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The Brave Bulls (1951)

In 1950s Mexico, a famous bullfighter loses his nerve after he's injured and witnesses the death of another matador in the ring.

Director:

Robert Rossen

Writers:

John Bright, Tom Lea (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Ferrer ... Luis Bello
Miroslava ... Linda de Calderon
Anthony Quinn ... Raul Fuentes
Eugene Iglesias ... Pepe Bello
José Torvay ... Eladio Gomez
Charlita Charlita ... Raquelita
Jose Luis Vasquez Jose Luis Vasquez ... Yank Delgado (as José Luis Vasquez 'Mexicano')
Alfonso Alvirez Alfonso Alvirez ... Loco Ruiz
Alfredo Aguilar Alfredo Aguilar ... Pancho Perez
Francisco Balderas Francisco Balderas ... Monkey Garcia
Felipe Mota Felipe Mota ... Jackdaw
Pepe López Pepe López ... Farique
Jose Meza Jose Meza ... Little White
Vicente Cárdenas Vicente Cárdenas ... Goyo Salinas (as Vicente Cardenas 'Maera')
Manuel Orozco Manuel Orozco ... Abundio de Lao
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Storyline

Bullfighter Luis Bello (Mel Ferrer) is a star, but fear and doubt strike quickly after he is injured in the ring. Manager Raul Fuentes (Anthony Quinn) refuses to let him give up, though, pushing Luis to overcome his doubt and remain a matador. Luis agrees, but complications ensue when he falls for Raul's girlfriend, Linda (Miroslava). Things get even worse after a tragic accident and a public embarrassment. Now, to salvage his dignity, Luis needs one last shot in the ring.

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For a moment ... he was afraid of nothing !

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corrida de la peur See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico City, Mexico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in the spring of 1950, but not released until the following year because producer-director Robert Rossen was under investigation by the House Un-American Activities Committee. See more »

Alternate Versions

Widely released in the US at 108 minutes. Some newer prints run 114 minutes and restore bullfighting sequences originally removed because they were deemed too violent. See more »

Connections

Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 12 March 1962 (1962) See more »

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Tú sólo tú
Written by Felipe Valdés Leal
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The Rise of Anthony Quinn
20 April 2015 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This is a brilliant movie ruined by incredible miscasting. Mel Ferrer was a good actor with a great career and a marriage to Audrey Hepburn, but his casting as the central character in this movie is bizarre. Perhaps it was some sort of deal that Robert Rossen had to cut to get this movie made.

Everything else about this movie, from the script, to the great camera-work by Floyd Crosby and James Wong Howe is fine. It also has a great supporting performance by Anthony Quinn. It's Quinn's casual bravura that dominates this movie and sucks the energy from Ferrer whenever they are on the screen together.

The semi-documentary nature of this movie made Crosby the obvious choice to handle the camera. He had risen to prominence as a cameraman for Robert Flaherty. I am convinced that he shot the outside work and the sequences in the plaza del toro, while Howe's strong, classical lighting and group shots -- which he helped establish in the 1920s -- is used for the story segments.

THE BRAVE BULLS is another of a long series of movies held in high esteem in large part because it has been so hard to see. There are many estimable parts to it, but Ferrer stinks up the joint when compared to Quinn. I suspect that why Mr. Quinn had to go to Europe. Other actors were afraid to work with him.


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