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The Singer Not the Song (1961)

In a small Mexican town, a Catholic priest and a local bandit clash, but the brave priest ultimately wins the outlaw's respect.

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(as Roy Baker)

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(novel) (as Audrey Erskine Lindop), (screenplay)
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Anacleto Comachi
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Father Michael Keogh
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Locha de Cortinez
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Old Uncle
John Bentley ...
Police Captain
Leslie French ...
Father Gomez
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Presidente
Nyall Florenz ...
Vito
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Pedro de Cortinez
Philip Gilbert ...
Phil Brown
Selma Vaz Dias ...
Chela
Laurence Payne ...
Pablo
Jacqueline Evans ...
Dona Marian
Lee Montague ...
Pepe
Serafina Di Leo ...
Jasefa
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Storyline

During the 1950s, in a small isolated Mexican village, the local Roman Catholic priest, Father Gomez, is an older man with a broken spirit. During his tenure in the village of Quantano, he fought hard to keep his flock of parishioners, in spite of threats and intimidation from the part of local bandit Anacleto Comachi and his men. The atheistic bandit has imposed his tyrannical rule over the region for many years. The local Police cannot find any witnesses to come forward and testify to any wrongdoing from the part of Anacleto. Therefore, they cannot charge him or arrest him. The Catholic Church replaces Father Gomez with a younger, more energetic priest, Father Keogh from Ireland. Before departing the village, Father Gomez warns Father Keogh of the dangers of defying Anacleto Comachi's authority. But Father Keogh openly defies the bandit and administers his daily priestly duties at the village church. He even manages to persuade some of the villagers to start attending church again. ... Written by nufs68

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The strange and terrible combat of two men in a strange and terrible Mexican town. See more »

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Drama | Western

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2 May 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Esperança Nunca Morre  »

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2.35 : 1
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When the Rank Organisation insisted that John Mills play the priest, Dirk Bogarde became so incensed that he told Roy Ward Baker, "I promise you, if Johnny plays the priest I will make life unbearable for everyone concerned". See more »

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The psychological conflict between Anacleto and Father Keogh
21 January 2000 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

I watched this film not expecting terribly much, but was blown away by the subject matter and, more importantly, how it was handled by the skillful actors in the film.

The story centres around a priest, played by John Mills, and a local bandit, excellently played by Dirk Bogarde.

Without spoiling the ending, the story focuses on the conflict between the Priest and Anacleto. More importantly, it is a tale of the pursuit of religion, and the issues involved.

John Mills excellently plays the well intentioned priest, caught between his own feelings and the duties to the church. Dirk Bogarde plays the local bandit, Anacleto, and portrays a truly intelligent athiest at the mercy of his own desires and ideologies.

This is a great story of characterisation, and of the sometimes misplaced loyalties that we place on ourselves - be it through religion, or otherwise.

Watch out for the excellent and hard hitting conclusion, with some excellent summarising by both Anacleto and the Priest at the storys conclusion.

A must see for those who enjoy a deeper meaning behind the action and dialogue.


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