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Creator/ErnestBorgnine, Creator/JackElam, and Creator/CharlesBronson (still billing himself as Charles Buchinsky) appear as members of Erin's gang.


Although relatively obscure today, ''Vera Cruz'' was a major box office hit in its time, making $11 million on a $1.6 million budget. The movie was a major influence on later Westerns which used its storyline of American outlaws or mercenaries traveling to Mexico: ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'', ''Film/TheProfessionals'' and Creator/SergioLeone's [[Film/AFistfulOfDollars three]] [[Film/ForAFewDollarsMore Dollars]] [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly films]] all owe a heavy stylistic debt to Aldrich, while Creator/SamPeckinpah's ''Film/MajorDundee'' and ''Film/TheWildBunch'' both feature several overt [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]].

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Although relatively obscure today, ''Vera Cruz'' was a major box office hit in its time, making $11 million on a $1.6 million budget. The movie was a major influence on later Westerns which used its storyline of American outlaws or mercenaries traveling to Mexico: ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'', ''Film/TheProfessionals'' and Creator/SergioLeone's [[Film/AFistfulOfDollars three]] [[Film/ForAFewDollarsMore Dollars]] [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly films]] ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'' all owe a heavy stylistic debt to Aldrich, while Creator/SamPeckinpah's ''Film/MajorDundee'' and ''Film/TheWildBunch'' both feature several overt [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]].


* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: All the French soldiers are depicted in uniforms and helmets that were worn on parades and formal ceremonies, not when deployed out on the field. The only scene in the movie where such ceremonial uniforms are justified is the protagonists' arrival at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City and the subsequent ball.

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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: All the French soldiers are depicted in uniforms and helmets that were worn on parades and formal ceremonies, not when deployed out on the field. [[note]]''Film/MajorDundee'' and ''Film/TwoMulesForSisterSara'' might have more accurate depictions of French army uniforms in Mexico. [[/note]] The only scene in the movie where such ceremonial uniforms are justified is the protagonists' arrival at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City and the subsequent ball.

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* RedShirtArmy: The French.


* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: All the French soldiers are depicted in uniforms and helmets that were worn on parades and formal ceremonies, not when deployed out on the field.

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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: All the French soldiers are depicted in uniforms and helmets that were worn on parades and formal ceremonies, not when deployed out on the field. The only scene in the movie where such ceremonial uniforms are justified is the protagonists' arrival at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City and the subsequent ball.



* TheMole: Nina, a Juarista pretending to be a wandering pickpocket. Trane cottons on to her soon enough, though.
* SlobsVersusSnobs: The scruffy guerrilla army of the Juaristas vs the impeccably dressed troops of the Imperial Mexican Army and their French contingent.



** Trane and Erin form an uneasy alliance through the film, specially from Trane's side, due to him objecting Erin's methods.

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** Trane and Erin form an uneasy alliance through the film, specially especially from Trane's side, due to him objecting to Erin's methods.

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* AxCrazy: Erin shows signs of this throughout the movie, for example when he swipes Little-Bit's loaded revolver from him and threatens him with it while they're inside the monastery. [[spoiler:This ultimately culminates in him gunning down one of his henchmen for no reason in the finale.]]


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* IControlMyMinionsThrough: Fear and power, by Erin. It's increasingly clear as the movie progresses that he controls his men as much through their fear of him and his unpredictable behavior as he does through his leadership skills.


Although relatively obscure today, ''Vera Cruz'' was a major box office hit in its time, making $11 million on a $1.6 million budget. The movie was a major influence on later Westerns which used its storyline of American outlaws or mercenaries traveling to Mexico: ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'', ''Film/TheProfessionals'' and Creator/SergioLeone's [[Film/AFistfulOfDollars three]] [[Film/ForAFewDollarsMore Dollars]] [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly films]] all owe a heavy stylistic debt to Aldrich, while ''Film/TheWildBunch'' features several overt [[ShoutOut shout outs]].

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Although relatively obscure today, ''Vera Cruz'' was a major box office hit in its time, making $11 million on a $1.6 million budget. The movie was a major influence on later Westerns which used its storyline of American outlaws or mercenaries traveling to Mexico: ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'', ''Film/TheProfessionals'' and Creator/SergioLeone's [[Film/AFistfulOfDollars three]] [[Film/ForAFewDollarsMore Dollars]] [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly films]] all owe a heavy stylistic debt to Aldrich, while Creator/SamPeckinpah's ''Film/MajorDundee'' and ''Film/TheWildBunch'' features both feature several overt [[ShoutOut shout outs]].Shout Outs]].


