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Two Mules For Sister Sara [DVD]

Clint Eastwood , Shirley MacLaine , Don Siegel    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Manolo Fábregas, Alberto Morin, Armando Silvestre
  • Directors: Don Siegel
  • Writers: Albert Maltz, Budd Boetticher
  • Producers: Carroll Case, Martin Rackin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Uca
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Aug 2002
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006RHUT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,819 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In the cactus-studded Mexican backcountry of the 1860s, a surly drifter who could easily be mistaken for the Man with No Name becomes protector and lethal helpmate to a red-haired nun wanted by the French for aiding the Juarista revolutionaries. Essentially a two-character showcase for the newly stellar Clint Eastwood and what was beginning to seem the poststellar Shirley MacLaine (subbing for Elizabeth Taylor), this sardonic study in testy collaboration, mutual deception and distrust, and slightly creepy sexual attraction is highly rated by a fairly small number of critics--chiefly, one suspects, for the dual-auteur cachet of having been directed by Don Siegel and based on a story by Budd Boetticher. Others deem it an undersauced spaghetti Western and find that the stars grate on the viewer as well as each other. Cinematography by the great Gabriel Figueroa is some consolation, but... if only Boetticher had been allowed to direct. --Richard T. Jameson

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Old Mexico, occupied by the French, is a magnet for American mercenaries, looking to make a fast buck in the lawless country. One such gold-digger (Clint Eastwood) shows his fundamentally noble nature by saving a 'nun' (Shirley Maclaine) from being raped. She turns out in fact to be a prostitute, and the odd couple team up, facing continual confrontation with the French forces.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The donkey's cute, too 31 May 2009
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This is an amusing story set in the last months of the Napoleon III grab at Mexico. Well written, well cast, and beautifully filmed in Mexico. Shirley MacLaine and Clint Eastwood give polished performances; both of them able to effortlessly combine comedy with drama. I won't spoil the plot by describing it, but I will say that if you haven't yet seen this movie, then go for it. The weaponry is anachronistic, but who cares? Worth every penny, good enough to be viewed again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars As Boring As A Mule 7 Aug 2014
By Mr. C. Gelderd VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is a very hit and miss drama, with hints of comedy from Eastwood and Maclane as opposing characters and then with some fine action sequences in the final act.

The cinematography is basic, with everything you want from a barren Western movie included. Eastwood is over-played here by Maclane who took top billing, but director Don Siegel knows what makes Eastwood tick and what audiences want from him, and this partnership worked over the course of 4 further films including 'Dirty Harry' the following year.

It's harmless stuff, but probably lacks a bit more punch.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cinematography from a True Master. 10 Dec 2009
By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
You could easily be forgiven for assuming that "Two Mules for Sister Sara" is a typical "Spaghetti western", but you would be wrong in that assumption. Unlike the vast majority of those westerns which were filmed in Europe this one was filmed entirely on location in Mexico, and boy does it show! It is also directed by and financed by Americans. The distinctive musical score by the Italian master Ennio Morricone adds to the spaghetti feel, as does Clint Eastwood's appearance, still looking and acting in the guise of his "Man with no Name" character from his series of "dollar westerns" with the spaghetti great Sergio Leone. The film reminds me of one of those animals that have learnt to mimic another species to perfection! But to call it a mere mimic would be an injustice because it has a number of good features that lift it above the average western.

The film is set during the French intervention in Mexico in the 1800's. A mercenary played by Eastwood rescues a nun played by Shirley MacLaine from rape and murder. Together they travel to fight with the Juarista's against the despotic French. Eastwood for money, and MacLaine for the cause. As the journey progresses it becomes apparent that our nun is not all she seems. No great surprises there! We head to a bloody confrontation between the Juarista's and a heavily manned French garrison. The odds are against our band of heroes. But when have the odds got in the way of a good story?

