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Rain for a Dusty Summer (1971)

GP | | Drama, Western
In Mexico, a mad general is leading his own war against the Church. Priests are rounded up, churches burned down and religion outlawed. The suffering of one pious catholic priest could bring the tide of change however.

Director:

Arthur Lubin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest Borgnine ... The General
Humberto Almazán ... Miguel Pro (as Padre Humberto)
Sancho Gracia ... Humberto Pro (as Sancho Garcia)
Aldo Sambrell ... Col. Marinos
Harry Harris Harry Harris ... Joe Weiler
Nela Conjiu Nela Conjiu ... Sra. Pro
Carlos Casaravilla ... Capt. Larrea
Vicente Sangiovanni Vicente Sangiovanni ... Luis Vilches
Maida Severn ... Sra. Altera
Gemma Cuervo ... Loreto
Marta Flores Marta Flores ... Margarita
Tina Sáinz ... Ana Pro
Asunción Vitoria Asunción Vitoria ... Nita (as Maria Sunción Victoria)
Florencio Calpe Florencio Calpe ... Rector
Martín Porras Martín Porras ... Roberto Pro
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In Mexico, a mad general is leading his own war against the Church. Priests are rounded up, churches burned down and religion outlawed. The suffering of one pious catholic priest could bring the tide of change however.

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Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Guns of the Revolution See more »

Filming Locations:

Spain

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Soundtracks

Rain for a Dusty Summer
Music by Wade Denning
Lyrics by Elaine Gold
Sung by Gene Merlino
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shadow of the original (and not a "Western")
15 April 2009 | by winner55See all my reviews

Now billed as a 'spaghetti Western," this is actually a uncredited remake of the Graham Greene/ John Ford classic "The Fugitive," with a twist - in this version, the priest is not plagued with the any of the doubts or crises of courage that made Henry Fonda's characterization so memorable. So the film loses weight thereby, which it attempts to replace with th humor and humanity of Humberto Almazán's performance - and it almost succeeds, he is eminently likable as a grass-roots padre.

It's not a bad film, not an uninteresting film. I just kept getting haunted by flashbacks to the Ford original, with it's high-contrast shadows, and tense moments of confrontation between the priest, his own conscience, and the wannabe atheist soldier. Despite the clarity of the priest's commitment in this version, the original actually carried the message better.


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