He learns that the men are trying to bring out Monson, a black man accused of murdering a local trader. There are some similarities to John Sturges' Eastwood vehicle Joe Kidd also written by Elmore Leonard and Andrew V. Willard is captured and tortured. He kidnaps Cypher's mistress Susan Clark to force the rancher's hand. He is contracted to act as a scout for an Army cavalry unit. The dreamy young man despises guns and fights likes poems and prefers bicycles to horses.
Monson fires back, and Lancaster is forced to kill him. Since Cypher has the law on his side, Valdez is obliged to mete out his own justice. Jonah not only secures freedom by accepting this task, he also gets revenge on the man who slayed his wife and child. As noted in Filmfacts, Valdez Is Coming marked the last film of longtime actor Frank Silvera 1914-1970. Since Cypher has the law on his side, Valdez is obliged to mete out his own justice. The closing credits indicate that interiors for Valdez Is Coming were filmed in Estudios Roma, Madrid and exteriors in Almeria and Gredos, Spain. When Valdez comes face to face with Tanner, the true colors of both men are shown.
Discover the latest Discussions, Reviews, Quotes, Theories, Explanations and Analysis of Valdez Is Coming 1971 below. It also adopts some characteristics of the Italian revenge western, but the story is more about dignity and pride than the ritual blood-calls-for-blood philosophy of the spaghetti westerns. At first, Cypher is able to rally a group of tough hombres against Valdez, but one by one they side with the marshal. There are some nice hints at Freudian and biblical themes like repressed sexuality and fratricide, but none of them is adequately developed. Jess sneaks away and brings reinforcements just in time to save the day.
Director Edwin Sherin, who'd helmed the Broadway production of , makes several rather anachronistic points regarding the film's racial issues; on the other hand, Valdez is Coming is one of the most-authentic looking westerns ever made-right down to the deglamorization of Susan Clark, who in a 1950s film might have looked as though she'd just visited a frontier branch of Max Factor. The film tells the story of Bob Valdez Lancaster , a law-abiding Marshal who prides himself on his ethics. After Lancaster calms the group Monson comes out only to be shot at by a still angry vigilante. At first, Cypher is able to rally a group of tough hombres against Valdez, but one by one they side with the marshal. Burt Lancaster is a blue-eyed Mexican called Bob Valdez, a constable of a border town, who tries to interfere in a conflict involving a black man who is trapped by a gun runner John Cypher and his men. Synopsis Adapted from an Elmore Leonard novel, Valdez is Coming stars Burt Lancaster in the title role.
At one point he digs up and dons an old army uniform, and we're told that he has a history as an Indian hunter. Valdez is freed by one of Tanner's henchmen Richard Jordan and, after convalescing, begins waging a one-man war against Tanner, picking off his men with his trusty Sharps rifle. The picture also marked the directorial debut of Edwin Sherin and the feature film debut of Jon Cypher. Valdez kidnaps Cypher's mistress Gay Erin Susan Clark in hopes of making Tanner fess up to his illegalities. Thanks to Lancaster's acting we accept that there's so much suppressed anger in the old man. Bob discovers that the black man is probably innocent, but is forced to kill him in self-defense.
Kane spares Martin, but only after shooting his hands. Martin trains his new student and both men seek out Billy Kane. First, however, Valdez must defend himself against many of the men who have come to kill him. Now his three teachers footpads all of them shall teach him otherwise. The script, based on the Elmore Leonard novel, is well-plotted, with some real unexpected twists and revelations, and an anti-climactic surprise-ending that is particularly effective. When rancher Frank Tanner Jon Cypher hoodwinks local lawman Bob Valdez Burt Lancaster into shooting an innocent man, Valdez is remorseful and tries to take up a collection for the widow. Valdez is Coming is a 1971 American Western film directed by Edwin Sherin and starring Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, and Frank Silvera.
. Like most of these productions, Valdez is Coming appears to acknowledge the influence of the spaghetti western without showing much understanding for it. But it also tries to make some statements about racial prejudice and bigotry, turning the affair into some kind of message movie. In an epic gunfight, Valdez manages to kill each of the men sent against him by Tanner. Some of the other actors fare less well. In November 1968, Hollywood Reporter noted that Valdez Is Coming was put on hold so that Lancaster could complete the 1970 Universal production of Airport. Tanner won't hear of it, however, and punishes Valdez by driving him into the desert with a cross strapped to his back.
Davis as Rider as Polly as Merchant as Inez as Tracker as Apache Woman as Bartender as Rincon as Mexican Buyer as Bodyguard as Diego as Bodyguard as Inez as Apache Woman as Merchant as Mexican Buyer as Polly as Rincon as Bartender as Tracker. When the Production Code lost its regulatory authority in the late 1960s, however, reported cases of animal abuse in film productions increased. Jess learns that the man he has been hunting is none other than Willard Grange. Years later, Martin meets an escaped convict, wrongly convicted for the train robbery. Lancaster is a Mexican-American peace officer who runs across a party of men blasting guns at a shack. As a thriller-western Valdez is Coming is quite good.
While at first Tanner is able to get the town on his side, they slowly begin to realize that Valdez is on the right side of the law. The result is a somewhat indistinct if highly enjoyable genre outing. Tell them Valdez is coming. Furthermore his transformation from a vulnerable, even pitiful victim into a hardened killer is handled very well. When he is double-cross by greedy rancher Frank Tanner Jon Cypher , he must take drastic actions to prove his innocence. A scrupulously honest Mexican-American marshal, Bob Valdez is double-crossed and humiliated by wealthy, unscrupulous rancher Jon Cypher. He kidnaps Cypher's mistress Susan Clark to force the rancher's hand.