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They Came to Cordura

1959 2h 3m Western List
80% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 48% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings On a mission to Mexico, U.S. Maj. Tom Thorn (Gary Cooper) is branded a coward, while several of his fellow servicemen are praised for showing bravery. Tom is asked to transport the heroes through harsh terrain so they can be honored. Also along for the journey is Adelaide Geary (Rita Hayworth), a woman charged with conspiring against the United States. But, as his fellow soldiers begin revealing their treacherous sides, Tom realizes that Adelaide is the only heroic one of the bunch. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine The subtle ironies wrapped up in the true meanings of human courage and cowardice are examined, sometimes a bit too wordily, in a strong action drama starring Gary Cooper. Oct 31, 2019 Full Review Isabel Quigly The Spectator Realism seems to go a step farther than it need, and show the average man as rather lower than is credible; and it is long and improbable, though never dull. Jul 12, 2018 Full Review Steve Crum Video-Reviewmaster.com So-so Gary Cooper quasi-western; very talky, very lumbering. Rated: 3/5 Jun 13, 2008 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jun 26, 2005 Full Review Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal Far from Coop's best, but his presence makes it worthwhile for fans. Rated: 3/5 Sep 17, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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Martin B It's too late for me but save yourself and skip this one. Great cast and probably good acting but painful to watch. An exercise in the difference in how people act under severe stress but three quarters of the movie as barren as the landscape. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 08/03/22 Full Review lanfranco c What is the courage? Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review ashley h They Came to Cordura is a disappointing film. It is about an army major, guilty of cowardice, is asked to recommended soldiers for the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Mexican Border Incursion of 1916. Gary Cooper and Rita Hayworth give terrible performance. The screenplay is badly written. Robert Rossen did a horrible job directing this movie. I was not impressed with this motion picture. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Solid Western. Cooper's last. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Not much action, it's a bit wordy. That would be fine but the words aren't that interesting either. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Major Thomas Thorn (Gary Cooper) is a U.S. Army cavalry officer who displayed true cowardice when his frontier garrison is attacked in 1916. He develops an obsession with what constitutes courage in others and becomes an Awards Officer. After a cavalry charge during the 1916 U.S. expedition in Mexico to capture Pancho Villa, Thorn recommends four soldiers for the Medal of Honor: Sgt. John Chawk (Van Heflin), Lt. William Fowler (Tab Hunter), Cpl. Milo Trubee (Richard Conte), Pvt. Renziehausen (Dick York) and Pvt. Andrew Hetherington (Michael Callan) who got his recommendation earlier. In the charge they capture Adelaide Geary (Rita Hayworth), who sheltered the enemy. During their journey to reach the armybase in Cordura, a series of harrowing incidents make it clear that the apparent heroes were motivated by other things than courage, while it is the disgraced Thorn who possesses moral courage. I was hoping for a classic epic westernish movie, but I felt I got more of a so so movie. I reckon the journey of the soldiers did not capture my interest that much despite the psychological layers in the plot. I do like the timeframe "They Came To Cordura" is set in, with the 1916 military style and look. But, compared to "The Wild Bunch" (also set in the same timeframe) this is so much weaker. Initially I felt that Gary Cooper seemed so uninspired and tired, but reading afterwards that he was very ill during the shoot explains why. Shame, since he is one of the big actors of his time. Rita Hayworth seems slightly uninspired as well, but her beauty and aura takes her a long way. All in all, "They Came To Cordura" is a tad disappointing is my opinion. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis On a mission to Mexico, U.S. Maj. Tom Thorn (Gary Cooper) is branded a coward, while several of his fellow servicemen are praised for showing bravery. Tom is asked to transport the heroes through harsh terrain so they can be honored. Also along for the journey is Adelaide Geary (Rita Hayworth), a woman charged with conspiring against the United States. But, as his fellow soldiers begin revealing their treacherous sides, Tom realizes that Adelaide is the only heroic one of the bunch.
Director
Robert Rossen
Producer
William Goetz
Screenwriter
Ivan Moffat, Robert Rossen
Production Co
Barbacoa, Inc., Columbia Pictures Corporation
Genre
Western
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Jul 27, 2010
Runtime
2h 3m
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