Blood and Sand (1941)

Blood and Sand


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Based on the novel by Vincente Blasco Ibanez, Blood and Sand is the beautifully rendered story of the rise and fall of a young, cocksure Spanish bullfighter, played by Tyrone Power. Working his way slowly up the ladder to success, Power achieves fame when he is praised to skies by fatuous, fickle critic Laird Cregar. A country boy at heart, Power finds himself way over his head with sophisticates, and is soon torn between his pious and faithful wife Linda Darnell and sexy, mercenary Rita … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Jo Swerling, Vicente Blasco Ibanez
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 1, 2007
20th Century Fox



as Carmen Espinosa

as Dona Sol

as Manolo de Palma

as Senora Augustias

as Garabato

as Nacional

as Natalio Curro

as Encarnacion

as Capt. Pierre Lauren

as Don Jose Alvarez

as Pedro Espinosa

as Priest

as La Pulga

as Pabelo Gomez

as Carmen As A Child

as Carmen as a Child

as Juan As A Child

as Encarnacion As A Chi...

as Marquis

as El Milquetoast

as Francisco

as Manolo As A Child

as Nacional As A Child

as Antonio Lopez

as Conductor

as Engineer

as Woman

as Attendant

as Ortega

as Specialty Dancer

as El Matador

as Street Gachi

as Street Gachi
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Critic Reviews for Blood and Sand

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | May 6, 2008
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This handsomely mounted remake, which deservedly won the Color Cinematography Oscar, boasts production values that overwhelm the story and its characters.

Full Review… | April 9, 2012

Mamoulian's excellent execution of the mise en scène gives the film an unexpected vigor.

Full Review… | July 2, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Blood and Sand

Realism takes a backseat to romance in this 1941 Technicolor extravaganza.

A young Spanish boy rises from the depths of poverty to become "The World's Greatest Bullfighter". Tyrone Power is Juan Gallardo, the matador who discovers that fame is fleeting and not necessarily all that it is cracked up to be. His marriage to the young, virtuous Carmen (Linda Darnell) is threatened when his notoriety attracts the attention of the beautiful but unscrupulous Dona Sol (Rita Hayworth). This classic teaming of Hollywood heavyweights also features an up-and-coming young Anthony Quinn in a memorable supporting role.

Every effort was made to try and make the violent sport of bullfighting more palatable for American audiences. Scenes of slaughter and blood are shot from a distance or, more often than not, not at all - opting instead for reaction shots of the crowd to convey the shock and brutality of the circumstance. Blood and Sand may not be an honest rendering of Spanish toreadors but it is enormously entertaining.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Sad. Actor Tyrone Power is much more enjoyable then Errol Flynn. I think it really was sad when he ignored his wife and talked and flirted with the other woman. But in the end of course he totally ignored the other woman who was NOT his wife. I kind of feel sorry for his wife, and Juan, since he died. This is a breathtaking and heartbreaking story, but I do like it.

Catherine ..........

Tyrone Power stars as the main character, Juan Gallardo, with Rita Hayworth as Dona Sol, the woman who ultimately brings Juan to ruin and Linda Darnell as Juan's faithful wife, Carmen. The film is beautifully shot in Technicolor and shows Rita Hayworth's early talent. She is stunning as the amoral Dona Sol and her Pasadoble dance with Anthony Quinn is as unforgettable as it is sensual. Tyrone Power looks handsome as always but gives the impression that he does not fit the role he is playing. Indeed, he is barely believable as Spain's greatest matador as he does not look the part. An overall enjoyable movie with some flaws.

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