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?
The film's screenwriters, the team of Edna Anhalt
and Edward Anhalt
, were in the process of terminating their marriage, which may account for some of the inconsistencies in the script. See more
When Anthony (Cary Grant) and Miguel (Frank Sinatra) jump off the cannon as it's rolling down the hill, their stunt doubles jump onto ground and it rebounds up into the air all around them and shows to be a net. Clearly there is a spring-loaded catch net in the ground to soften their fall. And they don't roll or tumble, just hit the ground and bounce and stop, even though the cannon is rolling pretty fast. 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