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9/10
Nuns and Cowboys: together at last.
Doc-17220 July 1999
The most used formula for Westerns would have to be this: approximately two to five people thrown together by dire circumstances where they're forced to brave the wilds with only their wits, each other and maybe a couple rifles. They focus mainly on character development, character interaction and the bond that develops during these manliest of adventures. Now, given this, what better combination of people is there than a nun and a cowboy? You're right! There isn't any!

Now just because the leading lady is a nun, don't think there isn't any sexual tension. It's sexual tensions abound! Not only that but it's a fun, well-made movie. Shirley MacLaine was great and, lets face it, Clint Eastwood was born to make westerns. Well, maybe not "make" them ... but he's a great cowboy. Well directed, well paced, good story, good acting and it stars a nun and a cowboy. The opening music didn't "do it" for me but even that would probably grow on me. I fully endorse this movie. Look for "Two Mules for Sister Sara" T-shirts with myself in the background giving the thumbs-up.
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8/10
Clint at his best
cutter-1229 April 2005
Sure, he's in the shadow here of his more famous Leone westerns, but this vehicle, amiably directed by Don Siegel and aided by a quirky Ennio Morricone score, is an entertaining little spaghetti western knockoff shot on location in Mexico. Story-wise, it's an old west Heaven Knows Mr. Allison with a comic twist, and with an offbeat nemesis in the French Army. The humorous chemistry between Eastwood's Hogan and MacLaine's Sara at times clicks so well it's hard to believe they reportedly didn't get along very well during production. Though when it comes to Shirley MacLaine nothing really surprises me.

As far as Eastwood's post Spaghetti movies, he's rarely been in better form than this. Essentially continuing his man with no name persona, he gets far more dialogue this time around which fleshes out his character and makes him a little more three dimensional. It's a nice change of pace from the Leone westerns to hear Clint spout a few humorous lines and have the odd hilarious facial expression in between his trademark squinting and snarling and cigar chomping.

Disciples of Leone's trilogy may never warm up to an admittedly hammier Clint in this, but as Clint's Hollywood westerns go, this is a fun and well made duster. Shouldn't be missed.
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7/10
Strange, but solid western
moonspinner5526 May 2002
Curious, unexpectedly talky western set in the Mexican desert. Drifter on horseback saves a nun from rape at the hands of bandits, she saves him by removing an arrow from his shoulder. The rapport between these two couldn't have looked very colorful on the printed page, but by God if stars Clint Eastwood and feisty Shirley MacLaine don't give it color and charisma. The writing isn't very expressive, and there's an odd drop-off in action after the opening sequence, but once you get attuned to the film's rhythm, it surprises you with its resonance. For action buffs, only the final shoot-out will please; for everyone else, a leisurely, though absorbing and entertaining, character-driven change-of-pace. *** from ****
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7/10
A very engaging time-passer,....but what about the two mules,....what two mules are they talking about, exactly?!
MartinHafer17 August 2006
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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8/10
The film echoes "The African Queen," but...
Nazi_Fighter_David2 September 2000
With the intervention of Napoleon III of France, Archduque Maximilian was installed as emperor in Mexico but Mexican countrymen known as Juaristas (Juarez' resistance) were fighting to demonstrate that their country could act independently, that - as the reform contended - all men were equal under law, and that foreign monarchical adventures in Mexico were futile...

Sister Sara (Shirley MacLaine), presumably a nun, has adopted their cause and is being pursued by the French army for raising money to the Juaristas... Hogan (Clint Eastwood) is a wonder obliged to neither party... He appears unexpectedly when Sister Sara is about to be raped by three men... Fortunately for her, he kills them all...

But unlike the 'Man With No Name,' Eastwood doesn't turn and ride away... He escorts the good-looking nun in her mission...

But the nun's strange behavior intrigues his curiosity... She smokes cigars, she drinks whiskey and her language comes to be every day more profane...

Hogan's fascination with her arrives at its peak when she removes an Indian arrow from his shoulder, having rendering him half insensible by intoxicating him with shots of Whiskey...

After joining her to blow up a French supply train, he is persuaded to help a group of Juaristas led by Colonel Beltran (Manolo Fabregas) in a final attack on a French garrison...

The climax of "Two Mules for Sister Sara" displays the differences between Leone's conclusion which the 'Stranger' merely disappears into the mists of time... The change of image didn't excite the audience leaving the picture with enough nostalgia for the myth of the loner, the super hero, the 'Man With No Name.'

