The Pride and the Passion (1957)

This stirring tale set in Spain during the Napoleonic wars stars Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, and Sofia Loren. Adapted from C.S. Forester's novel The Gun and directed by Stanley Kramer, the film was critically acclaimed for its production values.

Captain Anthony Trumbull (Cary Grant) is a British military officer charged with retrieving a large cannon before it falls into the hands of the French. When he arrives in Spain, he finds that the Spanish army has retreated, and all that is left behind is a rag-tag group of guerilla fighters. Guerilla leader Miguel (Frank Sinatra) agrees to help the captain retrieve the cannon from its hillside wreckage and to provide the men to help fix it, but when Trumbull suggests a route to Santander, Miguel turns the tables and insists that the cannon go to Avila. Throughout their arduous journey, the two men rival for the affection of Miguel's lover, Juana (Sofia Loren).

This film profiles events that led to the coining of a new word in Spanish, guerrilla, which soon after entered into other languages. Click here for more information on guerrilla.

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