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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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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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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Introducing a clip from the film in the rather staid context of the BBC's Best of British (1987) program in the late 1980s, John Mills openly acknowledged its homosexual overtones. See more »

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A most unusual Western.
24 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Slow-moving but compelling psychological Western about a determined priest who arrives at a small town that seems to be mysteriously dominated by a local bad guy, and decides to fight him in his own peaceful way; their confrontations make the movie. Literate script (just a quote: "Isn't that your job, Father; To keep hoping that any soul can be saved, even mine?", asks the bandit), exceptional acting by the two leads (and very unexceptional acting by Mylene Demongeot). (***)


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