This is my 3493rd Review
Thanks to Michael E. for this recommendation.
Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Nov 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A Spanish knight works to help try and unite the Kingdoms of Spain against the advancing Moor armies.
My Take on it – Mike has been trying to get me to watch this film for quite some time and finally found a way to do so.
Charlton Heston was always a great actor in epic roles filled with religious undertones (or overtones) and this is no exception to that rule.
He once again found a role as a leader helping his people through a difficult time.
This is a great film that tells a gripping historical story all about love of country and family.
The political intrigue is fun to watch and is peppered with lots of religious antagonism.
Sophia Loren is also great here but the apparent hatred between the two actors off the set takes away from the romantic scenes that the two share because something is always missing in the chemistry between the two.
The story itself is filled with patriotism that reverberates throughout which helps make this film heart warming.
This film is over three hours but they do a wonderful job with the pacing in order to make it flow so well and not feel rushed or boring at all.
Bottom Line – Nicely done epic film that tells a gripping story of love of country and family. Filled with political intrigue peppered with lots of religious antagonism. Heston and Loren are both great here despite their blatant hatred for one another behind the scenes. The story is filled with such patriotism that it reverberates throughout. This is a great story because it is able to take its time and doesn’t feel rushed or boring at all throughout. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One well-known legend about the Cid describes how he acquired his famous war-horse, the white stallion Babieca (Bavieca). According to this story, Rodrigo’s godfather, Pedro El Grande, was a monk at a Carthusian monastery. Pedro’s coming-of-age gift to El Cid was his pick of a horse from an Andalusian herd. El Cid picked a horse that his godfather thought was a weak, poor choice, causing the monk to exclaim “Babieca!” (stupid!) Hence, it became the name of El Cid’s horse. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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