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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: All the French soldiers are depicted in uniforms and helmets that were worn on parades and formal ceremonies, not when deployed out on the field.


Although relatively obscure today, ''Vera Cruz'' was a major box office hit in its time, making $11 million on a $1.6 million budget. The movie was a major influence on later Westerns which used its storyline of American outlaws or mercenaries traveling to Mexico: ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'', ''Film/TheProfessionals'' and Creator/SergioLeone's [[Film/AFistfulOfDollars three]] [[Film/ForAFewDollarsMore Dollars]] [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly films]] all owe a heavy stylistic debt to Aldrich, while Film/TheWildBunch'' features several overt [[ShoutOut shout outs]].

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Although relatively obscure today, ''Vera Cruz'' was a major box office hit in its time, making $11 million on a $1.6 million budget. The movie was a major influence on later Westerns which used its storyline of American outlaws or mercenaries traveling to Mexico: ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'', ''Film/TheProfessionals'' and Creator/SergioLeone's [[Film/AFistfulOfDollars three]] [[Film/ForAFewDollarsMore Dollars]] [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly films]] all owe a heavy stylistic debt to Aldrich, while Film/TheWildBunch'' ''Film/TheWildBunch'' features several overt [[ShoutOut shout outs]].


Although relatively obscure today, ''Vera Cruz'' was a major box office hit in its time, making $11 million on a $1.6 million budget. The movie was influence on later Westerns which is used its storyline of American outlaws or mercenaries traveling to Mexico: ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'', ''Film/TheProfessionals'' and Creator/SergioLeone's [[Film/AFistfulOfDollars three]] [[Film/ForAFewDollarsMore Dollars]] [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly films]] all owe a heavy stylistic debt to Aldrich, while Film/TheWildBunch'' features several overt [[ShoutOut shout outs]] to this movie.

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Although relatively obscure today, ''Vera Cruz'' was a major box office hit in its time, making $11 million on a $1.6 million budget. The movie was a major influence on later Westerns which is used its storyline of American outlaws or mercenaries traveling to Mexico: ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'', ''Film/TheProfessionals'' and Creator/SergioLeone's [[Film/AFistfulOfDollars three]] [[Film/ForAFewDollarsMore Dollars]] [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly films]] all owe a heavy stylistic debt to Aldrich, while Film/TheWildBunch'' features several overt [[ShoutOut shout outs]] to this movie.outs]].

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Although relatively obscure today, ''Vera Cruz'' was a major box office hit in its time, making $11 million on a $1.6 million budget. The movie was influence on later Westerns which is used its storyline of American outlaws or mercenaries traveling to Mexico: ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'', ''Film/TheProfessionals'' and Creator/SergioLeone's [[Film/AFistfulOfDollars three]] [[Film/ForAFewDollarsMore Dollars]] [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly films]] all owe a heavy stylistic debt to Aldrich, while Film/TheWildBunch'' features several overt [[ShoutOut shout outs]] to this movie.


Unfortunately for their plans, the man who hired them, the Marquis de Labordere (Cesar Romero), discovers their scheme, and after a group of Juaristas and the rest of Erin's group also suspect that there is more to the expedition, the different groups conspire to steal the gold for their own purposes. Alliances are formed, quickly dissolved and others are formed.

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Unfortunately for their plans, the man who hired them, the Marquis de Labordere (Cesar Romero), discovers their scheme, and after a group of Juaristas and the rest of Erin's group also suspect that there is more to the expedition, the different groups groups, including Juarista secret agent Nina (Creator/SaraMontiel), conspire to steal the gold for their own purposes. Alliances are formed, quickly dissolved and others are formed.



* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Erin]]

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* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Erin]][[spoiler:Erin tries to put on an affable façade, specially with Trane, but by the end of the film it becomes clear that it's just for show and that he truly is a thug.]]



* SpicyLatina: Nina.

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* SpicyLatina: Nina.Nina is a sultry Latin woman with a fierce temper and a rough background, what with being in the Franco-Mexican War and all.



** Trane and Erin form an uneasy alliance through the film, especially from Trane's side, due to him objecting Erin's methods.

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** Trane and Erin form an uneasy alliance through the film, especially specially from Trane's side, due to him objecting Erin's methods.

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* SpicyLatina: Nina.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Erin]]

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* GoryDiscretionShot: We only get to see Nina's reaction as the soldiers kill a Juarista off-screen.
* MightyWhitey: [[spoiler: Trane]] eventually decides to become the all-powerful champion of Juarez's cause.

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