Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

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    • Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)



      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Set in Mexico, a nun called Sara is rescued from three cowboys by Hogan,
      who is on his way to do some reconnaissance, for a future mission
      to capture a French fort.
      The French are chasing Sara, but not for the reasons she tells Hogan,
      so he decides to help her in return for information about the fort defences.
      Inevitably the two become good friends but Sara has a secret
      Written by Rob Hartill

      Full Cast
      Shirley MacLaine ... Sara
      Clint Eastwood ... Hogan
      Manuel Fábregas ... Colonel Beltran (as Manolo Fabregas)
      Alberto Morin ... General LeClaire
      Armando Silvestre ... 1st American
      John Kelly ... 2nd American
      Enrique Lucero ... 3rd American
      David Estuardo ... Juan
      Ada Carrasco ... Juan's Mother
      Pancho Córdova ... Juan's Father (as Poncho Cordoba)
      José Chávez ... Horatio (as Jose Chavez)
      Pedro Galván (as Pedro Galvan)
      José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' (as Jose Angel Espinosa)
      Aurora Muñoz
      Xavier Marc
      Hortensia Santoveña (as Hortensia Santovena)
      Rosa Furman
      José Torvay (as Jose Torvay)
      Margarito Luna
      Javier Masse

      Writing Credits
      Budd Boetticher (story)
      Albert Maltz (screenplay)

      Original Music
      Ennio Morricone

      Gabriel Figueroa
      Robert Surtees

      The Finnish title of the film is "Kourallinen dynamiittia",
      which translates into English as "Fistful of Dynamite".
      This is actually the alternative English title of dollar-trilogy
      director Sergio Leone's film Duck, You Sucker.

      While in Austria filming Where Eagles Dare, Clint Eastwood was approached
      with the script by Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton's wife at the time,
      with the notion of starring together in the film.
      However, Universal Pictures was unwilling to pay Taylor's high salary.

      Shirley MacLaine did not get along during the shoot either with Clint
      Eastwood or with director Don Siegel, with whom she openly fought.

      The name of the saloon translates to "The Black Cat".

      Sister Sara's second mule was actually a burro.

      Shirley MacLaine wrote that since this was filmed in Mexico, it took
      substantial time to send the film to California for processing
      and return it for dailies.
      When MacLaine finally saw the dailies, she was appalled
      at how overstated her false eyelashes looked,
      as she was playing a hooker posing as a nun.
      She regretted that she could not remove them for the rest of the filming
      because the footage would not match.

      The story takes place during the European intervention in Mexico which
      lasted from 1861 to 1867. Hogan is using a Colt Peacemaker pistol,
      which did not come into use until 1873.

      The film takes place before 1867. However Dynamite was not easily available in the US
      until at least 1868, being invented in 1867 by Nobel.
      A common error in cowboy/frontier films.

      "Sister" Sara clearly has used modern mascara, and eye liner.

      Not only the Colt 1873, but also rest of the small firearms in the movie -
      rifles as Bertie 1907, Winchester 1873 and Gras 1974 and a revolver
      Colt New Service - are anachronistic to the story plot, taking place in the 1860s
      (the French intervention in Mexico).

      Sara says how the French soldiers will celebrate singing "The Marseillaise".
      That song became the French national anthem about 20 years later, when
      the republican regime searched for revolutionary symbols of state and
      dissociation from country's monarchical past.

      In the tunnel scenes, Hogan and friends are using hand-held carbide lamps.
      Carbide was not produced in any quantity until 1892, and carbide lamps were
      not invented until several years later.

      Character error
      When the first French column is tracking Sara & Hogan in the stream, several
      French soldiers can be seen staring intently into the stream bed as if looking
      for signs of the horses they're following. But these men are FAR back in the
      column, so the bed is already muddy & churned from the preceding soldiers,
      making it impossible for them to see anything useful.

      Hogan becomes very agitated when he sees Sara wasting water, as if he
      thinks it's scarce. But minutes later, they travel down a flowing stream.
      So even if a frontiersman/soldier/mercenary like Hogan couldn't detect that
      much water so close by, his horses certainly could, and he'd notice their
      behavior. So he had to know there was plenty of water nearby.

      When Sara and Hogan are hiding from the French soldiers in the abandoned
      building, Hogan's cheroot changes length inconsistently between shots.

      When "Sister" Sara is climbing the train trestle there is a closeup of her boots
      slipping on the on the bracing. The next shot shows a view upward from
      underneath her and her boots are now black sneaker type shoes.

