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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.

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 »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Despite the fact that it was a European co-production and the presence of Ennio Morricone, Anthony Quinn and Charles Branson,this was actually filmed entirely in Mexico. 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

Leon Alastray: [Kinita is crying, and Leon is drunk] I can't stand sniveling - stop your sniveling. I want to tell you something. Have you ever wondered why I stayed here? Was it because of that... that crazy old priest? Was it because of a god I... I don't even BELIEVE in? Was it because... Because for the first time in my life, I... I felt important, and I liked the 'yes, Father'; 'no, Father'; 'God bless you, Father'? Or was it because of you?
[pauses and thinks]
Leon Alastray: I think it was because of you.
Kinita: [...]
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Connections

Featured in L'âge d'or de la musique de film 1965-1975 (2009) See more »

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Anthony Quinn A Priest ?
29 January 2005 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Over the years I seemed to have missed this great picture with Anthony Quinn, Charles Bronson, Sam Jaffe and Anjanette Comer. At first I was not sure if I was going to like this picture because Sam Jaffe,(Father Joseph),"The Dunwich Horror",'70, gave the impression it was going to be a long boring film about the struggles of a poor priest in the desert. I was soon fooled as Anthony Quinn,(Leon Alastray),"The Shoes of the Fisherman",'68 is befriended by Father Joseph and at one point takes over the church and rings the bell of the church to summon the local people who are hiding in the hills. Leon Alastray meets up with Anajanette Comer,(Kinita),"The Baby",'73, who has very deep romantic feels for Leon and wants to make love, however, Leon is overwhelmed with a strong religious feeling and is unable to cooperate. There is lots of action battles and even a cannon gets into the action along with plenty of arrows flying through the air. It is a very entertaining film and Anthony Quinn had me laughing in quite a few parts of the film.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1968 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(theatrical) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono | 70 mm 6-Track (Australia)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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