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Two Mules for Sister Sara



Set in Mexico, Eastwood is riding through the Mexican desert when he comes upon MacLaine, who has been stripped by three men. They are about to rape her, but Eastwood kills the evil bunch. Though initially attracted to her himself, Eastwood is surprised when he discovers that MacLaine, a Juarista sympathizer, is really a nun. He agrees to take her to the revolutionaries' camp and hints that if he is offered enough money, he just might help attack the French garrison at Chihuahua. Along the trail Eastwood gets more surprises from the sister when he sees her smoking a cigar and enjoying a snort of whiskey. As they get closer to their destination, Eastwood tries to dynamite a French train loaded with ammunition. He's stopped when a Yaqui Indian hits him square in the shoulder with an arrow. MacLaine gets Eastwood drunk, then removes the arrow, bandaging his wounded shoulder. She sets off the charge by helping Eastwood fire a bullet into the explosives. After arriving at the revolutionaries' camp, MacLaine reveals that she is actually a prostitute and has detailed knowledge of the French fort's layout. A plan is devised by the group, and Eastwood takes MacLaine to the enemy stronghold. He pretends that she is his prisoner, thus gaining the confidence of the French. The gate is opened and the Mexican guerrillas rush in. A violent battle ensues. Eastwood and MacLaine grab some loot, make some love, and ride off together.

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Listen as Clint Eastwood talks candidly about his thoughts on this film including the story and working with Shirley MacLaine.

  • While in Austria for Where Eagles Dare Clint was approached with the script by Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton's wife at the time, with a view to starring together in the film. However Universal was unwilling to pay Taylor's high salary.
  • Apart from Clint, almost the entire crew suffered from the food on location in Mexico.
  • Shirley MacLaine did not get along during the shoot either with Clint or with director Siegel, with whom she openly fought.
  • Eastwood was not happy about having to kill the rattlesnake, but the Mexican authorities insisted. However, he probably did enjoy handing the headless corpse to MacLaine.

Sister Sara
Colonel Beltran
General LeClaire
First American
Second American
Third American
Juan's mother
Juan's father
also starring
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Clint Eastwood
Shirley MacLaine
Manolo Fabregas
Alberto Morin
Armando Sylvestre
John Kelly
Enrique Lucero
David Estuardo
Ada Carrasco
Pancho Cordova
Jose Chavez
Margarito De Luna
Jose Angel Espinosa
Rosa Furman
Pedro Galvan
Xavier Marc
Javier Masse
Aurora Munoz
Hortensia Santovena
Jose Torvay

Director of Photography
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Martin Rackin
Don Siegel
Albert Maltz
Budd Boetticher
Gabriel Figueroa
Robert Shugrue
Ennio Morricone


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