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Guns for San Sebastian (1968)

La bataille de San Sebastian (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 2 May 1968 (Mexico)
In 1743, outlaw Leon Alastray is hunted by the Spanish army but is given sanctuary by a priest in a village terrorized by marauding Yaqui Indians.

Director:

Henri Verneuil

Writers:

William Barby Faherty (novel), Serge Gance (as Serge Ganz) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Quinn ... Leon Alastray
Anjanette Comer ... Kinita
Charles Bronson ... Teclo
Sam Jaffe ... Father Joseph
Silvia Pinal ... Felicia
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ... Felipe Cayetano
Jaime Fernández Jaime Fernández ... 'Golden Lance'
Rosa Furman ... Agueda
Leon Askin ... Vicar General
José Chávez José Chávez ... Antonito
Ivan Desny ... Col. Calleja
Fernand Gravey ... Governor
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Father Lucas
Jorge Russek ... Pedro
Aurora Clavel ... Magdalena
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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 Espere

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France | Italy | Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1968 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono | 70 mm 6-Track (Australia)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Anthony Quinn was on Variety's list of Top Ten Overpriced Stars of 1968. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Col. Calleja: [upon finding the village deserted] The guns go back! Men, dismount! We leave in the morning!
Leon Alastray: [later in Leon's room] Well, goodnight. Happy dreams, my son.
Col. Calleja: Goodnight. Thank you.
Leon Alastray: I suppose we are leaving before sunup?
Col. Calleja: 'We'? We leave?
Leon Alastray: Well, I must face my bishop, and you the governor.... and report OUR failure.
[feigns apathy by thumbing through a Bible]
Col. Calleja: What failure?
Leon Alastray: Our mission.
[goes back to pretending to read a Bible]
[...]
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The Dam Busters.
13 January 2016 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Guns for San Sebastian is directed by Henri Verneuil and adapted to screenplay by James R. Webb from the novel "A Wall for San Sebastian" written by William Barby Faherty. It stars Anthony Quinn, Charles Bronson, Anjanette Comer, Sam Jaffe and Silvia Pinal. Music is by Ennio Morricone and cinematography by Armand Thirard.

An outlaw on the run is mistaken for a priest by peasant villagers who are at the mercy of bandits and Yaqui Indians.

Something of a multi euro Western, Guns for San Sebastian latches onto the Spaghetti Western coat tails whilst attempting to put something new in the wardrobe. Undeniably the critics who said it's pedestrian in pace are absolutely right, the first two thirds of the piece asks for a great deal of your patience, whilst simultaneously demanding you buy into the various themes trundling away.

With a surreal sub-plot at play, a jokey romance and some atrocious dubbing, it's not hard to dismiss it as purely fun cannon fodder. Yet there's some strengths in the piece, literary wise and from a thrilling stand point as the last third brings the thunderous siege - cum battle stations. Quinn throws in a good turn, the Durango locale is superbly photographed, and Morricone offers up one of his tonally astute scores.

It's all very Magnificent 7 et al, but nothing wrong with that, that is on proviso you can get through the labours of the first hour or so. 7/10


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