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Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

Nun Sara (Shirley MacLaine) is on the run in Mexico and is saved from cowboys by Hogan (Clint Eastwood), who is preparing for a future mission to capture a French fort. The pair become good friends, but Sara never does tell him the true reason behind her being outlawed.

Director:

Don Siegel

Writers:

Budd Boetticher (story), Albert Maltz (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Sara
Clint Eastwood ... Hogan
Manolo Fábregas ... Colonel Beltran (as Manolo Fabregas)
Alberto Morin ... General LeClaire
Armando Silvestre ... 1st American
John Kelly John Kelly ... 2nd American
David Povall ... Juan (as David Estuardo)
Ada Carrasco ... Juan's Mother
Pancho Córdova ... Juan's Father (as Poncho Cordoba)
José Chávez José Chávez ... Horacio (as Jose Chavez)
Pedro Galván Pedro Galván ... (as Pedro Galvan)
José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' ... (as Jose Angel Espinosa)
Enrique Lucero ... 3rd American
Aurora Muñoz Aurora Muñoz ... Sara's Friend
Xavier Marc ... Yaqui Chief
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Storyline

Set in Mexico, nun Sister Sara (Shirley MacLaine) is rescued from three cowboys by Hogan (Clint Eastwood), 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 defenses. Inevitably, the two become good friends, but Sara has a secret. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

CLINT EASTWOOD...the deadliest man alive...takes on a whole army with two guns and a fistful of dynamite!


Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French | Latin

Release Date:

16 June 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Mules for Sister Sara See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,050,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,050,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During a Q&A at the TCM Film Fest in 2015, Shirley MacLaine had this to say about Clint Eastwood, "Quite brilliant, and funny, because he's so laconic and doesn't know it. I adore him. I remember when we were doing Two Mules for Sister Sara, his horse was acting up. This is when I knew he's a true Republican. He got off the horse, looked at the horse, and socked him." See more »

Goofs

In the train trestle scene, in the moments prior to the dynamite explosion and resulting crash of the train, there are no wires/cables visible above the trestle. But when the train is seen approaching, wires or cables are clearly visible overhead. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
One of Sara's molesters: Look at that! Look at it!
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Alternate Versions

To receive an 'A' (PG) certificate the UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove shots of burning men and a soldier's face being slashed during the climax. The 1987 CIC video was 15-rated but featured a shorter print which missed around 8 minutes of footage. The 1993 widescreen video and all later DVD releases include the full uncut version. See more »


Soundtracks

Sam Hall
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by Clint Eastwood
Sung by Hogan when the arrow is removed
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User Reviews

 
Fun Little Western With Eastwood and MacLaine

Don Siegel's "Two Mules For Sister Sara" starring Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine is certainly not one of the brilliant Westerns with Eastwood, but it is a very well directed, greatly acted and very amusing little Western comedy with good wit that highly entertains. Eastwood, who is cool as always, and the lovable MacLaine match perfectly, and the plot has some nice twists (although it should be said that some of the 'twists' are not really too surprising).

After gunsling Hogan (Eastwood) saves a nun named Sara (MacLaine) from a bunch of guys who wanted to rape her in the middle of the desert by shooting them, he now has to take care of her, which annoys him. It's a time of revolution against the French in Mexico, and while Hogan, who is interested in quick money, will fight for whichever side pays well (which happens to be the revolutionaries), his new traveling companion Sara is very obviously an idealistic supporter of the revolutionary Juaristas...

As mentioned above, "Two Mules For Sister Sara" can in no way come up to the brilliance of Eastwood movies such as Leone's Dollar Trilogy (few movies can) or Eastwood's very own "High Plains Drifter" of 1973. Nevertheless, it is a good little western with a lot of charm and wit, which provides an exciting story, action and great entertainment as well as many good laughs. Clint Eastwood has always been the epitome of coolness, especially in his Westerns, and MacLaine is great in her role of the feisty sister Sara. Overall, "Two Mules For Sister Sara" is a highly entertaining Western Comedy, that will not leave anybody bored. Recommended! 7/10


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