Valdez, il mezzosangue

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Valdez, il mezzosangue (Italy, Spain, France 1973 / Director: John Sturges)

  • Runtime: 99 min
  • Release Date: 14.9.1973
  • Filming Locations: Almería

Also known as

Chino (France/U.S.A.) | Caballos salvajes (Spain) | The Valdez Horses | Valdez the Halfbreed (U.K.) | Wilde Pferde (Germany) | Konie Valdeza (Poland) | Valdezovi konji (Yugoslavia) | Valdezovi koně (Czech Republic) | Wild Horses | Valdes O Mestiço (Brazil) | さらばバルデス saraba Valdez (Japan) | Конете на Валдес (Bulgaria)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Charles Bronson (Chino Valdez), Jill Ireland (Louise/Catharine Maral), Marcel Bozzuffi (Maral), Vincent Van Patten (Jamie Wagner), Fausto Tozzi (Cruz), Ettore Manni (Sheriff Jensen), Melissa Chimenti (Indian girl), Corrado Gaipa (priest), José Nieto (Mexican fiesta host), Diana Lorys [as Diana Loris](Indian), Conchita Muñoz [as Conchita Munoz]
  • Also with: Florencio Amarilla (Little Bear), Adolfo Thous (Coyote), Luis Prendes (saloon proprietor), Ricardo Rodrí­guez (Indian under chief), Arnaldo Dell'Acqua (Maral cowboy), Rafael Albaicín (Indian at cookout), Rafael Garcí­a, Henri Vidon, Luis Rico
  • Director: John Sturges
  • Co-Director: Duilio Coletti (reshoots)
  • Story: "The Valdez Horses" by Lee Hoffman
  • Screenplay: Massimo De Rita, Clair Huffaker, Dino Maiuri, Elmore Leonard (reshoot scenes)
  • Cinematography: Armando Nannuzzi [Technicolor - Normal 1,66:1]
  • Music: Guido & Maurizio De Angelis
  • Song: "Freedom Rainbow" sung by Canary Jones
  • Producers: John Sturges, Duilio Coletti, Dino De Laurentiis


The US title of this Italian-Spanish-French coproduction is Chino, in deference to the character played by star Charles Bronson. Having long suffered the stigma of being part Indian, New Mexico horse breeder Chino Valdez (Bronson) wants nothing more than to be left alone with his beloved horses. Even so, Chino opens his heart and his home to teenaged runaway Jamie Wagner (Vincent Van Patten), who becomes his protégé. But things take an unpleasant turn when the formerly taciturn Chino falls in love with Louise (Jill Ireland, the half-sister of antagonistic rancher Maral (Marcel Bozzuffi, replacing the original choice for the role, Lino Ventura). This film was based on The Valdez Horses, a novel by Lee Hoffman.


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