The Pride and the Passion

Synopsis: The story in this movie deals with the perseverance of Spaniards to take back their country from the French who have conquered Spain under Napoleon as he marched over Europe. A huge cannon, perhaps the largest in the world at that time, is discarded by the army as they retreat from the French invaders. A "ragtag" group of Spanish loyalists find "The Gun" and begin to restore it so they may tow it across Spain to the French stronghold in Avila and use it to open the giant walls for an invasion. Luckily Britain has sent someone to retrieve the cannon for England so they can have it to fight the French also AND to make sure that the French don't get the gun! A shoemaker and his voluptuous girl friend are the leaders of the peasants trying to get the gun to Avila. The Brit can't get help to get the giant gun back to his ship without the peasants and the shoemaker won't help him unless they all go blast Avila open first. The Brit has the knowledge needed to fire the weapon and the shoemaker
Director(s): Stanley Kramer
Production: United Artists
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
132 min

- I prefer to walk with the gun.

You might get tired, Captain.

Bring the horse!

(mule brays)

Captain, your face is dirty.


Ah, Juanita! Ol!

(crowd) Ol!


Juanita! Juanita!

Ol! Ol!

It is late.

What are you doing?

Taking the Englishman some food.

He did not eat with the others.

Then he does not eat. I ate. You ate.

He is no different than we are.

- But he is different.

- Mm. How?

He knows about guns.

You need him. You said so yourself.

I said nothing. I do not like him.

Miguel, you're jealous.

- Not of him.

- Anybody who looks at me.

And this one more, because

he can fire the cannon and you can't.

- How do you know? Maybe I can.

- You know you can't.

You say things you don't mean and then

you are sorry. We need him. Admit it.

I do not like the way he looks at you.


And I do not like the way you look at him.

That is still my privilege.

You know this Miguel

and you know him well.

You know he has the gun and where it is.

I am waiting for you to tell me.

Make no mistake, I speak to you as your

enemy, and I shall be your executioner.

Very well. An example must be set.

I shall begin by hanging all ten of you.

For every day after,

I shall hang ten more. And ten more.

If necessary,

every woman and child in vila,

until we loose some tongues

and I am told where this cannon is.

Take them out.


Carry out the order.

I'm doubtful, sir.

I'm doubtful that these hangings...

I know, I know.

You wouldn't think it was worth it to them.

How big can a cannon be?

At half the size

it would excite their imagination.

The people of an occupied country

begin as martyrs.

Give them something to rally around and

die for, and they explode into a new army.

That is the real danger

of this cannon, General.

I am not stupid, Sermaine.

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Edna Anhalt

Together with then husband Edward Anhalt, screenwriter Edna Anhalt (April 10, 1914 – 1987) enjoyed some considerable success in a ten-year stretch from 1947 to her retirement in 1957. This stretch was capped with an Oscar win for Elia Kazan's 1950 film Panic in the Streets, and another nomination two years later for The Sniper. She also wrote the screenplays to The Member of the Wedding (1952), Not as a Stranger (1955) and The Pride and the Passion (1957), before hanging up her pen after her divorce. more…

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