris Huerta and Barta Barri . Filmed in Spain on location of Hoyo Manzanares , La Pedriza (Madrid) and Andalucia, Almeria, where in the 60s and 70s were shot by the hundred Spaghetti Western . Colorful and glimmer cinematography by the Italian cameraman Antonio Macasoli . As always, breathtaking and memorable musical score by the master Elmer Berstein . The motion picture is regularly directed by Paul Wendkos , a usual TV movie director though also realized some Western for cinema as ¨The face of a fugitive¨ and ¨The magnificent seven ride¨ . Rating : Average .

Reviewed by hitchcockthelegend 8 /10

The trouble being a hero is the morning after.

Cannon for Cordoba is directed by Paul Wendkos and written by Stephen Kandel. It stars George Peppard, Giovanna Ralli, Raf Vallone, Pete Duel, Don Gordon, Nico Minardos, John Larch, John Russell and Francine York. A Panavision/De Luxe Color production, music is by Elmer Bernstein and cinematography by Antonio Macasoli.

"In 1912 the border between Texas and Mexico was aflame with the raids of Mexican bandit hordes who called themselves revolutionaries. To combat them the American government dispatched General John J. (Blackjack) Pershing to deal with the bandit raiders, one of the most dangerous of whom was General Hector Cordoba!"

A Paella Western crammed to the brim with machismo and action, Cannon for Cordoba is in desperate need of re-evaluation by the Pasta Western loving crowd.

The big problem the film has is that it is so indebted to a number of other "men on a mission" movies, it has struggled to gain credit for actually doing the format well. Undeniably the viewing experience is greatly helped if you are like me, a fan of such films like The Guns of Navarone, The Dirty Dozen, Where Eagles Dare, The Professionals and The Wild Bunch etc, because this is basically the Paella version of those films. Shot on location in Spain, with what now would be called a modest budget, it's pacey, explosive, pleasing in visuals and very well performed in the traditional Pasta Western sense. While the grim textures come courtesy of torture, sexual hostility and terrorism.

Plot basically entails U.S. Army Captain Rod Douglas (Peppard) taking a very small gathering of miscreants over the border into Mexico, their mission is to infiltrate Cordoba's (Vallone) mountain stronghold and destroy the cannons claimed by Cordoba's bandits earlier in the play. The threads that run through the plot see one of the group holding a grudge against his leader, another that has the lady of the mission operating on justifiable revenge driven ends, and with so many people wanting Cordoba dead, Douglas is up against it since he's under orders to bring the General back alive to face public trial and inevitable execution.

There's an unsubtle whiff of cynicism throughout the picture, the sly asides to the Vietnam War issue carrying a glint in the eye as cheeky as Peppard's performance. Oh it's no message movie, Wendkos and his team are firmly intent on tapping into the zeitgeist of those formula movies previously, there for sure is no overt attempts at political lecturing, but the scent is there and keeps the pic smelling wholesome.

Cast are the expected mixed bag for such a production. Peppard is every inch a Spaghetti Western anti-hero, perky blue eyes, stubbled face fuzz and constantly chomping on a cigar, he's the fulcrum of the viewing experience and he's great company to be in. Vallone is on wonderfully oily villain duties, yet charming into the bargain as well, Duel is nicely edgy and Ralli (I find it hard to write her name without swooning) is a sexual ball of deviousness. Wendkos favours tilted pan shots for his action scenes, which work to a point but then feel like, well, what's the point? While Bernstein provides a robust score that stirs the blood to boiling point.

Under seen and under valued? You betcha. 7.5/10

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