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They Came to Cordura (1959)




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Gary Cooper stars in one of his final roles in They Came To Cordura, Robert Rossen's moody study of the thin dividing line between heroism and cowardice. Cooper plays Major Thomas Thorn, a U.S. Army officer in the expedition into Mexico against Pancho Villa. Because he hesitated during a moment of decision in a battle, he has been labeled a coward. His commanding officer, Colonel Rogers (Robert Keith), orders Thorn to recommend five men for nomination for the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery in the battle against Villa. Angered that Thorn did not nominate him for the Medal of Honor, Rogers charges Thorn with transporting the men through a broiling and dangerous desert to the rear area of Cordura. They begin the trek accompanied by Adelaide Geary (Rita Hayworth), the daughter of a dishonored U.S. Senator, who is accused of treason since she owned the hacienda where Villa's men stayed. As they travel across the desert expanse, Thorn ponders why these men are considered heroes while he is labeled a coward. As their journey continues, the heroes turn into a mutinous rabble, with Thorn reduced to holding the group at bay with a loaded gun.

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Gary Cooper
as Major Thomas Thorn
Rita Hayworth
as Adelaide Geary
Van Heflin
as Sgt. John Chawk
Tab Hunter
as Lt. William Fowler
Richard Conte
as Cpl. Milo Trubee
Michael Callan
as Pvt. Andrew Hetherington
Dick York
as Pvt. Renziehausen
Robert Keith
as Col. Rogers
Jim Bannon
as Capt. Raltz
James Bannon
as Capt. Paltz
Edward Platt
as Col. DeRose
Maurice Jara
as Mexican Federale
Sam Buffington
as Correspondent
Arthur Hanson
as Correspondent
Wendell Hoyt
as Cavalry Soldier
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Critic Reviews for They Came to Cordura

All Critics (5)

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.

October 31, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

July 12, 2018 | Full Review…

So-so Gary Cooper quasi-western; very talky, very lumbering.

June 13, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

Far from Coop's best, but his presence makes it worthwhile for fans.

September 17, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

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