What lifts this film above the average is the striking cinematography of the great Mexican genius Gabriel Figueroa, a man who resisted the lure of Hollywood and worked mostly in his country of birth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two stars make a good team 18 Feb 2011
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It's always good when two established stars team up to produce a good film. Here is Clint at his best as a lone cowboy after money who meets Shirley MacClaine as a nun being harassed. This film follows their adventures against the French Garrison and it is only at the end that the true identity of the nun is revealed and the reasons why the French want her so much. A good adventure yarn - even if the final scene is a bit implausible!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Mules for Sister Sara (Blu-ray version) 1 April 2014
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This 1970 production directed by Don Siegel starring Clint Eastwood and Shirley Maclaine who play wonderfully off each other with Clint still playing the character from the films he made with Sergio Leone and Maclaine giving a fine performance as the “Nun” with the secret this Western is quite comic at times with a dark storyline which is finally released in the UK on Blu-ray in the May of 2013, the disc is encoded with the VC1 codec in full 1080p resolution in its original 2.35 aspect ratio the sound is now changed to DTS-HD Master Audio stereo (48hz 24bit) from the Dolby Digital stereo of the 2002 DVD release the sound track is reborn from the DVD release giving the viewer an improved watching experience with an easier to understand dialogue track the music track has better separation and the sound effects such as the gunfire and explosions along with the deeper blacks greater colour palette of the picture the Blu-ray is a worthy up-grade from the DVD.
The DVD had the following Subtitle choices :- English for the hard of Hearing, Arabic, Hungarian, Czech, Turkish, Greek and Romanian the Blu-ray has the following choices :- English for the hard of hearing, French, Italian, German, Spanish, German, Spanish, Japanese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Korean, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and Traditional Mandarin apart from the English soundtrack there is also soundtracks in French, Italian, German, Spanish and Latin American Spanish all in DTS Stereo...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two mules for sister sara 15 July 2012
By moshi
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Love this film starring Clint Eastwood and Shirley McClain. It quite humourous in parts and I would imagine that lovers of westerns especilly Eastwood would really like this western. Its one of my favourites.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Two Mules for Sister Sara is directed by Don Siegel and adapted to screenplay by Albert Maltz from a story by Budd Boetticher. It stars Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Manolo Fabregas and Alberto Morin. A Panavision/Technicolor production, the music is scored by Ennio Morricone and cinematography by Gabriel Figueroa.

Set during the reign of Emperor Maximilian in Mexico, plot finds Eastwood as a reconnaissance drifter for hire who saves a nun (MacLaine) from being gang-raped by three cowboys. Forming an unusual alliance as journey companions, it turns out that Sister Sara has many secrets to reveal...

It hardly set the American box office alight and critical reviews were lukewarm to say the least, and with Boetticher himself proving quite vociferous in his displeasure at how his source story was handled, Two Mules for Sister Sara is often thought of as a stinker. Is it? Well it's undeniably too long and Siegel is hardly stretching his directing prowess, but it's a fun adventure movie that is beautifully photographed and for the most part it finds Eastwood and MacLaine as a watchable double act. The central jokes of having Eastwood "fancy" a nun and said nun put into a number of compromising situations - wears thin because of the over long running time - but the film gets wrapped up nicely with some high octane action and a smile inducing ending.

Middle tier Eastwood and Siegel stuff for sure, and the prudes should stay away, but this is certainly better than its reputation suggests; flaws and all. 7/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Eastood at his best but entertaining and excellent transfer
Not Eastood at his best but entertaining and excellent transfer.
Published 1 day ago by Michael Endres
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Western :-)
A brilliant Western film. A personal favourite of mine, but my dad enjoys his Westerns much more than me, and he would put this film in his collection of favourites. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kayleigh Tipper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant
Published 2 months ago by IAN DORAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad time to start a war...
This was a bit of a comedy western but is still a classic and has some really classic bits in there, worth the upgrade and another essential western.
Published 2 months ago by P. Sweeting
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done.
Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine both put in great performances in this tale of revolution, Indians and deception in Mexico.
Well worth a watch.
Published 2 months ago by Penny Pincher
5.0 out of 5 stars sister sara
this is a great film different from most other films good ending I like clint eastwood and have other films
Published 3 months ago by Mr Laurence Kipping
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good product. on-time delivery. seamlessly trade, thank you.
Published 3 months ago by laguna
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast From The Past
yet another blast from the past with a young Clint Eastwood & Shirley good looking MaClaine playing the part of a Nun with different undertones with a definite habit if you'll... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Slider
5.0 out of 5 stars clint rides again
Clint saves a damsel in distress and ends up saving a nun
so he thinks,only to discover that she's neither but a rebel
Sympathiser on the run. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cambria
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic film
not recieved this film yet but got it to put into my collection of clint eastwood i always watch his films when i can
Published 6 months ago by dawn smith
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