Vera Cruz deserves credit for giving rise to the amoral Spaghetti Western.
The action often seems off - a result of some unfortunate combination of bad blocking and poor editing.
Here a group of American gunslingers head to Mexico to throw in with whichever side of the revolution will pay them the most. That is, until they discover the potential for a heist and then it's every man for himself.
Cooper tentatively and stiffly moves his way through the picture. But it's Lancaster - with an amiable but dangerous smile that slowly transforms into a treacherous sneer as he struggles to keep things going his way who electrifies every scene.
And then there's the amazing supporting cast of character actors, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Elam, Charles Bronson, Cesar Romero, James Seay (who l'm pretty sure wears the exact same costume in the next half dozen westerns he goes on to appear in) - who launched a thousand roles with this movie.