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Title: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: Dark on January 27, 2005, 12:16:15 PM
I saw one other topic about this but it only had one opinion on it. What do you all think about it? I thought it was one of the better ones.
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: vik on January 27, 2005, 01:05:23 PM
there all better dark† ;)

yeh i liked it - but always found it a quite cynical movie

but i think shirley mcclaine was the right choice above liz taylor

its the next dvd to rewatch on my list so i will watch it this weekend and give you an update
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: Dark on January 27, 2005, 07:28:52 PM
Sounds good. But your right, their all better.  O0
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: D'Ambrosia on January 27, 2005, 08:16:17 PM
Love the beginning
Love the hat
Love the dynamite
Love that Clint did his own stunts (Some great ones too)
Love the last line...
Sara: "Aren't you even going to take your hat off???"
Hogan: "Haven't got anytime for all that..."
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: Dark on January 28, 2005, 12:16:40 PM
The stunts are good. My favorite part is when he has the arrow in his shoulder so he gets drunk. Classic.
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: gimpy on January 28, 2005, 11:12:53 PM
yea gotta love the tough side of Clint  8)
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: Christopher on January 29, 2005, 09:32:54 AM
Two Mules for Sister Sara is one of two Eastwood westerns I don't own yet. The other one being Joe Kidd. I'm not sure why that is though, because I enjoy Two Mules more than Hang'em High and probably Pale Rider as well.

I like the battle scene at the end, that was put together very well. The other scenes mentioned in this thread are good too. Plus, any movie Don Siegel has directed is going to be fun to watch. One of the best of his generation.
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: Dark on January 29, 2005, 09:34:51 AM
I agree, the final battle is well put together.
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: Chessie on January 31, 2005, 01:18:20 PM
Personally I really like Two Mules.  I got my whole group of friends hooked on it too, aren't I nice?   ::)

I like how it's Clint being a tough guy but looking like he's having a lot of fun doing it.   I like the humor it's kind of dark in it's own way and isn't always laugh out loud funny either. 

It's one of my favorites. 
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: Americanbeauty on January 31, 2005, 02:19:16 PM
Well, one of the few Eastwood's I've never seen ... yet  ;)

Reading your comments made me wanna see it  :) ... next one on my buying list  O0

Thanks !
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: Lin Sunderland on February 01, 2005, 05:27:56 AM
I'm sure you will enjoy Two Mules for Sister Sarah However if you get the DVD don't read the back I think it kind of spoils the story and gives away too much of the plot in a short paragraph.   :(
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: Americanbeauty on February 01, 2005, 01:22:42 PM
However if you get the DVD don't read the back I think it kind of spoils the story and gives away too much of the plot in a short paragraph. :(
Thanks for the tip Lin  O0
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: Walt on February 26, 2005, 05:09:53 PM
Sarah is a good " fun " western . Clint is on top form and Shirley Maclean makes a very " interesting " nun .
It's got another fine score by good old Lalo and a couple of good ( surprisingly bloody ) battle scenes  .
It's not one of Clints best but it is damned good entertainment .
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: KC on February 26, 2005, 07:50:51 PM
Morricone.  (http://home.swfla.rr.com/mattreigns/boardwink.gif)
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: Sundayjack on February 26, 2005, 09:18:04 PM
I think Two Mules is fabulous.  It's a great contrast from the darkness of a movie like High Plains Drifter.  Both movies I love, but for entirely different reasons.

The interplay between Eastwood and McLain throughout the first half of the film is just a great dialogue.  And, you don't get a lot of dialogue in Eastwood westerns.  In fact, I'll get torched for this, but Unforgiven is NOT one of my favorites because of the dialogue - contrived in places.  But I digress.

Two Mules is playful and quirky in places (Sister Sara's tummy growling - when has THAT even happened in film).  The scene at the train trestle is priceless (ummmm. . .  can YOU shoot?).  Sister Sara's ending transformation from a nun to a raspy prostitute is a great treat.  ("I wanna be pretty for ya")   

Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: outlaw josey on March 01, 2005, 03:06:42 AM
I am in the process of watching two mules. I think it is a great movie. It's got it all:

great action
humour
romance
Morricone's music

Love the scene with the rattler!!!

In this movie Hogan dreams of exploiting a gambling hall in San Francisco. In Unforgiven Munny ends up in a more respectable occupation. Synchronicity with Clint's movie-career?

Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: outlaw josey on March 01, 2005, 04:53:56 AM
Finished watching Two Mules

Last time was long ago, I almost forgot how good it is.

Most of the time it is a funny western. The performance and dialogue between Clint and Shirley see to that.
I agree, the casting of Shirley Maclaine was a good choice.