The film (beautifully shot in Color) is really a two-character story... The interesting team gives amusing and tender performances... The motion picture echoes "The African Queen," but is far away from being Hepburn/Bogart exciting adventure...
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8/10
The gunfighter helps the nun and vice versa.
tmwest29 April 2004
The famous critic Pauline Kael in an interview mentioned that the opinion about a film sometimes changes according to the time that the film is viewed. A film that might be great when seen for the first time ten years later might seem completely outdated and vice versa. 'Two Mules' is a western that was released at a time that the public wanted something else. What they wanted was Clint Eastwood 'The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly' style, and that was what he kept doing for the next years. 'Two Mules' was considered a failure, specially because of Shirley MacLaine that did not fit into the standard Eastwood pattern. Nowadays the story is different, the film is worth seeing, specially because of MacLaine. Most of the time they are together and it works very well, Eastwood is less serious than usual and it is very funny how he tries to understand how a nun thinks. The music by Morriconne has a comic touch and together with the wild creatures that are shown on the screen like a scorpion, a rattlesnake, a mountain lion gives a great beginning. The final part does not keep the same level, but those two great actors and their funny relationship are quite enough to make this a very good film. The script of the film was originally written by Budd Boetticher while he was filming "Aruzza" in Mexico. He needed money very badly to complete "Aruzza" so he sold the script, and got very upset later on when they did not make the film the way he wanted.
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8/10
" I figured there was only going to be one funeral, Catholic! "
thinker169110 October 2007
When the French army took control of the country we call Mexico, they counted on one factor to help them subdue the population, . . . fear! The use of Fear, through, intimation, torture, and outright execution worked, but not in the way they thought it would. The French brutality had an effect alright, it had the disastrous consequence of cementing the people, their friends and hundreds of mercenaries into an avenging force. Although there are many stories of the revolution, several stand out as movie classics. The Professionals, is one favorite, another is, "Two Mules for Sister Sara." In this story we have an American mercenary (Clint Eastwood) named Hogan who has bitter memories of the Civil War and decides to try for a quick Gold fortune in Mexico. He agrees to help Mexican Col. Beltran (Manuel Fabregas) take the French Garrison in exchange for half the treasury. Along the way, Hogan is joined by a traveling Catholic Nun, named Sister Sara (Shirley MacLaine) who has more secrets than just fear of being captured by the French. Innicially captured by three whiskey drinking rouges who strip, humiliate and threaten the beautiful Nun, she becomes a surprising and necessary ally. In their wondering, they save each other's life until the end, when Hogan is completely shocked with Sister Sara as she reveals her most guarded secret. I loved the movie, especially it's memorable and haunting theme at the beginning of the film. Superb! ****
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7/10
Fun Little Western With Eastwood and MacLaine
Don Siegel's "Two Mules For Sister Sara" starring Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine is certainly not one of the brilliant Westerns with Eastwood, but it is a very well directed, greatly acted and very amusing little Western comedy with good wit that highly entertains. Eastwood, who is cool as always, and the lovable MacLaine match perfectly, and the plot has some nice twists (although it should be said that some of the 'twists' are not really too surprising).

After gunsling Hogan (Eastwood) saves a nun named Sara (MacLaine) from a bunch of guys who wanted to rape her in the middle of the desert by shooting them, he now has to take care of her, which annoys him. It's a time of revolution against the French in Mexico, and while Hogan, who is interested in quick money, will fight for whichever side pays well (which happens to be the revolutionaries), his new traveling companion Sara is very obviously an idealistic supporter of the revolutionary Juaristas...

