The Pride And The Passion was based on C.S. Forester’s novel The Gun with Napoleon’s Iberian campaign providing an epic historical backdrop to a romance between Grant and Loren (who allegedly were carrying on off-camera as well as on screen) while Sinatra provides a brooding presence as a Spanish guerrilla struggling against unforgiving terrain to wage war against the French.
A splendid looking and expensive film which may not be Kramer at his best (On the Beach, Judgement at Nuremberg) but the film has plenty to admire.
Timewasn’t that impressed though saying “The whirr of the cameras often seems as loud as the thunderous cannonades. It evidently takes more than dedication, co-operative multitudes and four million dollars to shoot history in the face.”
USA / United Artists – Stanley Kramer / 131 minutes / 1957 filmed in Technicolor
Writers: Edna Anhalt, Edward Anhalt / Novel: The Gun by C.S. Forester / Cinematography: Franz Planer / Music: Georges Antheil / Director: Stanley Kramer
Cast: Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, Theodore Bikel