Billed as 'A New and Powerfully Different Kind of Motion Picture Story' upon release, this unusual western concerns the conflict between a priest and a Mexican bandito from A Night to Remember (1958) director Roy Baker. Father Keogh (John Mills) is a Catholic priest who arrives in the remote Mexican village of Quantano to build a congregation, unaware that the town is terrorized by the ruthless criminal Anacleto (Dirk Bogarde). An atheist, Anacleto has forbidden worship, so when Keogh holds services, Anacleto retaliates by murdering the locals in alphabetical order. Keogh refuses to back down. Impressed by his valor, Anacleto calls his men off and makes the priest an offer -- he'll spare him if he determines which inspires greater good, 'the singer' (the priest) or 'the song' (religion). Keogh doesn't answer. Meanwhile, one of the clergyman's followers, the young girl Locha (Mylene Demongeot), flees when her family, realizing that she's in love with Keogh, arranges a marriage with someone more suitable. Anacleto finds the girl and offers Keogh another deal. He'll let the girl live if the priest will admit his failure before his congregation.
Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Dirk Bogarde

John Mills
Director:
Roy Baker
Region:
2
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
English
Run Time:
133 mins approx.
studio:
Spirit Entertainment
Theatrical Release Year:
1961

The Singer Not The Song

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Billed as 'A New and Powerfully Different Kind of Motion Picture Story' upon release, this unusual western concerns the conflict between a priest and a Mexican bandito from A Night to Remember (1958) director Roy Baker. Father Keogh (John Mills) is a Catholic priest who arrives in the remote Mexican village of Quantano to build a congregation, unaware that the town is terrorized by the ruthless criminal Anacleto (Dirk Bogarde). An atheist, Anacleto has forbidden worship, so when Keogh holds services, Anacleto retaliates by murdering the locals in alphabetical order. Keogh refuses to back down. Impressed by his valor, Anacleto calls his men off and makes the priest an offer -- he'll spare him if he determines which inspires greater good, 'the singer' (the priest) or 'the song' (religion). Keogh doesn't answer. Meanwhile, one of the clergyman's followers, the young girl Locha (Mylene Demongeot), flees when her family, realizing that she's in love with Keogh, arranges a marriage with someone more suitable. Anacleto finds the girl and offers Keogh another deal. He'll let the girl live if the priest will admit his failure before his congregation.
Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Dirk Bogarde

John Mills
Director:
Roy Baker
Region:
2
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
English
Run Time:
133 mins approx.
studio:
Spirit Entertainment
Theatrical Release Year:
1961

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Interesting Addition to the Bogarde Collection

Shades of Graham Greene’s Monsignor Quixote in this atypical Western film starring Dirk Bogarde and John Mills. Father Keogh (Mills) is a catholic priest who arrives in a remote Mexican village to establish a congregation, only to find that the town is under the heel of ruthless killer Anacleto (Bogarde). The two opposites collide and Anacleto comes to grudgingly admire Keogh for standing up to him and offers the priest a deal: tell him which inspires the greater good, the song (religion) or the singer (the priest). The film is long and slowly-paced and will be boring for today’s microsecond attention span audiences, but more seasoned cinephiles will probably appreciate the deadly gavotte between the atypically cast Bogarde and his enemy. Mills’ part is not well developed and the actor struggles at times to give his role some substance, but all in all an interesting addition to the Bogarde oeuvre. The Strawberry Media/ITV DVD is devoid of extras.

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