As mentioned above, "Two Mules For Sister Sara" can in no way come up to the brilliance of Eastwood movies such as Leone's Dollar Trilogy (few movies can) or Eastwood's very own "High Plains Drifter" of 1973. Nevertheless, it is a good little western with a lot of charm and wit, which provides an exciting story, action and great entertainment as well as many good laughs. Clint Eastwood has always been the epitome of coolness, especially in his Westerns, and MacLaine is great in her role of the feisty sister Sara. Overall, "Two Mules For Sister Sara" is a highly entertaining Western Comedy, that will not leave anybody bored. Recommended! 7/10
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8/10
What a good movie!
fleecy27 September 1998
It was a different kind of western with a surprising ending. Clint Eastwood and Shirley McClaine had great chemistry and gave great performances; especially Clint Eastwood. It was fun to watch with a good story line. Very entertaining!
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7/10
Enjoyable Western /comedy in which Eastwood and MacLaine play a funny and amusing couple
ma-cortes29 March 2013
Well crafted Western with interesting and engaging screenplay written by Albert Maltz from a story by Bud Boetticher . It deals with a nun called Sara (Shirley MacLaine) and two mules (second mule was actually a burro) , as she is attacked by three outlaws , being rescued by a drifter named Hogan (Clint Eastwood) , who is on his way across Mexican desert and becoming wary of her religious nature . Gringo Hogan arrives in Mexico do some reconnaissance, for a next mission to capture a French fort , so he decides to help her in return for information about the defences . Inevitably both of them become good friends but Sara has a twisted secret . At the end takes place a needlessly violent slaughter against Maximiliano army . Hogan is the deadliest man alive , he takes on a whole army with two guns and a fistful of dynamite! .

This classic as well as diverting Western results to be a good fun that contains thrills , humor , slow and deliberating filming , elaborate shoot-outs , and portentous battles with bloodbaths included . It's a special following to original ¨Dollars trilogy¨ with Eastwood as ¨Man with no name¨ ; as this new role as Hogan bears remarkable resemblance . Clint returns his classic character of ¨The man with no name¨ and MacLaine is an unlikely nun in this amusing comedy Western . Shirley MacLaine did not get along during the shoot with director Don Siegel , with whom she openly fought . While in Austria filming ¨When eagles dare¨, Clint Eastwood was approached with the script by Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton's wife at the time, with the notion of starring together in the film ; however, Universal Pictures was unwilling to pay Taylor's high salary . Being a Mexico/USA co-production in the picture appears numerous Mexican secondary actors such as Manuel Fabregas , Enrique Lucero , Armando Silvestre , among others . Maestro Ennio Morricone composes a groundbreaking and streaking soundtrack , including some comic touches . Colorful and evocative cinematography in Panavision by excellent Mexican cameraman Gabriel Figueroa and uncredited Robert Surtees , being filmed in Cuaútla, Morelos, Jantetelco, Tlayacapan, Mexico .

The motion picture was rightly produced by Martin Rackin and well directed by Donald Siegel . His first feature as a director was 1946's The Verdict (1946). He made his reputation in the early and mid-'50s with a series of tightly made, expertly crafted, tough but intelligent "B" pictures , among them : The Lineup (1958), Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954), Invasion of the body snatchers (1956)), then graduated to major "A" films in the 1960s and early 1970s. He made several "side trips" to television, mostly as a producer . Siegel directed what is generally considered to be Elvis Presley's best picture, Flamingo Star (1960). All of Eastwood's later Western and his ¨Dirty Harry¨ movies owe a considerable debt to Sergio Leone and Donald Siegel . As Donald directed Eastwood in various films , such as : Coogan's bluff , The beguiled , Dirty Harry , Escape from Alcatraz and , of course , this ¨ Two mules and sister Sara¨. He had a long professional relationship and personal friendship with Clint Eastwood, who has often said that everything he knows about filmmaking he learned from Don Siegel . ¨Two mules and sister Sara¨ is an enjoyable film for Clint Eastwood and Donald Siegel enthusiasts , including their usual trademarks , it's full of which made their films so memorable, others might find it a bit long but no one can deny its sense of style what achieved a great burst of world-wide popularity .
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8/10
Echos of Leone, a great movie
monkmellon1513 June 2005
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Clint Eastwood is at his stone faced best in this film along side Shirley Maclaine's sister Sara. The film is beautifully shot, superbly acted and contains one of Morricone's most haunting scores. Like His "man with no name" character from the dollars trilogy, Eastwood's Hogan is trite with convictions and complex. When he first rescues Sara by murdering her would-be rapists, She comments about how he is a good man. As they travel together, tension mounts as Hogan becomes attracted to Sara, because of her beauty and her "beautiful character" as he puts it. Hogan explains that he has never been married because he does not want to be tied down and enjoys living freely with no one to answer to or tie him down. While drunk, Hogan confesses that he keeps wishing that Sara were not a nun. Later in the film, when it is revealed that Sara is in fact, no nun, but actually a prostitute, Hogan is overjoyed. He is relieved that the woman who he thought a woman of overbearing virtue is actually one of lesser morals. At the end of the film, we see Hogan and Sara riding off together, Sara dressed up in her true colors, and hogan tied down with all of her regalia and luggage. I may be alone in this opinion, but I was slightly disappointed when Sara's character turned out to be something other than a nun. The rebel nun aiding and abetting the juaristas was much more intriguing to me than a hooker sexing information out of french officers. Mata Haris are a dime a dozen, but a guerrilla nun is something else! Oh, well, in my mind maybe an alternate ending could be Hogan and Sara parting ways as he drops her off with her mule at the convent. He pulls out her silver cross from his pocket, revealing that he in fact didn't sell it for booze like she requested, she holds it for a second, dusts it off and hands it back to him. He takes it, tips his hat, squints into the sunset in true Eastwood style and says "so long, sister."
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7/10
"Sister, you wanna bless 'em, you bless 'em dry."
classicsoncall8 September 2007
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"Two Mules for Sister Sara" is actually a pretty cool sounding name for the story, cooler I suppose than 'Disabled Mule and Replacement Burro for Sister Sara' would have been. Western movie titles as late as the 1950's often had nothing to do with the story, but this one at least came fairly close. Close also in identifying the character of Sister Sara (Shirley MacLaine), I don't think Hooker Sara would have cut it.

