Mackenna's Gold (1969)

128 mins | Western | 10 May 1969

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writer:

Carl Foreman

Cinematographer:

Joseph MacDonald

Editor:

Bill Lenny

Production Designer:

Geoffrey Drake

Production Company:

Highroad Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in Medford, Oregon; Kanab, Utah; and at Canyon de Chelly and Glen Canyon in Arizona. May have been shown in 70mm for some roadshow ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in Medford, Oregon; Kanab, Utah; and at Canyon de Chelly and Glen Canyon in Arizona. May have been shown in 70mm for some roadshow engagements. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
28 Jul 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
13 Oct 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
19 Apr 1967
p. 2.
Daily Variety
20 Apr 1967
p. 2.
Daily Variety
21 Apr 1967
p. 6.
Daily Variety
26 Apr 1967
p. 2.
Daily Variety
28 Apr 1967
p. 6.
Daily Variety
11 May 1967
p. 2.
Daily Variety
12 May 1967
p. 10.
Daily Variety
15 May 1967
p. 1.
Daily Variety
18 May 1967
p. 3.
Daily Variety
19 May 1967
p. 4.
Daily Variety
6 Jun 1967
p. 2.
Daily Variety
23 Jun 1967
p. 15.
Daily Variety
30 Jun 1967
p. 2.
Daily Variety
17 Jul 1967
p. 3.
Daily Variety
5 Jan 1968
p. 31.
Daily Variety
7 Jun 1968
p. 2.
Daily Variety
26 Mar 1969
p. 3.
Daily Variety
6 May 1969
p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
26 Apr 1965
Section D, p. 11.
Los Angeles Times
10 Oct 1966
Section C, p. 23.
Los Angeles Times
1 Feb 1967
Section E, p. 9.
Los Angeles Times
22 Mar 1967
Section E, p. 16.
Los Angeles Times
29 Apr 1967
p. 18.
Los Angeles Times
16 Jun 1967
Section C, p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
4 Aug 1967
Section D, p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
12 Sep 1967
Section D, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
13 Nov 1967
Section C, p. 25.
Los Angeles Times
6 Feb 1969
Section H, p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
31 Mar 1969
Section G, p. 23.
Los Angeles Times
26 Jun 1969
Section D, p. 14.
New York Times
19 Jun 1969
p. 38.
Variety
21 Apr 1965
p. 19.
Variety
26 Jan 1966
p. 19.
Variety
9 Nov 1966
p. 4.
Variety
19 Apr 1967
p. 4.
Variety
1 Nov 1967
p. 21.
Variety
26 Mar 1969
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Carl Foreman Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2nd unit photog
Addl photog
Addl photog
Addl photog
Addl photog
Cam asst
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Assoc film ed
Assoc film ed
Assoc film ed
1st asst film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Ward des
MUSIC
Mus comp
Orch
Orch
SOUND
Unit sd rec
Stereophonic dub
Stereophonic dub
Asst sd ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec visual eff
Spec visual eff
Spec visual eff
Spec visual eff
Spec visual eff
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
STAND INS
Stunt coord
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Mackenna's Gold by Will Henry (New York, 1963).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Old Turkey Buzzard," music and lyrics by Quincy Jones and Freddy Douglass, sung by José Feliciano.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 May 1969
Premiere Information:
Phoenix, Arizona, premiere: 10 May 1969
New York opening: 18 June 1969
Los Angeles opening: 25 June 1969
Production Date:
16 May--late October 1967
Copyright Claimant:
Highroad Productions
Copyright Date:
1 May 1969
Copyright Number:
LP37136
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
Technicolor
gauge
35 & 70
Widescreen/ratio
Super Panavision, see note
Duration(in mins):
128
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In 1874 Arizona, there is a legend that the Apache gods store sacred gold in a hidden canyon. Marshal Mackenna of Hadleyburg learns the location of the canyon when he is ambushed in the desert and forced to shoot Prairie Dog, an old Apache chief. Before dying, the Indian gives Mackenna a map of the canyon but warns him that the Apache gods keep a vigil on the spot. After memorizing and burning the map, Mackenna is captured by a band of outlaws led by the ruthless Colorado, who has as his hostage Inga, a young Swedish immigrant and the daughter of the town judge. Aware that the marshal has seen the map, Colorado threatens to murder Inga unless Mackenna leads him to the canyon; Mackenna reluctantly agrees. Before long the band is joined by a group of Hadleyburg citizens who have also caught "gold fever." This group is pursued by Apache warriors who want to use the gold to fight the white man, and by a U. S. Cavalry troop tracking Colorado. The warring factions clash, and the only survivors are Mackenna, Colorado, Inga, and two renegade Apaches--the seductive Hesh-Ke and Hachita, a silent brave. They are soon joined by Cavalry Sergeant Tibbs, who has murdered his own men in order to search for the gold. As the fortune seekers make their way toward the canyon, Hesh-Ke becomes enraged by Mackenna's attentions to Inga and is killed trying to murder her rival; Hachita, believing the Apache gods are angry, kills Tibbs but in turn is slain by Colorado; and Colorado, now that he has found the treasure, engages Mackenna in a death struggle on a narrow ledge. The ... +


In 1874 Arizona, there is a legend that the Apache gods store sacred gold in a hidden canyon. Marshal Mackenna of Hadleyburg learns the location of the canyon when he is ambushed in the desert and forced to shoot Prairie Dog, an old Apache chief. Before dying, the Indian gives Mackenna a map of the canyon but warns him that the Apache gods keep a vigil on the spot. After memorizing and burning the map, Mackenna is captured by a band of outlaws led by the ruthless Colorado, who has as his hostage Inga, a young Swedish immigrant and the daughter of the town judge. Aware that the marshal has seen the map, Colorado threatens to murder Inga unless Mackenna leads him to the canyon; Mackenna reluctantly agrees. Before long the band is joined by a group of Hadleyburg citizens who have also caught "gold fever." This group is pursued by Apache warriors who want to use the gold to fight the white man, and by a U. S. Cavalry troop tracking Colorado. The warring factions clash, and the only survivors are Mackenna, Colorado, Inga, and two renegade Apaches--the seductive Hesh-Ke and Hachita, a silent brave. They are soon joined by Cavalry Sergeant Tibbs, who has murdered his own men in order to search for the gold. As the fortune seekers make their way toward the canyon, Hesh-Ke becomes enraged by Mackenna's attentions to Inga and is killed trying to murder her rival; Hachita, believing the Apache gods are angry, kills Tibbs but in turn is slain by Colorado; and Colorado, now that he has found the treasure, engages Mackenna in a death struggle on a narrow ledge. The battle is interrupted by Apaches; their stampeding horses start an avalanche that obliterates the canyon and buries the gold. Only Mackenna, Colorado, and Inga escape. Vowing someday to find and kill Colorado, the unarmed Mackenna rides away on Sergeant Tibbs's horse, its saddlebags filled with gold. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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