Anthony Nieldde Incontention
A Saul Bass title sequence and the pairing of Cary Grant with Frank Sinatra – two factors which may sway the average film fan into checking out The Pride and the Passion. The problem is that this 1957 effort is also typical Stanley Kramer nonsense with both stars looking especially ill at ease. Grant – who at the time was in the midst of various lightweight comedies, amongst them An Affair to Remember, Indiscreet and Houseboat - is called upon to wear period costume and participate in a bloodthirsty knife fight, neither of which particularly suit him. Meanwhile, Sinatra attempts to convince in his portrayal of an illiterate Spanish guerrilla. For as the epic opening shots reveal, this is a cast-of-thousands extravaganza in which the ordinary folk of Spain take on Napoleon’s mighty army and win.