Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Urban Development, Transportation, and Communications Benjamin Vera Cruz of Sao Tome and Principe

statement, it just tried to tell a good story in the best way possible.
It's generally acknowledged that Vera Cruz is a transitional Western: though it is apparently structured by the clear-cut "white hat / black hat" morality of its predecessors, with its hero Benjamin Trane (Gary Cooper) playing against anti-hero Joe Erin (Burt Lancaster), it consistently threatens to reveal a much more cynical world outlook.