Nun Sara (Shirley MacLaine) is on the run in Mexico and is saved from cowboys by Hogan (Clint Eastwood), who is preparing for a future mission to capture a French fort. The pair become good friends, but Sara never does tell him the true reason behind her being outlawed.
A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
As the costly American Civil War still rages on, a twelve-year-old student of the forgotten Miss Martha Farnsworth's Seminary for Young Ladies in warm and humid Mississippi stumbles upon a gravely wounded Union soldier, Corporal John McBurney (Clint Eastwood). Taken in to recover from his injuries, McBurney is imprisoned in a small room inside the mansion. However, before long, the seductive and unwanted guest will manage to take advantage of the female inhabitants' wartime-subdued desires. But is McBurney really in control over the situation?Written by
Don Siegel said that this movie was commercially a failure because Universal Studios released it with advertisements that suggested it was an action movie, and the result disappointed the die-hard fans of Clint Eastwood's usual movies. See more »
When Carol leaves the house to find McB, she posts him in the gazebo playing cards. He is laying out the cards with his right hand, but when the camera angle changes to show Carol arrive, he is laying out the cards with his left hand. See more »
Removing the ligatures will be painful. Do you want some laudanum?
Cpl. John McBurney:
No thanks, kind lady! I'll fall asleep, and then just by chance, you might cut off my... other leg.
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The leg amputation scene was edited by the censors for the film's original UK cinema release. Later releases were uncut and rated 15. See more »
This powerful drama centering around the effect which the arrival of a wounded civil war soldier has on a house full of women is probably Don Siegel's finest achievement, and is yet another example of Eastwood's willingness to break new ground and tackle new genres. It is also, perhaps, the finest acting performance of his career. His presence in the house releases not only deeply repressed sexual urges in the women who are helping him to recover from his wounds, but a sexually competitive frenzy which becomes ever more dangerous and frightening.
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