Two Mules for Sister Sara

Two Mules for Sister Sara might have worked. But with Clint Eastwood as one of the mules, an American mercenary looking for a fast peso in old French-occupied Mexico, Shirley MacLaine as a scarlet sister disguised in a nun's habit, and Don Siegel's by-the-old-book direction, it doesn't.

With:
Shirley MacLaine Clint Eastwood Manolo Fabregas Alberto Morin Armando Silvestre John Kelly

Two Mules for Sister Sara might have worked. But with Clint Eastwood as one of the mules, an American mercenary looking for a fast peso in old French-occupied Mexico, Shirley MacLaine as a scarlet sister disguised in a nun’s habit, and Don Siegel’s by-the-old-book direction, it doesn’t.

Screenplay based on a story by Budd Boetticher, needed a Lee Marvin, or a portrayal like Humphrey Bogart’s in The African Queen to work. MacLaine is literally unbelievable as a nun, and the story’s main thread of tension, the relationship between her and Eastwood, simply dissipates.

Siegel and Mexican cameraman Gabriel Figueroa use the Mexican locations to great advantage, with sweeping panoramics of the brutal countryside and intriguing settings.

Two Mules for Sister Sara

Production: Universal/Malpaso. Director Don Siegel; Producer Martin Rackin, Carroll Case; Screenplay Albert Maltz; Camera Gabriel Figueroa; Editor Robert F. Shugrue; Music Ennio Morricone; Art Director Jose Rodriguez Granada

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 116 MIN.

With: Shirley MacLaine Clint Eastwood Manolo Fabregas Alberto Morin Armando Silvestre John Kelly

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