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They Came to Cordura (1959)

An army major, himself guilty of cowardice, is asked to recommend soldiers for the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Mexican Border Incursion of 1916.

Director:

Robert Rossen

Writers:

Ivan Moffat (screenplay), Robert Rossen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Major Thomas Thorn
Rita Hayworth ... Adelaide Geary
Van Heflin ... Sgt. John Chawk
Tab Hunter ... Lt. William Fowler
Richard Conte ... Cpl. Milo Trubee
Michael Callan ... Pvt. Andrew Hetherington
Dick York ... Pvt. Renziehausen
Robert Keith ... Colonel Rogers
Carlos Romero Carlos Romero ... Arreaga
Jim Bannon ... Capt. Paltz (as James Bannon)
Edward Platt ... Colonel DeRose
Maurice Jara Maurice Jara ... Mexican Federale
Sam Buffington ... 1st Correspondent
Arthur Hanson Arthur Hanson ... 2nd Correspondent
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Storyline

After a cavalry charge during the 1916 U.S. "war against Pancho Villa," unheroic awards officer Tom Thorn (who is obsessed with the nature of courage) recommends 4 men for the Medal of Honor. He is ordered back to Cordura with them...and prisoner Adelaide Geary, gringo who sheltered the enemy. On the arduous journey, Thorn's heroes show a different face, and Thorn may have one last chance to prove he's no coward. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Slashing Story of a Desert Warrior Who Fought His Way From HELL TO GLORY !


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1959 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ceux de Cordura See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During filming, Gary Cooper arranged for his daughter to "date" gay actor Tab Hunter. He'd previously arranged for her to "date" gay actor Anthony Perkins while they were filming Friendly Persuasion (1956), a film he hated. See more »

Goofs

One of the soldiers is singing the folk song Denver, which was written by Randy Sparks for the New Christy Minstrels in 1962. the movie is set in the Mexican Wars in 1916. See more »

Quotes

Major Thomas Thorn: [to Adelaide] Lady, you're definitely too logical for a woman.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue:

On the night of March 8th, 1916, a large mounted force of Mexican rebels under Pancho Villa crossed the American Border and attacked the town of Columbus, New Mexico, killing and wounding both American civilians and soldiers.

As a result of this action,the United States Army sent an expedition into Mexico with orders to capture Villa and disperse his forces.

It was during this campaign that one man, an United States Army officer,was forced to come face to face with two of the great fundamental questions that affect mankind:

What Is Courage? What Is Cowardice?

This is the story of his search for an answer. See more »

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Referenced in What's My Line?: Gary Cooper (1959) See more »

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faux flaws?
26 March 2005 | by rtravisSee all my reviews

This is in response to comments on 'They Came to Cordura' regarding its dramatic weakness and flawed camera work and editing.

The flaws may be real, but they might not be the fault of the filmmaker (writer-director Robert Rossen).

Reportly, the film was taken out of Rossen's hands by the studio and drastically cut and re-cut. The director's original version, about 1/2 hour longer, was apparently much better, making much more dramatic sense.

Further, the movie was shot in CinemaScope, and comments on its poor cinematography and editing are likely based on viewing a crude pan & scan video copy. Such artificial flaws are common with panned & scanned widescreen movies.

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