      Factual errors
      The train trestle that is "blown up" is an open deck trestle that would be fully
      supported by the stone towers or "bents". The wooden bracing that Sara
      climbs would not be needed or serve any purpose other than to give her a
      way to climb.

      Revealing mistakes
      While Hogan and Sara are supposed to make love in the tub, the camera
      shows Hogan's hat. We can clearly see on the hat the shadows of the
      actor's hands who are spilling water out of the tub to make it appear as if
      they were making love.

      Early in the picture, near the end of the lady in distress scene, "Sister" Sara
      motions with her arm while explaining the things the dead men did to her,
      and we can see that her underarms are recently shaven; this couldn't have
      happened to a woman "in the middle of nowhere" who hasn't been in an area
      where she could have shaved for a long time.

      In the train trestle scene, in the moments prior to the dynamite explosion
      and resulting crash of the train, there are no wires/cables visible above the
      trestle. But when the train is seen approaching, wires or cables are clearly
      visible overhead. When the train crashes off the trestle, you can see some
      of these cables being used as "pulls" to help tumble the train off the bridge.

      The tarantula at the end of the opening credits is obviously nailed to the

      At about minute 14-15, Hogan returns from lookout, and scrambles down a
      hill toward a small stream. Visible through the trees at the top of the screen
      is a modern highway

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Cuaútla, Morelos, Mexico
      Jantetelco, Morelos, Mexico
      Six Points Texas, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA
      Tlayacapan, Morelos, Mexico

      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Profile) Classic Movie Westens- Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

      Two Mules for Sister Sara is an American-Mexican western film
      starring Shirley MacLaine (billed above Clint Eastwood in the film's credits, but not on the poster)
      set during the French intervention in Mexico.
      The film was released in 1970 and directed by Don Siegel.

      It was to have been the first in a five-year exclusive association between
      Universal Pictures and Sanen Productions of Mexico.
      The film marked the second of five collaborations between Siegel and Eastwood,
      following Coogan's Bluff (1968).
      The collaboration continued with The Beguiled and Dirty Harry
      (both 1971) and finally Escape From Alcatraz (1979).

      The plot follows an American mercenary who gets mixed up with a nun and aids a group of Juarista rebels
      during the puppet reign of Emperor Maximilian in Mexico.
      The film featured both American and Mexican actors
      and actresses, including being filmed in the picturesque countryside near Tlayacapan, Morelos.

      I personally thought this film was fun and I agree with the User Review,
      it shouldn't be missed

      User Review
      Clint at his best
      29 April 2005 | by C.K. Dexter Haven (BC)

      Sure, he's in the shadow here of his more famous Leone westerns, but this vehicle, amiably directed by Don Siegel and aided by a quirky Ennio Morricone score, is an entertaining little spaghetti western knockoff shot on location in Mexico. Story-wise, it's an old west Heaven Knows Mr. Allison with a comic twist, and with an offbeat nemesis in the French Army. The humorous chemistry between Eastwood's Hogan and MacLaine's Sara at times clicks so well it's hard to believe they reportedly didn't get along very well during production. Though when it comes to Shirley MacLaine nothing really surprises me.

      As far as Eastwood's post Spaghetti movies, he's rarely been in better form than this. Essentially continuing his man with no name persona, he gets far more dialogue this time around which fleshes out his character and makes him a little more three dimensional. It's a nice change of pace from the Leone westerns to hear Clint spout a few humorous lines and have the odd hilarious facial expression in between his trademark squinting and snarling and cigar chomping.

      Disciples of Leone's trilogy may never warm up to an admittedly hammier Clint in this, but as Clint's Hollywood westerns go, this is a fun and well made duster. Shouldn't be missed.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Profile) Classic Movie Westens- Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

      I have always loved this film and always loved Shirley MacLaine, One of my left of field movie crushes.
      Clint pretty much spoofs his man with no name role and the whole thing could have been a cheesy mess had it not been for the two leads and the expert direction of Don Siegel.
      Clint Eastwood has always cited as Don Siegel as his greatest mentor.
      Another interesting nugget of Western film info is that the story was written by no other than Budd Boetticher, the director of the fantastic later Randolph Scott Westerns.
      "Pour yourself some backbone and shut up!"

      The post was edited 1 time, last by Dooley ().

    • Re: (New Profile) Classic Movie Westens- Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

      Here's a Trailer for the Movie,

      Chester :newyear:

      The post was edited 1 time, last by chester7777 ().