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Two Mules for Sister Sara is an American-Mexican western film starring Shirley MacLaine and Clint Eastwood set during the French intervention in Mexico. The film was released in 1970 and directed by Don Siegel.

A drifter named Hogan spots and saves a naked woman from being gang-raped by several bandits whom he shoots and kills. He later learns that the woman, Sara, is a nun working with a group of Mexican revolutionaries who are fighting the French. When Sara requests that Hogan take her to a Mexican camp, he agrees because he had previously arranged to help the Mexican revolutionaries attack the French garrison in exchange for a portion of the garrison's strongbox if they are successful.

Two Mules for Sister Sara contains examples of:

  • Annoying Arrows: Averted. When Hogan is hit by an arrow in the shoulder and knocked from his horse, the wound causes him great pain and the removal is complicated, starting with removing the fletching and the rear part of the arrow, then Sara pushes the arrow the rest of the way through his shoulder, followed by a crude cauterization. Even after its removal Hogan’s shoulder is weak enough that Sara has to help him aim his rifle when they derail the train.
  • Attempted Rape: Hogan saves Sara from being raped by a gang of bandits at the start of the film.
  • Automaton Horses: Averted. Sara rides a horse over rough road for so long its feet end up stone bruised so she can't ride it anymore.
  • Bad Habits: Sara disguises herself as a nun to escape the French.
  • Cigar-Fuse Lighting: Hogan does this during the battle at the Mexican fortress.
  • Hired Guns: Before his Character Development, Hogan is a mercenary who is Only in It for the Money when it comes to his task of blowing up a French supply train.
  • Naughty Nuns: Sister Sara is a whiskey drinking, cigar smoking nun. Who it turns out belongs to the other kind of Nunnery (i.e. the best damn cat house in town).
  • Non-Indicative Name: A Mule and A Burro for Sister Sara would be a more accurate title. Possibly averted in that some assert that Hogan is the second "mule."
  • Nun Too Holy: Sara drinks whiskey, smokes cigars and is fighting alongside a band of Mexican revolutionaries. It turns out she's not really a nun.