All in all though, this one's a fairly entertaining Western, made so by the banter between the good sister and Clint Eastwood's character Hogan. I lost some interest toward the end of the film when attention turned to the hostilities between the Mexican Army and the French Cavalry, probably because of unfamiliarity with that piece of history. By that time, and with the revelation of Sara's real identity, I started questioning why she went to all the trouble of those intricate masquerades in honoring religious custom, like praying at the shrine, when Hogan would have been none the wiser. It made for good filler, but the question for a pretender like Sara would have been - why bother?

For his part, Eastwood tones down the Man With No Name menace effectively to pull off the relationship with MacLaine. I thought the dialog between them relating to sexual awareness by religious was handled rather maturely, with neither character having to resort to cliché or embarrassment. Still, I can't quite picture MacLaine as a prostitute for the story's twist, she just doesn't have the face for it. Let's picture Jane Fonda in the role, shall we.

If you're on the fence about watching the flick, the opening Ennio Morricone score might just be the grabber, with the electronic donkey bray calling to mind that ersatz holiday jingle, Dominic The Christmas Donkey. It resurfaces from time to time again in just the right spots. That, along with Sister Sara's colorful riding technique, gives me a pretty good idea why Don Siegel's name appears on a headstone in "High Plains Drifter".

Hey now, can you REALLY do that with a dead rattlesnake's tail?
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One of Eastwood's best westerns
tieman6427 February 2010
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Clint Eastwood plays another wandering loner in Don Siegel's "Two Mules For Sister Sara". Here he's a mercenary who has been hired by Mexican soldiers to rob a French garrison. On his way there he meets a nun (Shirley MacLaine) who claims to know the layout of the fortress. Recognising that her inside information may prove useful, the duo strike up a deal, mount their mules and head off on a little adventure.

Much of the film's delights are had by simply observing the interactions between Clint and MacLaine. Unlike your typical nun, she's a vulgar oaf who surprises Clint with her crude behaviour. The film tries to tackle some light themes – the nun's religious devotion contrasted with Clint's mercenary self-centredness, Clint's self-control (he wants to make love to her but can't because he respects her faith) contrasted with the nun's immorality (she's not a nun but a whore in disguise) - but mostly it plays things for easy jokes and comic book violence. Which is fine. Clint looks cool doing anything.

The tobacco chewing, poncho wearing super-star spends most of the second half of the film vomiting one-liners, lighting dynamite with his cigar and gunning down French soldiers with the kind of super-cool casualness that made him famous. Unfazed and nonchalant, he's in total control. Guy's love this tough-loner archetype, of course, it's the reason everyone from Keanue Reeves to Arnold Swarzenegger has a career. But with his permanent frown, gravely voice and quiet intelligence, Clint is more next-generation Bogart than macho action hero.

Beyond all this, Don Siegel's direction is excellent. An attack on a huge fort is especially thrilling and the film's final shot is hilarious. Rounding things off is Ennio Morricone's score, which is every bit as precious as his more well known tracks.

