Mackenna's Gold is a colorful, action-packed western feature with an all-star cast. Mackenna (Gregory Peck) has committed to memory the map that leads to some hidden Apache gold. The Indians now want the gold to finance their fight against the white men who invade their territory. Mexican bandit Colorado (Omar Sharif) wants the gold for himself, and the local preacher (Raymond Massey) and the editor of the newspaper (Lee J. Cobb) also get gold fever. Burgess Meredith plays the storekeeper and Edward G. Robinson is long-time town resident Old Adams. Everyone goes looking for the hidden treasure as the Indians dwindle their numbers with violent attacks. The search is monitored by U.S. calvary Sergeant Tibbs (Telly Savalas). Colorado captures Mackenna to lead him to the gold as death comes to those who show the most avarice. Music is provided by Quincy Jones. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi
Great cast, a little weird with Sharif as Mexican bandido but that was 1969. Notice the blue-eyed Indian, too. Read Maltin's review. An editing mess plus 3 gangs, incl 1 war party of Apaches out to "protect" the gold, and a "war party" of Union cavalry. Worth a laff or 2. "Exciting Western?" I don't think so. See Bill G's review.
Have loved westerns since I was a young boy. Occasionally, I rent one I may have seen 30 or 40 years ago. This was such a scenario. One of the classic actors of all time, Gregory Peck, is the saving grace to this one. Many of the great cast members were terribly under-used in this Carl Foreman movie. Rather obvious cheesy sets, terrible rear-screen effects, etc. But, I've seen a lot worse!