www.testfreaks.com

Reviews, reviews, reviews...

El-cid.33991617
8.5 out of 10

El Cid

Best Price at Amazon

Reviews and Problems with El Cid

Showing 1-10 of 15
Overall 9
9.0

Heston embodies a mythical figure of legendary proportions…

Righty-Sock (robertfrangie@hotmail.com), IMDb
30 March 2008
  • Summary: Aroused by a fanatical Moorish warlord, emir-king attack a Castilian village, where they are captured by Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar… Vigorously brave and compassionate, the noble Rodrigo hates bloodshed and vows to see his country at peace, frees the prisoners on their solemn pledge never again to attack Castile… For this act of courage and mercy, one of the Emirs, Moutamin, calls Rodrigo "El Cid," and pledges eternal friendship to the Cid of Vivar… And so, in freeing the...
  • Read full review
Overall 8
8.0

El Cid, Spanish Champion & Hero

lovette-bennett, IMDb
27 September 2006
  • Summary: I saw this movie when I was only 17, and it was an inspiration to me. It made me love Spain, its people and its history, and learn Spanish. I wasn't so much into Charlton Heston as I was into any movies that had Yul Brynner in them, but I thought the portrayal of Don Rodrigo de Bevar was done well by Heston, and I adored Sophia Loren.
  • Read full review
Overall 9
9.0

A certain scene in 'El Cid'

MickRibbons, IMDb
30 June 2005
  • Summary: I think this is a particularly interesting and entertaining film. Sophia Loren is one of my favourite actresses and Charlton Heston never fails to deliver when he is cast in epic films, El Cid, Ben Hur, Moses.etc. One really moving incident in 'El Cid' never ceases to disturb me and it is after El Cid (Charlton Heston)is exiled and rejected by his future wife, Chimene (Sophia Loren).
  • Read full review
Overall 10
10

Totally Utterly Brilliant

Patriciaenola, IMDb
30 March 2005
  • Summary: Having recently seen it for the umpteenth time (lost count) I can only say that Charlton Heston was the right choice, (Who else?) and Sophia Loren was totally beyond compare. So many of the "minor" characters were so good, Douglas Wilmer's Moutamin, brilliant and Genevieve Page, a wonderful Urraca, there was a subtle performance for you, just a trifle not quite appropriate, in her very obvious affection for the younger brother - a trifle suspicious, but she played it...
  • Read full review
Overall 10
10

Sweeping medieval drama at its best

talonz51, IMDb
29 August 2004
  • Summary: I was debating how to vote on this one as it is one of my favorite movies of all time, and only if I felt something was missing would I not give it a 10. Well I couldn't think of a single thing missing or that could've been done better in this movie, so this is the first 10/10 or 5/5 I have given. Seriouslly, its that good. I am very particular about my movies. There has to be good story, characters, action, cinematography and attention to detail and authenticity.
  • Read full review

Grim, Ponderous, Moving, Magnificent

Danusha_Goska Save Send Delete, IMDb
30 April 2004
  • Summary: Grim, Ponderous, Moving, Magnificent I'm a girl and have a girl's taste in movies. If I'm going to watch a movie with a lot of sword fights, oppressed peasants, and corrupt kings, I want it to be a swashbuckler, preferably one starring Errol Flynn. Swashbucklers bring a lot of humor to otherwise unbearable dramatic situations. "El Cid" presents unbearable dramatic situations, and it is not a laugh riot.
  • Read full review
Overall 10
10

Indellible

dbwiii, IMDb
17 February 2004
  • Summary: I watched this on the big screen when I was very very young, but this epic film left an indellible impression on me. I have to consider this to be one of the best films I ever watched. Heston and Loren made a beautiful pair in this epic. The transformation of Loren's hatred to love for Heston was a highlight of the show. A few scenes that stood out in my mind was: 1. The jousting scene 2.
  • Read full review
Overall 10
10

Simply, the best

Critical Eye UK, IMDb
13 February 2003
  • Summary: It does, of course, make for very expensive home viewing, to whit; one widescreen television (28 inch minimum); one set of surround-sound speakers; one good quality DVD player. But after that though, just sit down and sit back. Because every penny that's been invested in a Home Cinema set-up will earn its keep -- just as every dime that went into the making of this movie likewise pays back many times over. Mann didn't invent the epic.
  • Read full review
Overall 10
10

"The Greatest Film Ever Made"

egrorian, IMDb
9 September 2001
  • Summary: Although generally regarded as "good but not great", I consider "El Cid" to be the best film ever made. The film always flies past for me, no matter how many times I've seen it and is virtually perfect. Each character is memorable and well-acted (with the possible exception of Sophia Loren's Chimene) - stand outs are Heston, Genevieve Page as Uraca, John Fraser as Alphonso, Gary Raymond as Sancho and Raf Vallone as Ordonez, but the all the supporting roles are performed...
  • Read full review
Overall 9
9.0

One of the classic epic films of all time

cinemel, IMDb
15 March 1999
  • Summary: In 1961 Anthony Mann's epic tale of the Spanish hero "El Cid" burst across the wide screens of theatres. This was the kind of film that 70mm was made for. Charlton Heston is Rodrigo de Bivar, and Sophia Loren is his legendary love, Chimene. Their course of love will not be a smooth one. When he kills her father as a matter of honor, she vows vengeance and sets in motion the series of events which will forever change their lives.
  • Read full review
Next page >>