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Guns for San Sebastian (1968)

La bataille de San Sebastian (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 2 May 1968 (Mexico)
In 1743, outlaw Leon Alastray is hunted by the Spanish army but is given sanctuary by a priest in a village terrorized by marauding Yaqui Indians.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ...
Felipe Cayetano
Jaime Fernández ...
Rosa Furman ...
Vicar General
José Chávez ...
Father Lucas
Jorge Russek ...
Aurora Clavel ...


Leon Alastray is an outlaw who has been given sanctuary by Father John, whom he then escorts to the village of San Sebastian. The village is deserted, with its cowardly residents hiding in the hills from Indians, who regularly attack the village and steal all their supplies. When Father John is murdered, the villagers mistakenly think the outlaw is the priest. Alastray at first tells them he is not a priest, but they don't believe it, and an apparent miracle seems to prove they are correct. Eventually, he assists them in regaining their confidence and defending themselves. Written by Espere

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2 May 1968 (Mexico)  »

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William Flaherty, who wrote the screenplay, was a Jesuit priest. See more »


After the dam is blown up, you can see some of the (Indians) actors holding their breath as they float down the river. e.g. one in particular has puffy cheeks after he holds his breath. See more »


Teclo: I burned the village, but the priest came back.... with guns and soldiers. You see, it's always the same: they build a house, and then the priest comes and he builds a church. And soon, all around the church, there's a village. After the priest come the soldiers. They put up a flag and say 'Now, this belongs to us!' And they steal the food - they steal the horses. And more, they take the women to make a race of... HALF-BREEDS!
'Golden Lance': Like you?
Teclo: Like me.
'Golden Lance': When the harvest is ready, we will attack. Then ...
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" If miracles are all you believe in, Then you forget what God's purpose is "
11 May 2011 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The original story written by William Faherty was called " 'A wall for San Sabastian' and later under the direction of Henri Vernevil changed to " Guns For San Sabastian. " The late great Anthony Quinn plays the titled character Leon Alastray, a fugitive outlaw and bandito running from the military police. Wounded and helpless, he takes refuge in a Catholic Church under the protection of Father Joseph (Sam Jaffe) and Sanctuary. With the good priest being sent to a forgotten mission, where it's residents live in fear of the Native American, Yaki Apache, Alastray stows away and arrives at the distant mission, where Father Joseph is murdered. Due to circumstances, Leon take's the old priest's place and serves as protector and counselor to the frightened populace. Among the heavies of the film, audience members will see a very young, Charles Bronson, Jorge Martínez De Hoyos and Jaime Fernández as 'Golden Lance.' The story is slow to develop, but does rise to the occasion when expected, to such a degree it has become a Western Classic. Fine casting and good story. Recommended. ****

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