Valdez Is Coming is a sluggish [Spanish-shot western] meller starring Burt Lancaster. Story collapses from premise of a man attempting to right a wrong, to reels of boring mayhem. Legit stager Edwin Sherin’s film directorial debut is unimpressive.
The Elmore Leonard novel is about an ethnic southwestern constable (Lancaster) who accidentally kills suspected murderer Lex Monson. Latter has been tracked into a corner by Jon Cypher, who also happens to have stolen away Susan Clark, wife of the man Monson is wrongfully suspected of having killed. Cypher has Lancaster brutally beaten. Latter’s vengeance comprises the main story thrust.
In supporting parts are Richard Jordan, flashy but shallow as a young psychotic killer; Barton Heyman as Cypher’s gang boss who comes to respect Lancaster’s guts; and the late Frank Silvera as a friend to Lancaster and therefore hassled by Cypher.