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Guns for San Sebastian (1968)
"La bataille de San Sebastian" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Leon Alastray
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Kinita
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Father Joseph
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Felicia
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ...
Felipe Cayetano
Jaime Fernández ...
'Golden Lance'
Rosa Furman ...
Agueda
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Vicar General
José Chávez ...
Antonito
Ivan Desny ...
Col. Calleja
Fernand Gravey ...
Governor
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Father Lucas
Jorge Russek ...
Pedro
Aurora Clavel ...
Magdalena
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Storyline

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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Adventure that explodes with the fury of men . . . women . . . and guns gone wild! [USA] See more »


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Release Date:

2 May 1968 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Guns for San Sebastian  »

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2.35 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Leon Alastray: [startled by a bell, Leon runs into the church] What the hell are you doing?
Father Joseph: Christians always respond to the sound of a bell.
Leon Alastray: What Christians? Rocks? Lizards, snakes?
Father Joseph: Perhaps someone's still alive. Please - you ring the bell. I am too weak.
Leon Alastray: Here, hold this.
[hands the wine bag to Father Joseph, who stuffs it into the statue of San Sebastian]
Leon Alastray: I feel stupid.
[pulls rope a few times]
Leon Alastray: Oh, that's enough!
[walks to church door]
[...]
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Slow but enjoyable Spaghetti
5 April 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of those films that nearly loses you, but in the end rewards you for sitting through it. It makes for a very good view, despite its leisurely pace at times.

In summary Anthony Quinn stars as a outlaw that is saved by Father John, whom he escorts to the village of San Sebastian. The village is deserted, with its cowardly residents hiding in the hills from indians, who pillage their crops and burn their buildings. When Father John is murdered, the outlaw is mistaken as the man of god by the villagers, and assists them in regaining their confidence and defending themselves.

Quinn is superb in his role, complimented by Charles Bronson, who plays the bad guy "half breed" Teclo. Sam Jaffe's Father Joseph character is also very likable.

Whilst the movie is quite slow in places, this only helps to plot out the story. Although casting the indians as the "bad guys", it does explain that the massacre of the villagers is no different than what the white man has done to their own race "in the name of god".

The soundtrack is again provided by Ennio Morricone and, whilst not his best work, does help provide the suitable atmosphere, borrowing heavily from some of his other compositions.

Definitely worth a view.


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