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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Cast overview, first billed only:
General Jouvet
Jay Novello ...
José Nieto ...
Carlos (as Jose Nieto)
Carlos Larrañaga ...
Jose (as Carlos Larranaga)
Philip Van Zandt ...
Paco El Laberinto ...
Manolo (as Paco el Laberinto)
Julián Ugarte ...
Félix de Pomés ...
Bishop (as Felix de Pomes)
Carlos Casaravilla ...
Juan Olaguivel ...
Nana DeHerrera ...
Maria (as Nana de Herrera)


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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Release Date:

10 July 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Orgullo y pasión  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


With seven weeks of shooting in Spain still left on the schedule Frank Sinatra, who hated Spain, told Kramer, "Hot or cold, Thursday I'm leaving the movie. So get a lawyer and sue me," according to Kramer biographer Donald Spoto. Kramer tried to solve the problem with two days of shooting in a Hollywood studio with potted palms. See more »


When the cannon is being floated over a river on a raft, one of the four drag lines breaks, allowing the gun to charge down the river through rapids, eventually crashing on a rock. When the raft is shooting the rapids, however, all four lines are trailed out on either side, including the "broken" one. See more »


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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Referenced in Touch of Pink (2004) See more »


The British Grenadiers
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How Old Cary Grant? Old Cary Grant Quite Boring, Thank You.
23 January 2001 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

THE PRIDE AND THE PASSION is a stupendously mounted action/romance film. Just two problems: Stanley Kramer doesn't know how to direct action, and Cary Grant seems too bored to provide much romance. Surprising, considering the smoldering romance the fiftyish Grant and the 23 year old Sophia Loren carried on off camera. This is one expensive looking movie. Kramer managed to put the $5M negative cost right up there on the screen. Audiences flocked to it, too. TP&TP showed a profit in 1957.

Don't believe those criticisms elsewhere that "the cannon is hanging overhead and nobody sees it" or "Grant never gets dirty." Watch the movie. This movie is boring, not inept. Marvel at how mature Loren looks for 23. Chortle at Frank Sinatra's terrible accent. But make no mistake about it; Grant is largely at fault for the lack of drama and romance in this movie. Kramer went on to make far worse movies (IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD, for one). TP&TP is far more watchable today than AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, and THAT won best picture. This movie deserves more respect than it usually gets. Check it out.

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