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Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

Nun Sara (Shirley MacLaine) is on the run in Mexico and is saved from cowboys by Hogan (Clint Eastwood), who is preparing for a future mission to capture a French fort. The pair become good friends, but Sara never does tell him the true reason behind her being outlawed.

Director:

Don Siegel

Writers:

Budd Boetticher (story), Albert Maltz (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Sara
Clint Eastwood ... Hogan
Manolo Fábregas ... Colonel Beltran (as Manolo Fabregas)
Alberto Morin ... General LeClaire
Armando Silvestre ... 1st American
John Kelly John Kelly ... 2nd American
David Povall ... Juan (as David Estuardo)
Ada Carrasco ... Juan's Mother
Pancho Córdova ... Juan's Father (as Poncho Cordoba)
José Chávez José Chávez ... Horacio (as Jose Chavez)
Pedro Galván Pedro Galván ... (as Pedro Galvan)
José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' ... (as Jose Angel Espinosa)
Enrique Lucero ... 3rd American
Aurora Muñoz Aurora Muñoz ... Sara's Friend
Xavier Marc ... Yaqui Chief
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Storyline

Set in Mexico, nun Sister Sara (Shirley MacLaine) is rescued from three cowboys by Hogan (Clint Eastwood), who is on his way to do some reconnaissance for a future mission to capture a French fort. The French are chasing Sara, but not for the reasons she tells Hogan, so he decides to help her in return for information about the fort defenses. Inevitably, the two become good friends, but Sara has a secret. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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CLINT EASTWOOD...the deadliest man alive...takes on a whole army with two guns and a fistful of dynamite!


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Trivia

The cast was headquartered at a magnificent hotel in Cocoyoc for the length of production. Susan Saint James was one visitor to the set. Another Clint girlfriend was reportedly flown in from the Bahamas. Buddies say that Eastwood also entertained at least one lady journalist amongst the members of the press flown in to tout the forthcoming movie. See more »

Goofs

Immediately after switching to the burro, Sara & Hogan arrive in a town along a dry creek bed. They dismount, and walk to their left up the bank, then cross a stone bridge over the creek to the market square. But they could have simply walked up the bank to the right, directly to the square. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
One of Sara's molesters: Look at that! Look at it!
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Alternate Versions

A 2020 BluRay edition includes both the 113:32 international cut as well as a 104:40 US domestic cut See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Sam Hall
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by Clint Eastwood
Sung by Hogan when the arrow is removed
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User Reviews

 
A very engaging time-passer,....but what about the two mules,....what two mules are they talking about, exactly?!
17 August 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is a nice change of pace for a Clint Eastwood Western. While in some ways Clint's character isn't that much different from some of his previous cowboys (he's great with a gun and is motivated by greed....until the end...just like in FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE), the chemistry of adding Shirley MacLaine really changes the film. Together, they create an engaging, though not exactly believable pair. However, despite being tough to believe, the film is so much fun and written and acted so well, that you really don't mind.

The film itself was made in Mexico with many Mexican actors. This, combined with a somewhat restrained score by Ennio Morricone, make this movie look in many ways like a "Spaghetti Western", though it was financed and directed by Americans. For these reasons, the film is like a bridge from Eastwood's earlier westerns to his more recent ones.

About the only negative about the film other than how difficult it was to believe the plot at times, was that the "secret" about MacLaine's character didn't seem like that big of a surprise,...yet the supremely smart and savvy Eastwood had no idea! THIS was the hardest part to believe! However, the film is still great fun and well worth seeing. My wife, who hates westerns, actually watched it with me and enjoyed it so I guess this cowboy pic might have a wider audience than some westerns.

By the way, which mules, exactly, were they referring to?! This confusing title had me thinking that I must have missed something!


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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish | French | Latin

Release Date:

16 June 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Mules for Sister Sara See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,050,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,050,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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