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

- Well?

- It's the big cannon again, sir.

- Get rid of it.

- Leave it for the French?

- Get rid of it!

- Yes, sir.

Yes, sir?

Ah, Major, you have accomplished

the impossible.

How can a seven-ton 42ft cannon slip

through your fingers and leave no rust?

They must have destroyed it, sir.

It was too large, in my opinion...

In my opinion,

you don't know peas from powder.

General Jouvet wants that cannon.

Your orders are recover it, not evaluate it.

- Yes, sir.

- And Vidal?

The English want that cannon too. Enough

to send an agent to Spain to get it.

Do not fail.

The general is the kind of man who will

find work for both of us in the stables.

Yes, sir.


- English?

- English.

Take me to army headquarters.


I'm looking for General Larena's staff.

- They've moved?

- Retreated.


- Who are you?

- We are the Spanish who do not retreat.


If your business has to do with

this province, you talk with me.

My orders are for General Larena.



Read these orders.

He is called Anthony Trumbell,

a naval captain.

General Larena is to turn over to him

a huge cannon

and the men to haul it to Santander.

What for?

To keep it out of Napoleon's hands.

- The English are fighting him too.

- Why did they send a sailor?

Because I speak Spanish

and have studied ordnance.


You would like to see this gun?

I would like to see it, yes.

Thank you.

- Do the English have such a cannon?

- No one in the world has such a cannon.

- Is it bad?

- It can be repaired.

- Can you do it?

- If I had the men.

I have the men.

Blacksmiths? Carpenters?

Guillermo! Francisco! Pepe!

Listen to the captain.

I'll need six heavy wooden beams.

And take the gears from the guns they left.

Carlos! Get them.

And get everybody up on the road.

Oh, and rope.

I'll need all the rope you can get.

- Anything else?

- That's all for now.

Yes, Captain.

Get those mules moving!

Let it swing clear!

No, no. More to the left.

Miguel! Miguel!

- French cavalry!

- How far?

- Across the valley.

- They will be here in an hour.

Leave the gun where it is.

It's easier to hide all this up here.

Get Jos off the gun. Quickly!

Ramn! Take some men from the ropes

and cut the trees. Help them. Help them.

Carlos! Bring up the men.

Secure the ropes.

Hook up those mules.

Tie those tightly. We are moving.

I think this is the best route to Santander.

Yes, Captain.

But this gun is going to vila.

- I beg your pardon?

- vila.

- But you said...

- I said nothing.

You know my orders.

General Larena agreed to give us the gun.

But General Larena is not here.

You can't fight your way

across half of Spain with 200 men.

- With this gun, I will get the men I need.

- You have no powder.

- I will get it.

- The whole world is fighting Napoleon.

Compared to that, vila's a flyspeck.

I do not know about the rest of the world.

vila is French headquarters in Spain.

But it's 1,000km from here.

The country is swarming with French.

- You'll never get there.

- We will get there.

vila has a wall, Captain,

and this gun was made to fight walls.

We will get there no matter what it costs.

If it costs the lives of every one of us,

we are going to take vila.

And the French will then know

that their day in Spain is over.

You must be mad. All of you.

Captain, you want the gun in Santander,

and I want it in vila.

Go with us.

Show us how to use it, how to move it.

And afterwards we will help you

get the gun to Santander.

How do I know you'll keep your promise?

You do not.

- Get the captain's horse!

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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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