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The Pride and the Passion (1957)

During the Napoleonic Wars, a British captain is sent to Spain to help prevent the French from stealing a powerful cannon.

Director:

Stanley Kramer

Writers:

Edna Anhalt (screen story and screenplay), Edward Anhalt (screen story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cary Grant ... Anthony
Frank Sinatra ... Miguel
Sophia Loren ... Juana
Theodore Bikel ... Gen. Jouvet
John Wengraf ... Sermaine
Jay Novello ... Ballinger
José Nieto ... Carlos (as Jose Nieto)
Carlos Larrañaga ... Jose (as Carlos Larranaga)
Philip Van Zandt ... Vidal
Paco El Laberinto Paco El Laberinto ... Manolo (as Paco el Laberinto)
Julián Ugarte Julián Ugarte ... Enrique
Félix de Pomés ... Bishop (as Felix de Pomes)
Carlos Casaravilla ... Leonardo
Juan Olaguivel Juan Olaguivel ... Ramon
Nana DeHerrera Nana DeHerrera ... Maria (as Nana de Herrera)
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Storyline

The story in this movie deals with the perseverance of Spaniards to take back their country from the French who have conquered Spain under Napoleon as he marched over Europe. A huge cannon, perhaps the largest in the world at that time, is discarded by the army as they retreat from the French invaders. A "ragtag" group of Spanish loyalists find "The Gun" and begin to restore it so they may tow it across Spain to the French stronghold in Avila and use it to open the giant walls for an invasion. Luckily Britain has sent someone to retrieve the cannon for England so they can have it to fight the French also AND to make sure that the French don't get the gun! A shoemaker and his voluptuous girl friend are the leaders of the peasants trying to get the gun to Avila. The Brit can't get help to get the giant gun back to his ship without the peasants and the shoemaker won't help him unless they all go blast Avila open first. The Brit has the knowledge needed to fire the weapon and the ... Written by Eduardo Randallo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

10 July 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Orgullo y pasión See more »

Filming Locations:

Avila, Spain See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

With seven weeks of shooting in Spain still left on the schedule, Frank Sinatra--who hated Spain--told director Stanley Kramer, "Hot or cold, Thursday I'm leaving the movie. So get a lawyer and sue me," according to Kramer biographer Donald Spoto. Kramer tried to solve the problem with two days of shooting in a Hollywood studio with potted palms. See more »

Goofs

The French commander at Avila threatened local peasants to tell him where the cannon was shortly after the journey to Avila with the cannon started, but Avila was far away from the cannon and the cannon was heading toward Avila and the peasants couldn't have even known where it was or even known about it. Word did not travel that fast in those days. See more »

Quotes

General Jouvet: [to Sermaine] How these Spanish love their moment of truth - to drench the ground with their blood - to die. Why?
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The British Grenadiers
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You may fire when ready Cary!
14 January 2005 | by lwetzelSee all my reviews

During the Napoleonic Wars, British naval captain Cary Grant and Spanish freedom fighters Sophia Loren, Frank Sinatra and a real cast of thousands try to keep an enormous cannon from the evil French occupiers. Lots of impressive scenes with hundreds and sometimes thousands of extras and lots of mules and rope to pull that gun over the countryside with the French Army in hot pursuit. The movie is visually impressive; a knife fight amongst windmills, great battle sequences, large epic shots of hundreds and thousands of people all set against the beautiful Spanish landscape (where the movie was filmed). The problem is the actors. Grant is the best, but too stoic; Loren is beautiful, but too fey; and Sinatra is just miscast, his Spanish accent awful and totally unbelievable as the passionate Loren's love interest. Worth watching for the spectacle and the great scenes and scenery, but the personal soap opera between Cary, Frank and Loren puts a damper on the fun. I wish another actor had played Miguel, Sinatra's character - how about Anthony Quinn, Ricardo Montalban, Fernando Lamas, or even mature character actors like Cesar Romero or Gilbert Roland? I could never believe Sophia was interested in Frank.


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