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Mackenna's Gold (1969)

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A bandit kidnaps a Marshal who has seen a map showing a gold vein on Indian lands, but other groups are looking for it too, while the Apache try to keep the secret location undisturbed.


J. Lee Thompson


Heck Allen (novel) (as Will Henry), Carl Foreman (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Sheriff Mackenna
Omar Sharif ... John Colorado
Telly Savalas ... Sergeant Tibbs
Camilla Sparv ... Inga Bergerman
Keenan Wynn ... Sanchez
Julie Newmar ... Hesh-Ke
Ted Cassidy ... Hachita
Lee J. Cobb ... The Editor
Raymond Massey ... The Preacher
Burgess Meredith ... The Storekeeper
Anthony Quayle ... Older Englishman
Edward G. Robinson ... Old Adams
Eli Wallach ... Ben Baker
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Prairie Dog
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Avila


The gangster Colorado kidnaps Marshal McKenna. He believes that McKenna has seen a map which leads to a rich vein of gold in the mountains and forces him to show him the way. But they're not the only ones who are after the gold, soon they meet a group of "honorable" citizens and the cavalry crosses their way too, and that is even before they enter Indian territory. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Did You Know?


Burgess Meredith only has four lines. See more »


During the chase toward the river, camera-vehicle tire tracks are visible in a shot of the Indians. See more »


The Preacher: It can work for the lord as well as the devil!
Colorado: Ai chihuahua.
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Alternate Versions

The original UK theatrical release was cut for an 'A' rating in 1969 (the equivalent of today's 'PG' rating). The cuts were made to kidney blows and a man's head being bashed against a rock during the final fight scene. Subsequent released were uncut and rated '15'. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Travellers (1992) See more »


Old Turkey Buzzard
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Freddy Douglass (as Freddie Douglas)
Sung by José Feliciano (as Feliciano)
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Good old cowboy yarn.. adventure etc..
24 October 2018 | by davewigan-43321See all my reviews

Have to say this movie must have been a nightmare to make and work on..it's got a massive all top notch cast..and I'm sure top crew and technical ..for1969... it's entertaining but..it switches all the way through from actual location footage..in the desert etc..to studio matched and what I assume is/ was back projection stuff..! Sets to location..back to location and sets..in the edit I suppose.. so editors must have had a hard job.. plus the actors.. all the close ups are back projection..mainly..and long shots in the real location..I wouldn't be surprised if they used standings..as long shots are hard to tell who's who...and obviously stunts are all stunt people.. maybe it's just1969 or the director who cut it like this..but by modern standards it's a bit ropey".. but..it still stands up as a good action movie..seeking the gold etc.. I was surprised all the big stars got shot in the cavalry ambush..but.I suppose it saved the massive budget a bit... bits of saucy nudity in bits in the watering hole.. but the way it's shot ..results in a slightly surreal" experience! It also cuts between lots of not too bad model shots.. the horse on the rope bridge..and the watering hole mountains..obviously we are used to cgi these days.. this is reminiscent of thunderbirds".. luckily they edited it so quick you hardly notice..ha.. watering hole was definitely a studio tank..undercut maybe with a real waterhole... I wrote this because it struck me as so disjointed and rather strange I figured others must have picked up on it.. it's not bad for a 60s biggish budget movie.. Saturday afternoon tv movie.. anyone like to comment??. I think I'll leave it there!.. good old Gregory peck..he holds it all together with his charisma. Aplomb..grit and understated acting.. a true star... sadly no more.....

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Release Date:

10 May 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Glen Canyon, Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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