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This was one of two films Sophia Loren and Cary Grant starred in together. Grant was totally in love with her and the two had an affair. However, Grant was in love with her to the point of obsession. This frightened her and sent her straight into the arms of Carlo Ponti.
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Marlon Brando was scheduled to co-star but bowed out after reading the script, which he was not to his liking. He was replaced by Frank Sinatra.
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Cary Grant considered himself to be miscast in this film.
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Cary Grant had sworn never to make another historical film after The Howards of Virginia (1940) failed both critically and with audiences. He made an exception for this film, which ultimately failed to make a profit, though in this case, his performance was appreciated by audiences.
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In an attempt to improve her lingual skills, Sophia Loren underwent a crash course in English on the advice of then agent (and husband-to-be) Carlo Ponti.
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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.
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The film's screenwriters, the team of Edna Anhalt and Edward Anhalt, were in the process of terminating their marriage, which may account for some of the inconsistencies in the script.
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By all accounts, Frank Sinatra was at his most obstreperous throughout the making of this film. Among other things, he refused to use the car supplied him by the studio, insisting upon having his Ford Thunderbird flown all the way to Spain at the studio's expense. In addition, he almost caused an international incident when he hung a banner from his hotel room window reading "Franco is a Fink", referring to Spain's dictator, Gen. Francisco Franco. In hindsight, Sinatra referred to the whole experience as "underwhelming".
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Sophia Loren received a reported $200,000 for her work on this production, the publicity stills of which were taken by Kenneth Danvers.
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Earl Felton's uncredited re-writes were the subject of Mike Walker's play "The Gun Goes to Hollywood", broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 14 March 2011.
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Sophia Loren spoke little English at the time, so her lines were written phonetically.
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Roger Ebert's review of the film 'Papillon' uses this movie as a guideline: "Sophia Loren was once in a movie named 'The Pride and the Passion,' which involved hauling an enormous cannon halfway across Europe through deep mud. By the time they heaved the cannon into position, I had long since stopped caring, and even had a little difficulty remembering why they were doing it in the first place. The movie had expended enormous energy without cause." Throughout the 'Papillon' review he kept referencing Sophia and the cannon as something he cared less about. Both this and 'Papillon', in his opinion, had big budgets, big stars, but didn't move him.
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The film premiered on July 10, 1957, and was appreciated the stars and the spectacle, making this among the 20 highest-grossing films of 1957 and though the net profit of the film was substantial at $8.75 million for that year, the film's high production costs proved to be the key factor in the film losing $2.5 million.

Variety praised the film's production values, saying "Top credit must go to the production. The panoramic, long-range views of the marching and terribly burdened army, the painful fight to keep the gun mobile through ravine and over waterway - these are major pluses"
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Cary Grant's obsession with Sophia did not go unnoticed by his wife, Betsy Drake. She angrily left Spain to return to the US. Her choice of transportation was unfortunate. She was aboard the Andrea Doria when was involved in an at sea collision with the Stockholm on 25 July 1956. The Andrea Doria sank the next day with the loss of 46 souls. Betsy was safely evacuated.
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"Variety" gave the film high marks for production value, stating "Top credit must go to the production. The panoramic, long-range views of the marching and terribly-burdened army, the painful fight to keep the gun mobile through ravine and over waterway - these are major pluses."
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In his music score for "The Pride and the Passion," George Antheil borrowed heavily from the Spanish orchestrations and rhythms of composer Maurice Ravel. Especially from the compositions "Bolero for Orchestra" (1928) and "Rapsodie Espagnole for Orchestra" (1907). Antheil, a brilliant composer, pianist, author, and inventor, would die less than 2 years after the premiere of the film of a heart attack. He was only 58 years old.
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Stanley Kramer originally wanted Marlon Brando and Ava Gardner as Grant's costars.
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According to the biography of Perico Vidal "Big time", Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner had a great reconciliation at the hotel "Felipe II" which is in El Escorial while filming the scenes in which the grand cannon spends the night in the famous Monastery of that locality.
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