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 know we have to find it.

(drum roll followed by thud)

(drum roll followed by thud)

(drum roll followed by thud)

We ought to be able to build and assemble

this raft in about three days.

There'll be 100 logs underneath.

We'll lash the cannon to this platform.

- I think we can get it across the river.

- I think it will sink.

It won't. But in any event it's the only way.

Unless you expect the river to dry up.

I expect to get this cannon to vila.

This way, we might lose it.

Not if I get cooperation.

I repeat, we'll need 100 logs.

All right. You get the men,

start cutting the trees.

You got your way, Captain.

But if this cannon sinks...

- It won't. And I'm sick of your threats.

- I do not like this.

- You don't have to. It will succeed.

- All I have is your word. It is not enough.

- Then don't do it! Recall the men!

- All right!

Wait. I know... and both of you know

the reason for this stupid argument.

If you are going to cross the river,

we are wasting time.

(slow rhythmic hammering)

Let it out easily!

Pull, pull! Keep pulling!

Get to the other rope!

Look at it. Mud up to its barrel.

I wish I'd never seen the thing.

- Can we pull it out?

- How? With what?

- We have the men and the mules.

- They won't budge it an inch.

- How many people would it take?

- 1,000. 2,000.

There are more than that

in Algado, Miguel.

(whistling and rhythmic clapping)

Citizens of Algado...

I spit in your faces.

I am Miguel of the gun, and of vila.

In vila, we do not sit in the bullring

with the French.

And we do not fly the flag of Spain

beside the flag of the enemy.

(man shouts)

Arrtez! Arrtez!

What kind of people are you,

sitting here enjoying your life?

the enemy amuses himself,

holding Spanish babies on bayonets.

Do you feel nothing in your hearts?

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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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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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