It's a Siegel with Figueroa's cinematography, but it's also a complete miscast for MacLaine and for Siegel's ability and know how. Eastwood does what he always knew and did, the macho thing with attitude, which i will never like. So, Figueroa (and Morricone's score) it's what matters here. And also the idea of a nun being a lady of more men than just the son of god, which is due to Bud Boetticher's script.
As a big fan of Eastwood in general and his westerns in particular, especially Leone's "Dollars Trilogy," I can't believe I missed this film. Siegel mixes his own gritty style with inspiration from Italian westerns, just listen to the great score that plays throughout the film. McLaine is great as always and her relationship with Eastwood was believable. It would've been better though if it stayed platonic.
Fine work on Siegel's part, and a pretty good late iteration of the Eastwood '60s Western persona before Eastwood started tinkering with it within the confines of his own directorial career. Still, MacLaine is horribly miscast, and it's hard not to construct a fantasy version of the film as Boetticher intended it alongside the actual in your mind as you watch.
Vintage Clint Eastwood badass-ness highlights this entertaining western from director Don Siegel. Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine's snarky banter, along with some well-crafted suspense scenes propels things toward an action-packed finale. Another excellent western score from Ennio Morricone.