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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 ... '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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Storyline

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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All Hell Breaks Loose in San Sebastian! See more »


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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy | Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1968 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Guns for San Sebastian See more »

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Runtime:

(theatrical) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono | 70 mm 6-Track (Australia)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

William Flaherty, who wrote the screenplay, was a Jesuit priest. See more »

Goofs

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

Agueda: So you force us to return. Now, your soldiers are going Priest. How will you hold us?
Leon Alastray: Well, Agueda. I hope you will all stay because... Because you all CHOOSE to stay.
Diego: When your protectors are gone, we will KILL you for this!
Leon Alastray: Diego, you will kill no one. You are a coward like all the rest.
Antonito: Why don't you call for help? Your soldiers can still hear you.
Leon Alastray: I call for no help. YOU are the weaklings always crying for help. For years, you hide behind Teclo and his... And his 17 vaqueros. You run to the...
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Featured in Lionpower from MGM (1967) See more »

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Surprising good and enjoyable surrealistic spaghetti western.
27 February 2007 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

The movie begins bad with some bad story-flow and also the rest of the movie suffers from this, though the movie definitely gets better as the movie progresses. In the beginning it isn't too clear were the movie is heading to and the movie makes a pretty formulaic and redundant impression. However from the moment on when the main character arrives in San Sabastian, the story gets developed well and becomes interesting and original. This certainly ain't no formulaic spaghetti western. The movie gets multiple layered, when it concentrates on the divine. It helps the characters to develop well and the story to become interesting. The movie certainly shows some parallels to the movie "The Mission", even though it isn't as beautifully and professionally made.

It doesn't seem like it at first but the movie becomes surprisingly action filled toward the ending, with some quite big scale battles. Also the ending most certainly does not disappoint.

The movie has some good actors that help to flesh out the flat characters. Anthony Quinn is a good main lead and he makes the moral change his character goes through seem believable. Charles Bronson plays a good movie villain, though his character is perhaps a bit underused. Further more the movie features Sam Jaffe, once again in the role of a Christian.

The directing isn't much good, since the story-flow of the movie is quite poor at times, which is also due to some bad editing. Nevertheless the movie is filled with some memorable and great looking sequences, although it's also definitely true that most of those sequences are being uplifted by the musical score by Ennio Morricone.

Definitely worth seeing if you get the chance.

7/10

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