8/10 - Siegel made a cluster of excellent films. "Charley Varrick", "Escape from Alcatraz", "Telefon", "Hell is for Heroes", "Riot in Cell Block 11", "Two Mules For Sister Sara", "The Shootist", "The Killers", "Coogans Bluff" and "The Verdict" have all aged surprisingly well, though few of his films reach the heights of "The Beguiled".

Worth one viewing.
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Superb film. Under rated and highly entertaining.
eaglejet9827 November 2003
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Great flick.

The director used an ingenious combination of Clint Eastwood's `Man with no name' character and Shirley MacLaine's charm to make a funny and entertaining movie.

POSSIBLE SPOILER: `Every man's got a right to be a sucker once', as Hogan says. But he's no sucker and Sarah is no nun. Every aspect of the film works. For a while the audience actually believes Sarah is a nun and Hogan will never romance her. Outside of that, the rest of the plot is a classic Eastwood western, with him chomping the smoked out cigar and tossing sticks of dynamite. The plot is predictable, but that is what we want. We want Hogan to out gun the bad guys and get the gold. And somehow we know there has to be some sort of romantic relationship for Sarah and Hogan.

Once we find out Sarah's real profession, it all fits. Bad guys lose; Hogan and Sarah win, and ride off together. The last scene is hilarious. We know Hogan is going to be henpecked the rest of his married life and we know he will love every minute of it.
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10/10
Terrific film
jspratjr316 June 2003
I love Clint westerns and Two Mules For Sister Sara is no exception. Clint is Clint and Shirley MacLaine is perfect for her role as "Sister Sara". The developing chemistry between Eastwood and MacLaine is fun to watch and the score outstanding. As usual, Clint has some classic one-liners. I've watched this DVD 5 times and have yet to be bored.
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10/10
I Loved it
Marie-6219 March 2001
This movie was definitely worth seeing. I only heard of it once on this site for a Shirley MacLaine movie, but when I saw it in the store, I immediately baught it. Then I came home and watched it, and I LOVED IT! The scenes are both funny and somewhat heart-warming at the same time (if you consider "Sober up! You better sober up you b*****d or I'm going to kill you!" heartwarming.) Clint Eastwood was terrific as the "no good Atheist" drunk cowbody and Shirley MacLaine was even better as the "nun gone wrong". I highly recommend this movie to those who want to laugh and admire the romance. A perfect 10.
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9/10
Another Great Western Film
Rainey-Dawn20 October 2014
I am not a fan of Western films - generally speaking - but Two Mules for Sister Sara is a outstanding story. This movie really did get my attention from the beginning and held it until the very end. It is not a typical shot-them-up Western flick - yet it does have some gun-slinging action in it.

This is one of those films I do not want to talk about too much because I don't want to give it away - instead I will tell you to simply watch it because it is good! I can say it is a very interesting concept: The gunslinger helping a nun and vice versa - just watch the film and see how they meet and it plays out you will not be disappointed.

9/10
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9/10
Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine Whip the entire French Army
zardoz-136 August 2009
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"Invasion of the Body Snatchers" director Don Siegel and blacklisted Hollywood scenarist Albert Maltz appropriated an old Budd Boetticher scrip and turned it into a lively little shoot'em up called "Two Mules for Sister Sara." Earlier, Eastwood and Siegel had collaborated as star and director on "Coogan's Bluff," and this film, set against the French Revolution, marked their second collaboration. Wearing a stylist leather hat, Clint appears as gritty and unshaven as he did in his Sergio Leone Spaghetti oaters. Now, however, he plays a swift-shooting, soldier-of-fortune named Hogan. This blood-splattered but amusing western comedy/drama teams Eastwood's gimlet-eyed mercenary up with an impious Catholic nun, Sister Sara (Shirley MacLaine of "Sweet Charity"),in Mexico during the late 1860s when the Mexicans were throwing off the yoke of French oppression. In the original Boetticher script, the setting was the Mexican Revolution rather than the French Revolution, Boetticher's nun character was entirely different. Incidentally, sources say Boetticher hated the film. Indeed, "Two Mules" contains a surprise ending, and the constant bickering between Hogan and Sara generates many hilarious moments. Eastwood and MacLaine are charismatic throughout. The film is visually splendid to gaze at thanks to Oscar nominee Gabriel Figueroa's cinematography. Consider the way he skewers his set-ups sometimes for a interesting effect. The encounter with the Indians boasts some memorable camera angles, especially when Clint topples from the saddle.

