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The Pride and the Passion (1957)

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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,... See full summary »

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Anthony
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Miguel
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General Jouvet
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Sermaine
Jay Novello ...
Ballinger
José Nieto ...
Carlos (as Jose Nieto)
Carlos Larrañaga ...
Jose (as Carlos Larranaga)
Philip Van Zandt ...
Vidal
Paco El Laberinto ...
Manolo (as Paco el Laberinto)
Julián Ugarte ...
Enrique
Félix de Pomés ...
Bishop (as Felix de Pomes)
Carlos Casaravilla ...
Leonardo
Juan Olaguivel ...
Ramon
Nana DeHerrera ...
Maria (as Nana de Herrera)
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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 Eduardo Randallo

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10 July 1957 (USA)  »

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Orgullo y pasión  »

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The film's screenwriters, the team of Edna and Edward Anhalt, were in the process of terminating their marriage, which may account for some of the inconsistency in the script. See more »

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On the wall of the French army general staff there is a map of the region of "Las Cruces" (actually Galicia, northwest Spain). The river passing through Orense city is marked like Rio Duero. In fact it is Miño river which passes through Orense and delineates a section of the border between Spain and Portugal. The Duero river is further south, crosses the Castilian plateau and has its mouth at the Portuguese city of Porto. In the film it is named Rio Cano. See more »

Quotes

General Jouvet: [to Sermaine] How these Spanish love their moment of truth - to drench the ground with their blood - to die. Why?
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Rule, Britannia!
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Lyrics by James Thomson and music by Thomas Augustine Arne
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Schlepp the Cannon
13 April 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Schlepp the cannon is what this film should have been entitled. It's not a totally bad film, the battle and crowd scenes are handled with great skill. Poor Frank Sinatra with a lousy Spanish accent and a wig that makes him look like Ish Kabibble just doesn't cut it as the Spanish guerrilla leader.

It probably helped their performances that Cary Grant and Sophia Loren were in a passionate affair during the production. Their romantic scenes have a definite credibility. And you got that 42 foot cannon serving as a giant phallic symbol.

Try as I might I couldn't really get into the story. Neither apparently could the players. Cary and Sophia had each other. Frank Sinatra allegedly signed for the film as an excuse to go to Spain and chase Ava Gardner. He didn't reconcile and was his most obstreperous on this set. He just didn't care and it shows.

For a much better film on the Peninsular war see MGM's The Firefly which was done 20 years earlier. It even has a nice musical score.


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