- Audio: English
- Dolby Digital
- Subtitles: English, Japanese
- 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen and 1.33:1 Fullscreen Presentations
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 27, 2004
- Originally Released: 1959
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Description by OLDIES.com:
Called "an impressive and important film" by Variety, They Came To Cordura
was hailed by critics as "the most disturbing war picture since he Bridge on the River Kwai
". A timeless story of courage and cowardice set against the backdrop of the 1916 war against Pancho Villa. The film stars Gary Cooper as Thomas Thorn, a career Army officer given the humiliating task of leading five Medal of Honor candidates to the military base of Cordura, Texas. Branded a coward during battle, Thorn hopes to learn what these men, each of whom performed heroically under fire, possess which he lacks. But as the grueling journey through the desert progresses, the "heroes" panic, attempting murder, mutiny and rape as the quest for survival reveals their true characters.
Rita Hayworth, in a dramatic departure from her glamour-girl roles, co-stars as the seventh member of the group, an American expatriate accused of aiding the Mexicans. At first contemptuous of Thorn, she gradually comes to appreciate his quiet integrity as he leads his mutinous charges through a desperate, action-packed odyssey. Filled with both exciting battle scenes and finely-tuned drama, their treacherous trek to the town of Cordura (which is also the Spanish word for courage) is a rugged and riveting tale of bravery far more enduring than the fleeting heroics of battle.
In 1916, as U.S. soldiers waged war against Pancho Villa's Mexican troops, Army Major Thomas Thorn (Gary Cooper) is assigned to lead five soldiers and a traitorous female prisoner (Rita Hayworth) to safety in the Texas town of Cordura. This seemingly simple task becomes increasingly complex , however, as the incessant squabbling between Thorn, whose record is marred by a past indiscretion, and the five men (all potential Congressional Medal of Honor winners) threatens to destroy them all.
- "Cordura" means "courage" in Spanish.
- Filmed in Eastmancolor and Cinemascope, using Panavision lenses.