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Cannon for Cordoba (1970)

PG-13 | | Action, Romance, Western | October 1970 (USA)
In 1916, when a Mexican rebel steals cannons from the American army, General Pershing sends out a group of misfits to retrieve the stolen weapons.

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Paul Wendkos

Writer:

Stephen Kandel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Peppard ... Capt. Rod Douglas
Giovanna Ralli ... Leonora
Raf Vallone ... Cordoba
Pete Duel ... Andy Rice
Don Gordon ... Jackson Harkness
Nico Minardos ... Peter
Gabriele Tinti ... Antonio
John Larch ... Warner
Francine York ... Sophia
John Russell ... John J. Pershing
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... Colonel Hammond
Hans Meyer ... Svedborg
Richard Pendrey Richard Pendrey ... Adam
Takis Emmanuel ... Campo
Janis Hansen Janis Hansen ... Girl
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Storyline

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. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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They aimed him at Cordoba's fortress, and pulled the trigger! The army followed, to pick up the pieces!


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Rated PG-13 for violence and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dragon Master See more »

Filming Locations:

Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the UK it was released as the supporting film in a double bill with the third "Virgil Tibbs" film, The Organization (1970). See more »

Quotes

Jackson Harkness: He's young, but he'll settle down.
Capt. Rod Douglas: How far? Six feet?
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Referenced in Guns for Hire: The Making of 'The Magnificent Seven' (2000) See more »

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Spike the cannons
22 March 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

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.


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