The dramatic moments provide the necessary contrast to the comedy:†

-The nearly rape of Sarah
-The execution of the Juarist
-Hogan shot
-The (bloody and merciless) killing in the final battle

The music-score of Morricone is brilliant!!!!! O0

Does anybody know where the Two mules in the title refer to?
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: KC on March 01, 2005, 07:22:04 AM
I think Sara has one, and Hogan is supposed to be the other.   (http://home.swfla.rr.com/mattreigns/boardwink.gif)
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: Dennis on March 01, 2005, 09:24:54 AM
Good movie. As stated by others, Clint and Shirley worked well together.  But to me the two top feautures of this film are: 1. Ennio Morricone's great, underrated score. It's just as exciting as the music in most of his westerns, but uses much more acoustic instruments, and has a somewhat "Mexican folk" sound throught. And this is the only western that Morricone scored for an American director, plus his last with Eastwood. 2. Don Siegel didn't use the American west to film in. Instead "Two Mules" was filmed in the beautiful deserts of Mexico. Siegel was smart enough to pick up and employ Morricone's music with the scenery, action and characters, as Leone did earlier. Just listen to the opening title theme, which imitates Sister's Sara's braying mule, and how it fits with the gorgeous natural scenery in the opening credits, and you'll see what I mean. A very memorable film. 
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: Walt on March 01, 2005, 11:11:46 AM
Morricone.† (http://home.swfla.rr.com/mattreigns/boardwink.gif)

Oh dear , this senility is getting to me  :-[
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: Phantomstranger on March 02, 2005, 06:45:34 PM
I think this one of Eastwoods best westerns.  Tough, violent and just a good all around cowboy flick.
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 24, 2005, 11:24:33 PM
Another early gem from Clint.Don Siegel directing, Ennio Morricone scoring and Shirley Maclaine costarring,well in fact Clint was the costar,Shirley had top billing.
Just listen to the opening title theme, which imitates Sister's Sara's braying mule
That little bit of music appears quite a lot during the film and I loved it.
The big finale battle at the fort was brilliant,if a little gory especially for 1969 audiences.
Apart from the two stars there's no other well known actors in the cast but that doesn't diminish the film one bit.
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: GuardianAngel on April 30, 2005, 03:02:32 PM
This movie is one of my favorite Clint Westerns.. mainly because it was a good story, and had some GREAT lines by Clint

"Raise your eyes to heaven sister. [looks at buzzards] Are they or are they NOT God's creatures... why would you want to rob them of all this convienant nourishment?" [points at dead rapists]

"Sister! you wanna bless them, you bless them DRY!"
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: Kiwi Cowboy on June 11, 2005, 10:13:42 PM
Not one of my favs but my girlfriend loved it. probably the sexual chemistry between Clint and Shirley
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: Jessy on August 11, 2005, 04:16:09 AM
Who believed she was anything but a true nun, especially when she ran down to bless the graves with water and praying at the little shrine ? ^-^

She had me convinced all the way just like Hogan.
Very well played by Shirley.  O0




Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 11, 2005, 05:32:22 AM
I think I started to suspect she wasn't a real nun in the scene with the rattle snake.    It is a shame the blurb on the DVD cover tells you she is not a nun.  That, I think, spoils the movie if you are seeing it for the first time. :(
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: Perry on September 06, 2005, 03:57:56 PM

  Someone once asked Maclaine what she thought of Eastwood and her response was.." I love Clint.........even if he is a Republican."...
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: paulfinlay29 on December 27, 2019, 10:28:53 AM
Newbie here. Iím 46, from the UK and have only recently discovered Clint Eastwood westerns (sorry!).

Am watching this film for the first time today, recorded off 5spike, and just wanted to ask if the arrow removal scene had been edited out? The film jumps from the nun preparing to push the arrow out to Clint waking up hours later (without the arrow). I get the feeling that somethingís been edited out. Anyone able to help?

Looking forward to reading the rest of the Clint Eastwood Westerns section :)
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: Matt on December 29, 2019, 07:25:26 PM
Hi Paul,

Actually, it sounds like it was edited out. In the film, we see Sister Sara hit the arrow through with a rock. It's not gory at all, so no idea why it was edited out for general TV audiences.

Welcome to the board!
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: KC on December 29, 2019, 09:21:28 PM
I agree with Matt. I just re-watched that scene. You see Hogan light the powder in the groove Sara has cut in the arrow, while at the same time she strikes the knife, held against the arrow, with Hogan's gun (not a rock, sorry, Matt). He slumps over, groaning, and she goes around behind him and pulls the arrow out. The arrow is covered in blood, but that's all the gore you see. Hogan collapses, and Sara takes a slug of his whiskey. End of scene. The next thing we see is Sara coming up with the animals, some time later, and trying to rouse him so he can blow up the French train.

You can watch the unedited version for free on Tubi, if you don't have the DVD:
https://tubitv.com/movies/491550/two_mules_for_sister_sara?utm_source=google-feed&tracking=google-feed

And I second Matt's Welcome to the Board! :)
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: paulfinlay29 on December 30, 2019, 06:30:24 AM
Thanks both! And thanks for the link, I will check it out shortly - judging by the descriptions above it sounds like someone has taken A hatchet to the film for the tv version.
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: paulfinlay29 on January 01, 2020, 03:11:45 AM
Unfortunately The link wonít work as Iím I the uk but thank you for taking the time to do this KC 👍
Title: Re: Two Mules for Sister Sara
Post by: KC on January 01, 2020, 09:38:45 AM
Well, you could try UK Amazon ... it's available to rent in HD for £3.49 , or buy for £7.99:

Amazon.co.uk link (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mules-Sister-Sara-Clint-Eastwood/dp/B00MWVG5KY/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3A3FYFO46UYKG&keywords=two+mules+for+sister+sara&qid=1577896473&s=instant-video&sprefix=two+mu%2Caps%2C208&sr=1-1)