Seven Cities Of Gold

The husband-and-wife team of Webb and McLean was behind this ambitious project that mixes fiction and history in an engaging adventure. Lured by the legend of the Indians' seven cities filled with gold, Spanish military commander Gaspar de Portola (Quinn) and his men explore Mexico in 1769. Quinn doesn't know the territory so he takes Junipero Serra (Rennie),...read more

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The husband-and-wife team of Webb and McLean was behind this ambitious project that mixes fiction and history in an engaging adventure. Lured by the legend of the Indians' seven cities filled with gold, Spanish military commander Gaspar de Portola (Quinn) and his men explore Mexico in

1769. Quinn doesn't know the territory so he takes Junipero Serra (Rennie), a lame Franciscan priest, along with him. Serra's goal is to establish a series of missions in the area. After several setbacks, the expedition rests in the area of what is today San Diego. Quinn leaves a group of soldiers

there (in the command of Egan), then travels north looking for the fabled seven cities. In Quinn's absence, Indians, led by Hunter, attack the soldiers. When Hunter is wounded in the fracas, Rennie oversees his medical attention. Soon enough, the Indians abandon their hostile ways and Rennie sets

out to convert them to his faith. Egan, on the other hand, seduces Hunter's sister, Moreno. Meanwhile, they are running out of supplies and when Quinn returns after his unsuccessful expedition, he wants to take them all back to Mexico City. Rennie asks Quinn to reconsider for just nine days (the

duration of the novena), hoping that supply ships will arrive from Spain in the meantime. Quinn nods his approval. Moreno wants to marry Egan and is shocked when he refuses her, much to Hunter's anger and dishonor. Hunter insists that Egan be given into the hands of his tribe for having

compromised Moreno. Quinn won't hear of it and Rennie thinks it's savage. It looks like another battle will kill all of them; then Egan sacrifices himself and gives his life in order to save the others. The ninth day arrives and Quinn readies the men to leave but stops the exodus when he sees a

Spanish ship arriving in the harbor. San Diego is established as the picture fades. The movie's fictionalization of real characters and events is highlighted by some good action, moments of humor, and a strong performance by Quinn, who plays the proud Spanish captain as though he was born to

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