Release date1963 (1963) Based onPoema de Fernan Gonzalez WriterAnonymous (poem), Paulino Rodrigo (story), Luis de los Arcos (story), Javier Seto (story), Paulino Rodrigo (screenplay), Luis de los Arcos (screenplay), Javier Seto (screenplay), Paulino Rodrigo (dialogue), Luis de los Arcos (dialogue), Javier Seto (dialogue), Sidney W. Pink (English script and dialogue) ScreenplayJavier Seto, Paulino Rodrigo, Luis de los Arcos CastEspartaco Santoni (Fernán González), Frankie Avalon (Jerifán), Cesar Romero (Jerónimo), Tere Velázquez (Sancha), Tomás Blanco (Don Nuño), Germán Cobos (Abderramán) Similar moviesTalk to Her, Blood and Sand, Georges Bizet's Carmen, Mission: Impossible II, Orson Welles in Spain, Vantage Point
TaglineTRUE...Actually Shot in the Medieval Locations Where the Actual Story Took Place!
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The Castilian (Spanish: El Valle de las espadas) is a 1963 film about Fernán González of Castile, the first independent Count of Castile, who lived and reigned in the early 10th century, and is considered an important figure in the Spanish Reconquista.
This film was directed by Javier Setó. Filmed in Spain; exteriors filmed in Burgos and Peñafiel (Valladolid).
Don Sancho (Broderick Crawford) is a despotic 10th century castilian king who, in cahoots with the invading Moors, has banished handsome Castilian nobleman Fernán González (Espartaco Santoni). With the surreptitious aid of Don Sancho's daughter, Sancha (Tere Velázquez), Fernán González assembles an army to march against the Moors.
Cesar Romero, as Jerónimo
Frankie Avalon, as Jerifán
Broderick Crawford, as Don Sancho
Alida Valli, as Reina Teresa
Espartaco Santoni, as Fernán González
Tere Velázquez, as Sancha
Fernando Rey, as Ramiro II of León
Soledad Miranda, as Maria Estevez
The film was known as The Valley of the Swords. Linda Darnell was supposed to be in the film but had to bow out and was replaced by Alida Valli.