El Cid (1961)

Theatrical Release: March 27, 1995
DVD Release: May 4, 2004
El Cid (1961)


Epic film of the legendary Spanish hero, Rodrigo Diaz (“El Cid” to his followers), who, without compromising his strict sense of honor, succeeds in taking the initiative and driving the Moors from Spain.

Dove Review

The film “El Cid” is an old movie based on the Spanish Christians and the Moors in a battle against religion and kingdoms. Rodrigo, played by Charleston Heston, is the hero of the story who is brought in front of the courts over treason for choosing not to kill the enemy. The film was made back in the 60s and has an excellent cast. The movie however is pretty long and tends to be dragged out in some scenes. The battle scenes shown throughout the film are not gory or bloody, and should be o.k. for viewing by older children. Dove is happy to approve this film and we award the Dove Seal for ages twelve and up.

Content Description

Sex: A betrothed couple hug and kiss; a married couple kiss.
Language: None
Violence: Numerous battle scenes which are not bloody or gory; sword fights; a man stabs the prince in the back, killing him; Rodrigo and the king's champion duel and this results in a death.
Drugs: Men are shown drinking wine with dinner.
Nudity: None
Other: People push Rodrigo to kill two prisoners but he refuses; Rodrigo’s former fiancé plots his murder to avenge her fathers death; the two princes fight over who will be king and betray each other; Moors plot the death of the princes to overthrow the kingdom.


Company: Best Film and Video Corp.
Director: Anthony Mann
Producer: Samuel Bronston
Genre: Classic
Runtime: 188 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Candice Moore