“What the hell is a nun doing out here?”
A mercenary gunfighter (Clint Eastwood) rescues a feisty nun (Shirley MacLaine) in the desert, and tries to bring her to safety. When he discovers that she’s on her way to help Mexican revolutionaries blow up a French fort, they find that their interests are aligned.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Battle of the Sexes
- Clint Eastwood Films
- Don Siegel Films
- Mistaken or Hidden Identities
- Shirley MacLaine Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
Don Siegel’s comedic western — based on a story by Budd Boetticher — has received mixed reviews over the years (see links below). For my part, I enjoyed the inspired pairing of MacLaine (one of my favorite actresses) and Eastwood, who has fun with his Spaghetti-western fame as “The Man With No Name”. In his review, Peary focuses primarily on Eastwood’s characterization, noting that this was the first time Eastwood played a tough guy who “intimidates men but has no idea how to handle women” — indeed, it’s the interplay between these two forces of nature (MacLaine is no passive nun!) which provides most of the fun.
Note: If you’ve never seen this film and don’t want its primary mystery given away, make sure not to read any online reviews; half of them shamelessly reveal spoilers.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
No, but it’s highly recommended.