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Pride And The Passion, The (1957, Cary Grant, Sophia Loren)



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.

Time wasn’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.’

production details
USA | United Artists – Stanley Kramer | 125 minutes | 1957

Writers: Edna Anhalt, Edward Anhalt
Novel: The Gun by C.S. Forester
Cinematography: Franz Planer
Music: Georges Antheil
Director: Stanley Kramer

Sophia Loren as Juana
Cary Grant as Anthony
Frank Sinatra as Miguel
John Wengraf as Sermaine
José Nieto as Carlos
Carlos Larrañaga as Jose
Philip Van Zandt as Vidal
Paco El Laberinto as Manolo
Julián Ugarte as Enrique
Félix de Pomés as Bishop
Carlos Casaravilla as Leonardo
Juan Olaguivel as Ramon
Nana DeHerrera as Maria
Theodore Bikel as General Jouvet
Jay Novello as Ballinger