Whom God Forgives (1957)

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Set in rural South of Spain in the 19th century, tells the story of group of outlaws, from very different origins, trying to survive, hiding from the law enforcement officers in caves in a ... See full summary »


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26 December 2017 | ma-cortes
| Dramatic and evocative movie based on real events , set in rural South of Spain in the 19th century about Andalucian bandits
Colorful and thrilling movie based on facts , set in rural South of Spain in the 19th century about Andalucian bandits , plenty of thrills , action and strong drama . This motion picture is a Spanish/Italian Co-production compellingly realized by Forqué . It packs gorgeous outdoors , charming cinematography , a sad soundtrack and luxurious costumes ; all meld together under José Maria Forqué's enjoyable direction . It is set during the 19th century , it tells the story of group of outlaws , from very different origins, attempting to survive , hiding from the law enforcement officers and their fighting against the evil mining company that exploits the unfortunate people of their home village . Set in Andalucia where had been proliferating ruthless bandits , who alone or in bands , engulfing the region with merciless assaults and ominous murders . For ironies of history , many bandits were good benefactors of the humble and poor people , giving rise to the glamorous as well as romantic legends of the generous Andalucian Bandidos . In fact, almost all of them were selfish and ambitious men , who could not be expected no sense humanitarian . These gangs were cruel and savage outlaws that infested the area from Sierra Morena and surroundings . These Bandoleros seem to have a whole praise by singing "Coplas of blind" sung in couplets and romances of blind singers which dedicated to bandits as "Lucero" , ¨Luis Candelas¨ , or ¨Cura Merino¨ . It begins with Andrés (Luis Peña) killing a foreman , being helped by Pedro (Alberto Farnese) who accidentally kills a warden ; then , both of whom flee and trying to embark towards America . Along with their women Rosario : Isabel de Pomes and Maria : Luisella Boni) fleeing from justice , take refuge in caves in a hilly area , in Sierra Morena , Andalucia and they join forces with a band led by ¨Juan Cuenca " (Francisco Rabal) . As the gang is commanded by "Juán Cuenca", whose name runs throughout the mountains and villages , being relentlessly frightened and hated by townsfolk .

This provoking film contains a parable of freedom and justice and dealiing with the "good thief" from the Christian tradition , where one of the condemned is pardoned by "Jesus ¨ El Rico . Nice acting by Francisco Rabal in the role a nineteenth century Andalusian bandit similarly to ¨Llanto para un Bandido¨. IT has magnificent scenarios masterfully photographed by the great cameraman Cecilio Paniagua and including gorgeous landscapes predominating throughout the story . It was one of the first color films produced in the country . Being shot on various locations in Burgos, Castilla y León, Marbella, Málaga, Serranía de Ronda, Ronda, Málaga, Andalucía , Spain .The movie achieved a deserved award in Berlin as Silver Berlin Bear and Nominated Golden Berlin Bear . Besides , it won Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain 1958, CEC Award Best Actor Francisco Rabal . And National Syndicate of Spectacle, Spain 1957 Won Prize of the National Syndicate of Spectacle Best Film , Best Actor Francisco Rabal and Best Supporting Actor Luis Peña .

The motion picture was well directed by prolific filmmaker Jose Maria Forqué and shot in comic book style and with great flair , being noted as one of the first Spanish music videos . As "Bring a Little Loving" or ¨Dame Un Poco De Amooor¨ is full of video-clips realized in Richard Lester's ¨Help¨ and ¨A hard day's night¨ style . Here Forqué carries out a decent , nimble and professional direction , though including some flaws and gaps . José María Forqué was born in Zaragoza , being father of actress Verónica Forqué and director Álvaro Forqué . He was a director and writer, known for filming some classic Spanish films , such as : ¨Un Millon En La Basura¨ (1967) , ¨Accidente 703¨ (1962) , ¨Amanecer en Puerta Oscura¨ (1957) , ¨Embajadores En Infierno¨ (1956) and especially ¨Atraco a Las Tres¨ (1962) . And shot successful TV series : ¨Miguel Servet¨ and ¨Ramon Y Cajal¨ . He also filmed some international co-productions such as ¨Tarot¨ with Gloria Grahame , Sue Lyon , Fernando Rey , ¨Mujer De Tierra Caliente¨ with Stuart Whitman , Laura Gemser , Paola Senatore , "It's Nothing Bad, Mama, It's Only a Game" with David Hemmings , Alda Valli , ¨A Devil Under the Pillow¨ with Ingrid Thulin, Gabriele Ferzetti , Maurice Ronet and ¨El Ojo Del Huracan¨ or ¨In the eye of hurricane¨ with Tony Kendall , Jean Sorel , among others .


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Country of Origin

Spain, Italy

Filming Locations

Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain

Box Office


ESP8,000,000 (estimated)

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