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Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

Nun Sara (Shirley MacLaine) is on the run in Mexico and is saved from cowboys by Hogan (Clint Eastwood), who is preparing for a future mission to capture a French fort. The pair become good friends, but Sara never does tell him the true reason behind her being outlawed.

Director:

Don Siegel

Writers:

Budd Boetticher (story), Albert Maltz (screenplay)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Sara
Clint Eastwood ... Hogan
Manolo Fábregas ... Colonel Beltran (as Manolo Fabregas)
Alberto Morin ... General LeClaire
Armando Silvestre ... 1st American
John Kelly John Kelly ... 2nd American
David Povall ... Juan (as David Estuardo)
Ada Carrasco ... Juan's Mother
Pancho Córdova ... Juan's Father (as Poncho Cordoba)
José Chávez José Chávez ... Horacio (as Jose Chavez)
Pedro Galván Pedro Galván ... (as Pedro Galvan)
José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' ... (as Jose Angel Espinosa)
Enrique Lucero ... 3rd American
Aurora Muñoz Aurora Muñoz ... Sara's Friend
Xavier Marc ... Yaqui Chief
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Storyline

Set in Mexico, nun Sister Sara (Shirley MacLaine) is rescued from three cowboys by Hogan (Clint Eastwood), 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 defenses. Inevitably, the two become good friends, but Sara has a secret. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

CLINT EASTWOOD...the deadliest man alive...takes on a whole army with two guns and a fistful of dynamite!


Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French | Latin

Release Date:

16 June 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Mules for Sister Sara See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,050,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,050,000
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Shirley MacLaine gets top billing in this movie's credits (opening and closing). This was the last time Clint Eastwood received second billing (or anything less than first) until A Perfect World (1993), and the only time his leading lady was played by an A-list star until The Bridges of Madison County (1995). See more »

Goofs

After Hogan's first shot at the dynamite under the trestle, the camera angle reverses to Sara, who takes the rifle, cocks it, hands it back to Hogan, and then re-sets it on her shoulder. When the camera returns to the trestle, the train hasn't moved. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
One of Sara's molesters: Look at that! Look at it!
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Alternate Versions

To receive an 'A' (PG) certificate the UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove shots of burning men and a soldier's face being slashed during the climax. The 1987 CIC video was 15-rated but featured a shorter print which missed around 8 minutes of footage. The 1993 widescreen video and all later DVD releases include the full uncut version. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Good Eats: Three Chips for Sister Marsha (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Sam Hall
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by Clint Eastwood
Sung by Hogan when the arrow is removed
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User Reviews

 
" I figured there was only going to be one funeral, Catholic! "
10 October 2007 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

When the French army took control of the country we call Mexico, they counted on one factor to help them subdue the population, . . . fear! The use of Fear, through, intimation, torture, and outright execution worked, but not in the way they thought it would. The French brutality had an effect alright, it had the disastrous consequence of cementing the people, their friends and hundreds of mercenaries into an avenging force. Although there are many stories of the revolution, several stand out as movie classics. The Professionals, is one favorite, another is, "Two Mules for Sister Sara." In this story we have an American mercenary (Clint Eastwood) named Hogan who has bitter memories of the Civil War and decides to try for a quick Gold fortune in Mexico. He agrees to help Mexican Col. Beltran (Manuel Fabregas) take the French Garrison in exchange for half the treasury. Along the way, Hogan is joined by a traveling Catholic Nun, named Sister Sara (Shirley MacLaine) who has more secrets than just fear of being captured by the French. Innicially captured by three whiskey drinking rouges who strip, humiliate and threaten the beautiful Nun, she becomes a surprising and necessary ally. In their wondering, they save each other's life until the end, when Hogan is completely shocked with Sister Sara as she reveals her most guarded secret. I loved the movie, especially it's memorable and haunting theme at the beginning of the film. Superb! ****


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