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?
By all accounts, Frank Sinatra
was at his most obstreperous throughout the making of this film. Among other things, he refused to use the car supplied him by the studio, insisting upon having his Ford Thunderbird flown all the way to Spain at the studio's expense. In addition, he almost caused an international incident when he hung a banner from his hotel room window reading "Franco is a Fink", referring to Spain's dictator, Gen. Francisco Franco
. In hindsight, Sinatra referred to the whole experience as "underwhelming". See more
When the peasants attack the military camp in the mountains, a peasant throws a firebrand onto a tent which rapidly catches fire. But as he is throwing the firebrand, the tent is clearly visible with a pattern of liquid that was splashed or poured onto it from the top down, and that part of the tent that was wet is the part that rapidly catches fire, showing it to be an inflammatory agent such as fuel oil or kerosene. See more
How these Spanish love their moment of truth - to drench the ground with their blood - to die. Why?
Referenced in Gideon of Scotland Yard
The British Grenadiers
Heard as a theme See more