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1970s, WESTERN

Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) A
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script Albert Maltz
Additional Info The story by Budd Boetticher – the action taking place during the French invasion of Mexico between 1862 and 1866.
Director Don Siegel
Starring Shirley MacLaine, Clint Eastwood – and a lot of Mexicans because they were cheap.
Elevator Pitch A mercenary in the pay of Mexican guerillas rescues a young woman who is about to be raped by three vagrants in the desert, but when she gets dressed she turns out to be a nun (maybe). The two team up and after a number of adventures come to the point of their quest, the fort manned by the French invaders.
Content Terrific atmosphere as the mercenary and then he and the nun ride across the desert. Some shooting, some scenes in ruined buildings and adobe villages, and a few explosions. No nudity, no sex but quite a bit of drinking.
A View This is an entertaining use of CEs new fame as the man with no name and it is good fun and really well filmed. At the beginning we see a fish swimming across a river and as the camera follows it we see the man riding along the opposite river bank – inspired. If you are a fan of either of the stars or enjoy a bit of a period piece it is worth your time.

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