The story in this movie deals with the perseverance of Spaniards to take back their country from the French who have conquered Spain under Napoleon as he marched over Europe. A huge cannon, perhaps the largest in the world at that time, is discarded by the army as they retreat from the French invaders. A "ragtag" group of Spanish loyalists find "The Gun" and begin to restore it so they may tow it across Spain to the French stronghold in Avila and use it to open the giant walls for an invasion. Luckily Britain has sent someone to retrieve the cannon for England so they can have it to fight the French also AND to make sure that the French don't get the gun! A shoemaker and his voluptuous girl friend are the leaders of the peasants trying to get the gun to Avila. The Brit can't get help to get the giant gun back to his ship without the peasants and the shoemaker won't help him unless they all go blast Avila open first. The Brit has the knowledge needed to fire the weapon and the ... Written by
The Most Magnificent Motion Picture Ever Made!
10 July 1957 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Orgullo y pasión
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(Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
This was one of two films Sophia Loren
and Cary Grant
starred in together. Cary was totally in love with Loren and the two had an affair. However, Cary was too much in love with Sophia to the point of obsession. This frightened her and sent her straight into the arms of Carlo Ponti
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The French commander at Avila threatened local peasants to tell him where the cannon was shortly after the journey to Avila with the cannon started, but Avila was far away from the cannon and the cannon was heading toward Avila and the peasants couldn't have even known where it was or even known about it. Word did not travel that fast in those days. See more
How these Spanish love their moment of truth - to drench the ground with their blood - to die. Why?
Lyrics by James Thomson
and music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Heard as a theme See more