The Pride and the Passion

The Pride and the Passion

Stanley Kramer (1957)

129min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Much abused in its day, this is the kind of expensive, audience-stirring epic that cynical reviewers like to knock. It's a splendidly calculated spectacle - United Artists' only movie in the magnificently sharp VistaVision process - with a priceless, eye-catching cast, though criticism at the time centred on Frank Sinatra's Spanish accent (excellent) and Cary Grant's British prissiness (unavoidable). Flamenco queen Sophia Loren provides the glamour and the Franz Planer photography is remarkable. No expense was spared by producer/director Stanley Kramer to tell the tale, based on CS Forester's novel The Gun, about a guerrilla band dragging a massive cannon across the Iberian Peninsula in 1810 to blow up a French stronghold. Today he surely deserves some respect for his achievement: they don't make starry epics like this any more - it's sincere, brutal and, above all else, satisfying.

Summary

A British officer helps a Spanish rebel and his band of guerrillas repair a cannon to use against Napoleon's forces. Historical drama, starring Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, Theodore Bikel, John Wengraf and Jay Novello.

Cast & Crew

Capt Anthony Trumbull Cary Grant
Miguel Frank Sinatra
Juana Sophia Loren
General Jouvet Theodore Bikel
Sermaine John Wengraf
Ballinger Jay Novello
Carlos José Nieto
Jose Carlos Larranga
Director Stanley Kramer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama