US drama 1961 color 184 min.
Director: Anthony Mann
CLV: out-of-print collectible
2 discs, catalog # CC1456L

Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren blaze up the screen in one of the greatest epic movies of all time. Based on the legendary exploits of the 11th century Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar, aka El Cid, who freed Spain from the Moors, the film is a lush exercise in sight and sound. Directed by Anthony Mann, El Cid features lavish settings, elaborate battle scenes, and an exhuberant score by Miklos Rosza.

Criterion's edition includes:

  • A Miklos Rosza discography and analysis by film historian Bruce Eder
  • Behind the scenes footage
  • Interviews with surviving cast and crew members
  • Theatrical trailers

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