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
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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 »
My son, here. Put this on - it will protect you from the sun.
[Father hands Leon a cowl with a cross on the back]
Ha? Thank you.
...and who knows? Perhaps it will bring you a little faith!
Faith? Oh, I had plenty of faith the other night. Hey, priest - you wanna hear my confession?
[clasps hands in mock prayer]
No, thank you!
Come on - it'll make you feel 10 years younger!
...or perhaps older!
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Two-time Academy Award winner Anthony Quinn (Viva Zapata!, Zorba the Greek, Lust for Life) as a priest? Not really, he is on the lam and finds a "god forsaken place" to hide out. He borrows a robe and hopes he doesn't get caught.
But Charles Bronson (Once Upon a Time in the West, Death Wish) doesn't want any priests around to mess things up for him. He likes taking from the people, and priests just complicate things.
Felicia (the prolific Mexican actress Silvia Pinal) is going to do her best to keep him in San Sebastian.
It turns into a Magnificent Seven, but there is only Quinn, who gets help from the Governor after he tells his wife that he will expose their affair if she doesn't help him. :-)
Lots of excitement at the end.
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