Hogan (Clint Eastwood of "Coogan's Bluff") is leading a supply horse loaded with dynamite on his way though the dangerous Mexican wilderness when he stumbles accidentally onto three drunks and a naked woman in the middle of nowhere. The gunmen offer to share the lady, but then open fire in return. Hogan guns down two of them, but the third seizes the woman as a shield. Hogan fires up a stick of TNT and slings it at them. The third man fires at Hogan and flees. Hogan drops him with three shots. Afterward, Hogan discovers the naked lady is a Catholic nun! He helps her bury her assailants and then blows his cool when he sees Sara sprinkling his canteen on their graves. He snatches his canteen and suggests that she bless them without water since they are in the middle of an arid region. Things turn even weirder when a column of French cavalry show up, and Sara goes berserk. The French cannot capture her, she explains rapidly to Hogan, because she is working in league with the revolutionaries. Hogan unearths the dead killers and sends them off at a gallop on the backs of their ponies for the French to pursue. Hogan and Sara slip away.

Hogan has come to Mexico to help destroy a French prison on Bastille Day, and he winds up escorting Sara to the prison town. Before he reaches the prison, Hogan gets really drunk after the Yaquis shoot an arrow into his shoulder. Sister Sara uses the reflection off her cross to drive the superstitious Indians away. The scene where she has to remove the arrow from Hogan's shoulder is pretty gritty stuff. Hogan gets himself lickered up to tolerate the pain while Sara digs around the shaft of the arrow and carves a groove in it so he can put gunpowder on it, fire it up, and push it out the back of his shoulder. This scene can be rough on the squeamish. Anyway, since he is tanked enough up to withstand the pain of the arrow removal, Hogan has a difficult time with a train that he is supposed to destroy. He cannot climb the trestle to lash sticks of TNT to the pylons so he convinces Sara--who has a fear of heights--to climb up it and attach the explosives. It is ironic that a nun would hate to ascend and this plays into the big revelation at fade-out. Here comes the train and Hogan misses every shot until Sara hauls off and decks him. He recovers and nails one stick of dynamite and the entire structure collapses under the train.

The big finale finds Hogan and Sara along with some revolutionaries staging an attack on a French garrison. Siegel turns this scene into a massive combat sequence with Hogan demonstrating that he is an excellent shot with either hand. There are a couple of bloody shots in this battle sequence. As usual, Clint remains as cool as a glacier. The big surprise--which I won't reveal--concerns the way that Hogan's relationship with Sara concludes. "Two Mules for Sister Sara" is part shoot' em western and part romance and together a very amusing adventure opus.
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9/10
An Overlooked Gem
Tweekums25 November 2008
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This Western is often overlooked amongst Eastwood's better known films, in particular the Spaghetti Westerns he made with Sergio Leone, this is a shame as it is a great film. Clint plays his usual laconic drifter, this isn't a bad thing though as it is a character type he was clearly born to play. He is teamed up with Shirley MacClain who plays the eponymous Sister Sara, a nun hiding from the French army who were occupying Mexico at the time.

The film opens with Hogan (Eastwood) rescuing Sara from a group of murderous rapists in the Mexican desert, it isn't until she puts her clothes back on that he realises that she is in fact a nun. Initially he intends to leave her to continue on her journey as he is heading in the opposite direction but is persuaded to help her when he learns she is wanted by the French for helping the Mexican rebels. Later he learns that they share the same goal; to help the rebels attack a French garrison, the only difference is that Hogan is doing it for the contents of the strongbox and Sara is doing it to help free Mexico.

Along the way the meet several obstacles including French troops and a group of Indians who put an arrow through Hogan's shoulder which requires a painful looking procedure to remove. At the climax of the film the rebels attack the garrison in a scene not all that dissimilar to the ending of The Wild Bunch. We also learn something about Sister Sara that I won't spoil here.

The acting from the two stars is great, Clint is ideal as the drifter only interested in money and MacClaine really shines as the somewhat unconventional nun... as well as helping the rebels we see her having a puff on a cigar and drinking whiskey. The music, composed by Ennio Morricone must also be mentioned as, like his music for the Dollar Trilogy, adds a lot to the feel of this film. As with many other Clint Eastwood westerns this contains plenty of amusing moments and not too much graphic violence although one scene might be a little gruesome for younger viewers.
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8/10
Eastwood's Best
Elswet12 May 2007
Shirley MacLaine, Clint Eastwood, Manolo Fabregas. Profane Sister Sara recruits a drifter to help Mexican rebels attack a French fort.

