Melbourne Cinémathèque The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Vera Cruz

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Robert Aldrich’s fourth feature is one of the most influential, expressive and prescient Westerns of the 1950s.

Shot largely in Mexico, and paving the way for the more cynical, self-conscious and critical approaches to the genre found in The Professionals, The Wild Bunch and many Spaghetti Westerns, it focuses on US mercenaries helping to transport a precious cargo for Emperor Maximilian.

An often-wry post-Civil War tale of double-cross and porous allegiances, it features a stellar cast including Burt Lancaster, Gary Cooper, Ernest Borgnine and Charles Bronson.