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The Wrath of God (1972)

Set in the 1920s, several foreigners held by a South American military group are offered possible freedom if they accept to topple a local crazed military leader.

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Ralph Nelson

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Jack Higgins (as James Graham), Jack Higgins (novel) (as James Graham) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Father Oliver Van Horne
Frank Langella ... Thomas De La Plata
Rita Hayworth ... Señora De La Plata
John Colicos ... Colonel Santilla
Victor Buono ... Jennings
Ken Hutchison ... Emmet Keogh
Paula Pritchett Paula Pritchett ... Chela
Gregory Sierra ... Jurado
Frank Ramírez ... Carlos Moreno
Enrique Lucero ... Nacho
Jorge Russek ... Cordona
Chano Urueta Chano Urueta ... Antonio
José Luis Parades José Luis Parades ... Pablito
Aurora Clavel ... Señora Moreno
Victor Eberg Victor Eberg ... Delgado
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Irish adventurer Emmett Keogh finds himself partnered with a hard-drinking priest named Van Horne in revolutionary Central America. Tricked into delivering guns by smuggler/con man Jennings, the three end up joining forces against despot Tomas de la Plata, who treats his subjects ruthlessly and who has a special hatred for priests. Van Horne, who seems to be a priest in costume only, decides to stand up to de la Plata and lead a revolt against him. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Introducing "FATHER" VAN HORNE. He's not exactly what the Lord had in mind. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Zum Teufel mit Hosianna See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Production on the movie stopped Dec. 23, 1971, after Ken Hutchinson had an accident in his hotel room with his hand through a pane of glass. After debate whether to replace him and re-shoot, he recovered sufficiently by mid-January to continue. See more »

Goofs

When Keogh is knocked backwards on a balcony, the stuntman intends to fall back out of sight before a second double for Keogh comes into sight and rolls down the adjacent stairs. But for a moment, both "Keoghs" are visible at the same time. See more »

Quotes

De La Plata: You were going to have a very lonely walk, priest.
Father Oliver Van Horne: You're here. That's most important of all.
De La Plata: I had thought suicide was a mortal sin, priest.
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Featured in Robert Mitchum, le mauvais garçon d'Hollywood (2018) See more »

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Molly Malone
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Sung by Ken Hutchison
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good violent western
26 October 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's a revolutionary central American country in 1920s. Oliver Van Horne (Robert Mitchum) is dressed as a priest. Irishman Emmet Keogh (Ken Hutchison) buys a ticket to anywhere to escape the growing unrest but it gets stolen. He encounters men loyal to revolutionary leader Colonel Santilla (John Colicos). He tries to rescue mute native girl Chela from them only to get strung up and then they're both rescued by Van Horne. They are captured by Santilla. The two imprisoned men and immoral gunrunner Jennings are recruited to assassinate his opponent Thomas De La Plata (Frank Langella) who is using a mine for his war chest. Rita Hayworth plays De La Plata's mother.

This has the Peckinpahesque violence like shooting a kid in the back. It's like a spaghetti western. The motivations are a little clunky. There are some compelling characters although Hutchison may not be leading man material. His looks is more towards villainous henchman. It's also notable for being Hayworth's last film. Her role is very much supporting and most compelling for the name. The Mexican location is great and the local colors are enticing. This is a fine B-movie.


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