This is Clint in the prime of his B Western career, and ultimately one of his very best films, western or not. This work features some stunning vistas, whether real or back-lot drop sets, the vistas are beautiful. Shirley MacLaine kicks in a convincing performance as the Profane Sister Sara, who conducts business like a wrangler.

Fraught with intrigue, some great performances, and an interesting story line, this well executed western makes for a fine rainy Saturday afternoon. Otherwise, unless you are an aficionado of the classic American western, this may be somewhat of a disappointment, if you had to clear your busy schedule to allow appropriate viewing time.

This is my favorite Clint Eastwood film, western or no, and it rates a 7.6/10 from...

the Fiend :.
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9/10
One of the three best Westerns
CKDexter-430 December 1999
Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine act brilliantly together in this clever-made movie. To watch the development of their unlikely relationship up to the unexpected ending is again and again rewarding. In this feature, Eastwood adds some irony to his usual character and that's what makes it better than "Fistful of Dollars" or "For a Few Dollars More". Violence is used consistently and not for violence's sake.
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7/10
Fun with Eastwood and MacLaine
Maziun30 November 2013
Clint and Shirley have great chemistry together. The movie is light on action and works as a lighthearted comedy. The music by Ennio Morricone is cool . The movie is really funny in some places like the talk about the ass. The dialogue is often witty. There is no unnecessary violence. The movie has moments when it gets little serious , but not too serious . The plot is not quite predictable as one could suspect. The final battle is quite exciting.

Despite what IMDb tells you this is not really a war movie. It is set during war , but it's western. It's one of Eastwood weaker westerns , but still a good and enjoyable movie. I give it 7/10.

P.S. For those who don't understood the title - Eastwood is stubborn as mule , get it ? It's a joke.
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8/10
One of Clints most enjoyable westerns
farcryfolk26 April 2012
This movie was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting perhaps a spaghetti western comedy, but what I got was an exciting plot that moved right along, with good performances from the two leads, some nice scenery, good dialogue and a great buildup to a nice climax. Shirley Mcclaine was perfectly cast, and boy did she look absolutely splendid. The scene where Clint questions her morals as a nun who shuns the physical feelings is deft and wonderfully written and acted, it was my favorite scene. The action goes from entertaining to more entertaining. Clint is simply wonderful, this was one of his best movies I thought. The chemistry between them is great. I like how the romance develops replete with some twists that you may or may not see coming. Don Siegel is such a talented director, he always seems to make movies that not only movie right along but manages to get good performances from everyone involved. We need more directors like Siegel in this day and age. The music was trademark Ennio Morricone cowboy music, he is always spot on. This is the kind of movie that they just don't make anymore, perfect entertainment for a weekend on the couch. Catch it if you can.
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8/10
Shirley MacLaine and Clint Eastwood make good Love-Hate relationship
SnoopyStyle7 September 2013
Hogan (Clint Eastwood) is helping the Mexican Revolutionaries in their fight against the French forces in Mexico. On the way, he rescues a nun named Sara (Shirley MacLaine) from three bandits. Or is she?

They form a great love-hate relationship in a good buddy picture. They bicker, they make eyes for each other, they blow up a train, and they take over a French fort. This movie starts with a great music hook, and the story only gets better. The music cue is instantly recognizable by anybody who's ever seen this movie. Sexy Shirley MacLaine have some great chemistry with the grumpy Clint Eastwood. They complement each other perfectly. It is the perfect rom-com western combo.
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8/10
Has Many Virtues
gottogorunning13 August 2005
Two Mules has many virtues: good actors, interesting plot, rich music, and excellent cinematography. In my humble opinion it beats all the other Eastwood/Siegel projects -- and that is meant as a high complement, given the strengths of films like Dirty Harry, Beguiled, and Escape from Alcatraz. Budd Boetticher, the great American B-western director, wrote the script -- although, reputedly, he hated the finished product. Nonetheless, his taste for brawniness and soiled heroes persists, in large part because the film (unlike Hang 'em High) resists the Hollywood urge to clutter the story with moral redemption. In fact, it is the one post-Leone Eastwood cowboy movie that most resembles a Spaghetti western: comic, bloody, improbable, anti-philosophical. Candy, that's what it is. Premium fruit-flavored candy.
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