Alvarez Kelly

Alvarez Kelly
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Directed byEdward Dmytryk
Produced by
Written by
Music byJohnny Green
CinematographyJoseph MacDonald
Edited byHarold F. Kress
Distributed byColumbia Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • October 1966 (1966-10)
Running time
116 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.4 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[1]

Alvarez Kelly is a 1966 Pathécolor war film set in the American Civil War starring William Holden and Richard Widmark. The film was based on the historic Beefsteak Raid of September 1864 led by Confederate Major General Wade Hampton III.


Cattleman Alvarez Kelly (William Holden) is contracted to deliver a herd to the Union Army in Virginia. As he nears the end of his long cattle drive, Kelly is captured by Confederate raiders led by Colonel Tom Rossiter (Richard Widmark). The Confederacy desperately needs the beef to feed its soldiers besieged in Richmond.

Kelly is "persuaded" to help shanghai and deliver the stolen herd to Richmond. Despite the hatred between the two men, they manage to work together. Kelly first teaches Rossiter's men how to drive cattle. Then, they proceed to capture and drive the herd away, despite the efforts of Union officer Major Albert Stedman (Patrick O'Neal). As revenge, Kelly arranges passage for Rossiter's discontented fiancée, Liz Pickering (Janice Rule), on a blockade runner leaving the besieged city.

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