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El Cid

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Released 1961

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El Cid

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Director:
Anthony Mann
Released:
1961
Rating:
R

El Cid is a 1961 historical drama movie about the life of Rodrigo Diaz De Bivar, better known as El Cid (Charlton Heston). El Cid is a Castilian Spanish nobleman and general in the 11th century court of King Ferdinand. While fiercely brave and loyal, El Cid hates violence and killing and faces trial for showing mercy to a group of Islamic captives. His beloved fiancee, Chimene (Sophia Loren), is the daughter of his accuser, whom he ends up killing in a duel. When King Ferdinand dies, there is rivalry for the throne between his two sons, and Alfonso succeeds when Sancho is murdered . Eventually, the situation with the Islamic Moors of Spain reaches a boiling point, and El Cid must take his place as general and drive Moorish invaders out of the country, laying siege to the city of Valencia. This film features a riveting soundtrack composed by Miklos Rozsa and some of the most amazing battle scenes in classic cinema.

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    Classics, Love & Romance, Epics