Two Mules for Sister Sara


Two Mules for Sister Sara

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Clint Eastwood is a hard-hitting high plains drifter who rides into town and single-handedly rescues a local nun (Shirley MacLaine) from a gang of attackers. After meeting a band of Mexican revolutionaries bent on resisting the French occupation of Mexico, the cowboy and Sister Sara decide to join forces with the freedom fighters and set off on a deadly mission to capture the enemy's garrison. But along the way, a steamy romance develops between them when the soft-spoken hero discovers the nun is not what she seems. Ending with a violent climax at the well-protected fort, this action-packed western classic cemented Eastwood's status as a true cinematic superstar!

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  • Feb 02, 2013
    often good to see something with shirley maclaine acting in it but as usual a film only with clint as an actor and minus his directing prowess always seems a tad lacklustre. however it is credibly entertaining, the shooting locations memorable & the score instantly amusing
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2013
    A solid Clint Eastwood western. If you like any of his other westerns, most likely you'll enjoy this one.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2012
    Eastwood is an American mercenary on his way to meet with Mexican rebels when he stumbles across Maclaine, a nun, being attacked by three bandits. Upon rescuing her he discovers she has valuable information about the French garrison he is due to attack and so reluctantly lets her tag along. This is probably the most European western not made by or starring any Europeans. It's Mexican locations and supporting cast lend it a sweaty Spaghetti vibe, as does Ennio Morricone's wonderful score and the casting of Eastwood. He plays another variation on "The Man With No Name" except here we do learn his name, Hogan. The Euro westerns often dabbled in left-wing politics, something their American counterparts rarely did, certainly not at surface level. Here the cause is the Mexican Juarista's struggle against the would-be colonising French. Eastwood's anti-hero is only interested in one cause, "the Hogan cause", so with a capitalist mercenary aiding the Juaristas, audiences of either political persuasion can get on board. Eastwood has often acknowledged Siegel's influence on his own directing career and there aren't many better tutors. He's one of those directors who doesn't get enough credit, probably because his career evolved at the wrong time, too late to be considered a "classic" film-maker like Hawks or Ford, too early to be placed alongside "mavericks" like Peckinpah and Hellman. But for me he's a perfect combination of both schools. He has that Old Hollywood knack of being able to produce incredibly subtle camera moves that draw attention to the story, not the camera. One such brilliant example is when Eastwood and Maclaine arrive at a small village, the camera sweeping under a bridge to gradually reveal a busy market, it's paper-mache colors a stunning contrast to the rugged land we've travelled thus far. At the same time he can portray grit and realism as well as any young seventies rebel, "Dirty Harry" a prime example of this. His movies also span a range of genres as varied as Billy Wilder. It's hard to believe this movie is from the man who gave us the original "Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers". Liz Taylor was originally due to play Maclaine's role which would have made it a very different and much less involving movie. MacLaine is excellent here and her casting creates a steamy sexual tension which wouldn't have been convincing between Eastwood and Taylor. Somewhat lost in the transition between Old Hollywood and New, "Two Mules" is a movie well worth rediscovering.
    The Movie W Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2011
    An awesome western comedy from Clint Eastwood. For most of the time he is his usual self with his laconic dialogues and his signature snarl. But this time there is a more comic appeal to it, one of the most hilarious scene would be when he keeeps missing his target, looking somewhat stupid and confused, then turns around and asks Sister Sara, "Errr...Can you shoot?"
    Sajin P Super Reviewer

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