Vera Cruz, the first release in SuperScope, stresses mostly the violence and suspenseful action bred during Mexico’s revolutionary period when the Juaristas were trying to free the country of the French-supported Emperor Maximilian.
Gary Cooper, ex-Confederate major from New Orleans, joins forces with Burt Lancaster, western outlaw, and his gang of choice pug-uglies to escort a countess from the court of Maximilian in Mexico City to the port at Vera Cruz. It’s more than the simple guard job indicated, since secretly the countess has a load of gold to be used in Europe to bring more troops to Maximilian’s aid.
Besides the more obvious advantages of their star teaming, Cooper and Lancaster come through with actionful and colorful performances. Sarita Montiel, of the Mexican film industry, is film-introduced stateside in this, and shows up well in her US debut.