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January 10, 2016
Ambitious project and unique for the time. The writing was alright, but it struggled at times. Too bad pressburger couldn't have produced it. Despite it dragging from time to time and the music not matching well, I enjoyed it and would watch it again.
½ January 2, 2016
good historical drama
½ April 13, 2012
This is one of the lesser known popularized films on the Spanish Civil War. Released in 1964, its strong anti-clerical politics, subtle anarchist militancy, and republican sympathies made it less than desirable for established cinema of the time. The main characters, Gregory Peck, who plays an exiled anarchist militant in France, (loosely based on the life of Francisco Sabate Llopart,aka El Quico) and Omar Sharif, a Spanish priest, deliver excellent performances; although the viewer may be disappointed that all Spanish and Francophone dialects are spoken in English with only Spanish and French accents on the English dialogue (Peck's character doesn't even have an accent on his English). The cinematography is shot in a beautiful black and white reminding one of the Spanish Civil War photography of Robert Capa. Memorable quotes come from the mother of Pecks character who, being blessed by a priest on her death bed, interrupts saying "??God bless the rifles of the firing squad."?? This clearly disturbs the priest! There is also nice character development which unfolds in dialogue between Sharif'??s priest and Pecks Anarchist. This film is not to be factual or documentary based in its content, but rather is a one more in the very few dramatized films on the civil war, and it'??s date, actors, and quality make it a must see classic.
½ April 13, 2012
I saw it many days ago, as I remmembered. It's really nice film on the post civil war situation of Spain. Please, see it if possible, though it is a black-white film. Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif all are unique in this film.
April 13, 2012
kool as man dis movie rulzzz
Super Reviewer
½ September 18, 2010
good actors, good acting but pretty routine stuff as a quality build up climaxes into a 10 second ending....................
May 28, 2010
despite having gregory peck and anthony quinn... totally predictable, cliche and unworthy of the two hours. i was hoping it would get better the entire time. it didn't.
½ May 25, 2009
The plot is essentially a classic western narrative, but it is given a great new and interesting twist set after the Spanish Civil War which has long since ended. There's controlled performances all around, and all the characters have great depth which the audience must engage with and search out themselves. It's just a shame the two leads never get a great scene of dialogue together, while the ending feels like there is something missing.
May 24, 2009
wow umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch...its got a great cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie...i think that anthony quinn, christian marquand, daniela rocca, gregory peck, marietto, mildred dunnock, omar shariff, paolo stoppa, perrette pradier play good roles/parts throughout this movie...i think that the director of this drama/action/adventure/war movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect thorughout this movie...i think that this is a good 1960's movie 2 watch n its a great movie 2 watch
½ February 24, 2009
All fine actors, all excellent performences. a story that endures and digs at the heart. A rebel with a grand cause. This is a really good movie to see esp. because the balck & white give so much of the dicotomy of good vs bad: law supported vs rebel. Which is really right? The role of the priest [Sharif} assists in undertanding that quandry. What is his choice? moving movie...A+
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