Friday, June 24, 2011

GUNS OF THE REVOLUTION

Miguel Pio - Spanish title
Canones de la revolucion - Mexican title
Keine Zeit zum Sterben - German title
Rain for a Dusty Summer - U.S.A. title
Guns of the Revolution - U.S.A. title

A 1969 U.S.A., Spanish co-production [Do Bar Productions (Hollywood), P.C. Balcazar Studios (Barcelona)]
Producer: G.B. Buscemi
Director: Arthur Lubin
Story: Franklin Lacey
Screenplay: G.B. Buscemi, Julius Evans
Cinematography: Manuel Berenguer (Manuel Serra) [Eastmancolor]
Music: Wade Denning (Wade Denning, Jr.)
Song: "Rain for a Dusty Summer" sung by Gene Merlino
Running time: 93 minutes

Cast:
‘The Genereal’ - Ernest Borgnine (Ermes Borgnino)
Miguel Pio - Padre Humberto (Humberto Almazán)
Humberto Pio - Sancho Gracia (Felix Gracia)
Luis Vilches - Vicente Sangiovanni
Colonel Amadeo Marinos - Aldo Sambrell (Alfredo Brell)
Joe Weiler - Harry Harris
Señora Altera - Maida Severn
Leurela - Gemma Cuervo (Gemma Igartua)
Captain Carlos Larrea - Carlos Casaravilla (Carlos Rios)
Margarita - Marta Flores (Marta de la Paz)
Ana Pro - Tina Sáinz (Tina Rubio)
Nita - Maria Sunción Victoria
Rector - Florencio Calpe
Roberto Pro - Martín Porras
Señora Pro - Nela Conjiu
Armando - Pajarito (Murriz Brandariz)
news vendor - Manuel Bronchud
priest - Ángel Álvarez (Ángel Fernández)
townsman - Moises Rocha

                         [Actual photo of Miguel Pio's execution.]
Based on true events, Miguel Pro is a Mexican padre during the early 20th Century when churches in his homeland of Mexico are being destroyed and the clergy murdered. ‘The General’ who governs this section of the country, orders these purges and Miguel Pro who had actually left the seminary because he preferred entertaining, sees a bishop shot down at the altar which makes him realize that God is in his heart, not the stage.

Father Miguel travels disguised as a peasant, performing on request masses, baptisms and marriages in private homes until he's eventually arrested. Given a chance to live by ceasing all priestly duties, Miguel chooses instead his calling and a death sentence. The beloved priest's firing squad execution brings 30,000 mourners to his funeral.

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