Bataille de San Sebastian, La

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La bataille de San Sebastian (France · Italy 1968 / Director: Henri Verneuil)

Also known as

I cannoni di San Sebastian (Italy) | Guns For San Sebastian (USA) | Los cañones de San Sebastián (Mexico) | Die Hölle von San Sebastian (Germany) | San Sebastian (Germany) | Os Canhões de San Sebastian (Portugal) | Strzelby dla San Sebastian (Poland) | Kanonen vid San Sebastian (Sweden) | San Sebastian (UK) | San Sebastian'in toplari (Turkey) | San Sebastianin tykit (Finland) | Slaget ved San Sebastian (Denmark) | Ta kanonia tou San Sebastian (Greece) | Canhões de San Sebastian (Brazil) | サン・セバスチャンの攻防 (Japan)
Guns for San Sebastian movie poster


Mexico 1746, Alastray (Anthony Quinn), a gunman on the run from the law, happens upon a Franciscan priest, Father Joseph (Sam Jaffe), while in flight. Father Joseph shows mercy on the fugitive and allows Alastray to stay with him, but when the locals find out that Joseph is harboring criminals, he's run out of town; Alastray travels with him, disguised as a monk. While approaching what appears to be a deserted village, Father Joseph is killed by a sniper, and Alastray heads into town. He is met by Teclo (Charles Bronson), a half-breed who calls the village home. It seems that a band of savage Yaqui Indians have been terrorizing the town and have a special hatred for men of faith; they intend to continue laying waste to the village until the residents beg for mercy and renounce Christianity. The Village leaders want to make Alastray their new spiritual leader, and despite his great reluctance, he agrees, mostly as a means of maintaining his cover. But when Alastray tries to organize the building of a much needed dam, as well as obtaining a stash of weapons so that the citizens may defend themselves, the Yaquis return in force, leading to a decisive confrontation.


  • Cast: Anthony Quinn (Leon Alastray), Anjanette Comer (Kinita), Charles Bronson (Teclo), Sam Jaffe (Father Joseph), Silvia Pinal (Felicia), Jorge Martínez de Hoyos (Felipe Cayetano), Jaime Fernández (`Golden Lance`), Rosa Furman (Agueda), Leon Askin (Vicar General), José Chávez (Antonito), Ivan Desny (Col. Calleja), Fernand Gravey (Governor), Pedro Armendáriz Jr. (Father Lucas), Jorge Russek (Pedro), Aurora Clavel (Magdalena), Enrique Lucero (Renaldo), Jorge Russek (Pedro), Julio Aldama (Diego), Jose Espinosa (as Ferusquilla)(Luis), Pancho Cordova (Kino), Enrique Lucero (Renaldo), Chano Urueta (Miguel), Noe Murayama (Captain Lopez), Guillermo Hernandez (Timoteo), Francisco Reiguera (Bishop), Carlos Berriochea (Pablo), Armando Acosta (Pascual), Guy Fox (villager), Rico Lopez (villager), Emilio Fernández (villager)
  • Story: “A Wall for San Sebastian” William Barby Faherty
  • Screenplay: Serge Ganz (Serge Gance), Miguel Morayta (Miguel Martinez), Ennio De Concini, James R. Webb [English dialogue]
  • Cinematography: Armand Thirard [Metrocolor, Franscope 2,35:1 (2,20:1 - 70mm prints)]
  • Music: Ennio Morricone
  • Producer: Jacques Bar



French/Italian co-production set in Mexico.

Versions and runtimes

  • Runtime: 117 min

Release Dates

  • Release Date: 20.3.1968 (U.S.A.), 18.10.1968 (Italy)

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