Set in Mexico, a nun called Sara is rescued from three cowboys by Hogan, who is on his way to do some reconnaissance, for a future mission to capture a French fort. The French are chasing ... See full summary »
A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail/supply centre. Along with them is sent a doctor who causes instant antipathy between him and the ... See full summary »
Set in Mexico, a nun called Sara is rescued from three cowboys by Hogan, who is on his way to do some reconnaissance, for a future mission to capture a French fort. The French are chasing Sara, but not for the reasons she tells Hogan, so he decides to help her in return for information about the fort defences. Inevitably the two become good friends but Sara has a secret.. Written by
The film's title is actually a pun, of sorts. Though Sara's initial transportation is a mule, she soon trades the now-lame mule for a burro. The second "mule" of the title is actually Eastwood's character, Hogan, whom Sara complains is stubborn and even refers to him as "Mr. Mule" in one scene. See more »
Hogan becomes very agitated when he sees Sara wasting water, as if he thinks it's scarce. But minutes later, they travel down a flowing stream. So even if a frontiersman/soldier/mercenary like Hogan couldn't detect that much water so close by, his horses certainly could, and he'd notice their behavior. So he had to know there was plenty of water nearby. See more »
One of Sara's molesters:
Look at that! Look at it!
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Curious, unexpectedly talky western set in the Mexican desert. Drifter on horseback saves a nun from rape at the hands of bandits, she saves him by removing an arrow from his shoulder. The rapport between these two couldn't have looked very colorful on the printed page, but by God if stars Clint Eastwood and feisty Shirley MacLaine don't give it color and charisma. The writing isn't very expressive, and there's an odd drop-off in action after the opening sequence, but once you get attuned to the film's rhythm, it surprises you with its resonance. For action buffs, only the final shoot-out will please; for everyone else, a leisurely, though absorbing and entertaining, character-driven change-of-pace. *** from ****
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