El Dorado

Synopsis: Hired gunman Cole Thornton turns down a job with Bart Jason as it would mean having to fight an old sheriff friend. Some months later he finds out the lawman is on the bottle and a top gunfighter is heading his way to help Jason. Along with young Mississippi, handy with a knife and now armed with a diabolical shotgun, Cole returns to help.
Director(s): Howard Hawks
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
126 min


A big fellow,

riding that Appaloosa stud out there,

he came in here a little while ago?

He in the washroom.

He shaves, he cleans up.


Hi, Cole.

That's a voice I'd know anywhere.

J P Harrah. Wait till I get

some of the soap out of my eyes.

I heard you were made sheriff...

- What's the idea of the gun?

- I don't know which side you're on.

- What do you mean?

- I heard you work for Bart Jason.

Nothing's set yet.

He offered me good money,

but I don't know what I have to do.

- Would you like to hear?

- Yeah, go ahead.


that's close enough to that gun.

I just wanted to see

if you'd slowed down any.

Not that much.

What were you saying about Jason?

He showed up here around the end

of the war with a pocketful of money.

Nobody can find out where he got it,

but everybody else

around here was broke.

- You know how it was.

- Yeah, all over Texas.

Having money, he started to grow.

But now he needs more water.

There's only one place to get it.

Trouble is, somebody was there

ahead of him. About 20 years ahead.

A man named MacDonald got here

when there was nothing

but Indians and coyotes.

Mr MacDonald's got four boys

and a girl, all worked real hard.

They hung together through the rough

times, and now things are looking up,

MacDonald's in no mind to sell.

So he's holding and Jason's pushing,

and I'm standing right in the middle.

It's not the way it was told to me.

That's the way it is. I guess

you're supposed to take care of me.

Not that I couldn't do it, Harrah,

but I don't think I'd like that.

I'm glad to hear you say that.

Not that I couldn't handle you,

but I wouldn't like that either.

Suppose I tell that Jason that

I had a long talk with you,

and you scared me off.

- Good enough?

- Good enough.

You can put that thing down now.

Something familiar about that gun.

I just had it fixed like yours.

You got lucky with it,

I thought I'd try it.

Cole Thornton, you decent? You'd

better be, 'cause I'm coming in.

Good to see you.

I didn't believe you were here.

I thought you'd forgotten

all about me, I thought...

Hi, JP.

- What's so funny?

- This whole thing.

Do you know what

she's laughing about?

I gather you knew him

before you knew me.

- I knew her when she was a kid.

- Didn't you know that, JP?

You never mentioned that. Until now,

I thought you had good taste.

Until now,

I thought she had good taste.

I'm awful glad you two are friends.

We may not be

when we think this over.

- Then I'm through with you both.

- We better get ourselves a new girl.

- Yeah.

- You better not.

I'm girl enough for you both.

Can I buy you a drink?

I'd like that, but I promised JP

I'd do something for him, didn't I?

- You did.

- If you want to do my errand...

No, you do your own work, Cole.

- Will you buy us that drink later?

- Sure will.

Where is this Bart Jason's place?

You take the main road

north out of town.

You cross the creek,

and you come to a big rock.

- Big rock.

- Right. That's MacDonald's boundary.


Ride east from there about 3 miles

and you get to Bart Jason's ranch.

Maudie, remember, I'm coming back.

- I left some things...

- I'll take care of it.


- You mad at me, JP?

- You know better than that, Maudie.

You must like that man.

- Want me to tell you about him?

- You don't have to.

I know I don't.

That's why I want to.

I met Cole right after my husband

was killed. I did tell you that.

- Yeah, you told me.

- There I was, stranded...

A gambler's widow,

not a chip to my name.

Cole was awful good to me. Gave me

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Leigh Brackett

Leigh Douglass Brackett (December 7, 1915 – March 18, 1978) was an American writer, particularly of science fiction, and has been referred to as the Queen of Space Opera. She was also a screenwriter, known for her work on such films as The Big Sleep (1946), Rio Bravo (1959), The Long Goodbye (1973) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980). She was the first woman shortlisted for the Hugo Award. more…

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