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Guns for San Sebastian (1968)

La bataille de San Sebastian (original title)
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.


Henri Verneuil


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




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


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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Adventure that explodes with the fury of men . . . women . . . and guns gone wild! [USA] See more »


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This was originally announced in 1964 as a starring vehicle for Gregory Peck. See more »


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 »


Father Joseph: My son, here. Put this on - it will protect you from the sun.
[Father hands Leon a cowl with a cross on the back]
Leon Alastray: Ha? Thank you.
Father Joseph: ...and who knows? Perhaps it will bring you a little faith!
Leon Alastray: Faith? Oh, I had plenty of faith the other night. Hey, priest - you wanna hear my confession?
[clasps hands in mock prayer]
Father Joseph: No, thank you!
Leon Alastray: Come on - it'll make you feel 10 years younger!
[laughs lewdly]
Father Joseph: ...or perhaps older!
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Followed by Krodhi (1981) See more »

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" If miracles are all you believe in, Then you forget what God's purpose is "
11 May 2011 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

The original story written by William Faherty was called " 'A wall for San Sabastian' and later under the direction of Henri Vernevil changed to " Guns For San Sabastian. " The late great Anthony Quinn plays the titled character Leon Alastray, a fugitive outlaw and bandito running from the military police. Wounded and helpless, he takes refuge in a Catholic Church under the protection of Father Joseph (Sam Jaffe) and Sanctuary. With the good priest being sent to a forgotten mission, where it's residents live in fear of the Native American, Yaki Apache, Alastray stows away and arrives at the distant mission, where Father Joseph is murdered. Due to circumstances, Leon take's the old priest's place and serves as protector and counselor to the frightened populace. Among the heavies of the film, audience members will see a very young, Charles Bronson, Jorge Martínez De Hoyos and Jaime Fernández as 'Golden Lance.' The story is slow to develop, but does rise to the occasion when expected, to such a degree it has become a Western Classic. Fine casting and good story. Recommended. ****

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Release Date:

2 May 1968 (Mexico) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | 70 mm 6-Track (Australia)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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