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The Wrath of God (1972)

Set in the 1920s, several foreigners held by a South American military group are offered possible freedom if they accept to topple a local crazed military leader.

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Ralph Nelson

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Jack Higgins (as James Graham), Jack Higgins (novel) (as James Graham) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Father Oliver Van Horne
Frank Langella ... Thomas De La Plata
Rita Hayworth ... Señora De La Plata
John Colicos ... Colonel Santilla
Victor Buono ... Jennings
Ken Hutchison ... Emmet Keogh
Paula Pritchett Paula Pritchett ... Chela
Gregory Sierra ... Jurado
Frank Ramírez ... Carlos Moreno
Enrique Lucero ... Nacho
Jorge Russek ... Cordona
Chano Urueta Chano Urueta ... Antonio
José Luis Parades José Luis Parades ... Pablito
Aurora Clavel ... Señora Moreno
Victor Eberg Victor Eberg ... Delgado
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Storyline

Irish adventurer Emmett Keogh finds himself partnered with a hard-drinking priest named Van Horne in revolutionary Central America. Tricked into delivering guns by smuggler/con man Jennings, the three end up joining forces against despot Tomas de la Plata, who treats his subjects ruthlessly and who has a special hatred for priests. Van Horne, who seems to be a priest in costume only, decides to stand up to de la Plata and lead a revolt against him. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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They offered them a choice - THE FIRING SQUAD . . . or The Wrath of God See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Zum Teufel mit Hosianna See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One night during production when the film company was based in Mexico City, publicist Tom Miller dined out with Rita Hayworth. When they got back to her hotel, there was much excitement. The Mexican equivalent of the Academy Awards were being presented in the large convention hall in the hotel. Rita was tuned on. "Let's go!" Rita said. Miller replied, "But Rita, we don't have an invitation!" She looked back at him and said, "But I am Rita Hayworth!" And Miller said, "So you are." He spoke to someone at the door, who excitedly ran up to the front of the room and whispered to the MC, who announced to the crowd the presence of a surprise guest. And she went up on the stage to a standing ovation. See more »

Goofs

When Keogh is knocked backwards on a balcony, the stuntman intends to fall back out of sight before a second double for Keogh comes into sight and rolls down the adjacent stairs. But for a moment, both "Keoghs" are visible at the same time. See more »

Quotes

Father Oliver Van Horne: Desolate place, isn't it?
Emmet: If God had wanted to give the world an enema, he'd have stuck the nozzle in here.
Father Oliver Van Horne: What's your opinion of priests?
Emmet: Well, what would you think of a man who wears skirts or a celibate who wants to be called "Father"?
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Featured in Robert Mitchum, le mauvais garçon d'Hollywood (2018) See more »

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Molly Malone
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Traditional
Sung by Ken Hutchison
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My take on the controversy: NOT a parody
8 November 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Remarkably funny western/revolutionary action pic stars Mitchum as a con artist who poses as a priest and Langella as the South American' dictator he and his friends have been blackmailed into assassinating. Hayworth appears briefly as Langella's tormented mother.

The action is fast and well staged, and the film's humor is so effective that it has often been seen (mistakenly, I believe) as a spoof of its genre, rather than as the fine example it is of the genre at its best. This whole line of reasoning bothers me, because it implies that an adventure movie can't be funny, that it has to take itself deadly serious. Much like "Duck, You Sucker!" this film's irreverent humor is one of its main ingredients, but it does not detract from its standing as a decent action flick. It's in fact closer to the way action pictures are made today -- I would question whether the critics and fans who see this as a "parody" also think that Schwartzenegger's "Commando" and "The Running Man" are also parodies?

As Mitchum's character becomes more involved with Langella's peasant village, giving them the sacrament because they haven't seen a priest in years, he begins to BECOME the priest of his con-game, but his actions keep his friends and Langella guessing as to the extent of his "conversion." This brings up the theme of the appearance becoming the reality, an unusual theme for a western action flick.

Good performances and an unusually good film results.


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