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A cynical Catholic priest is sent to Mexico to preach. It’s the 1930s and Mexican government sees the church as competition. They send a secret agent to assassinate the priest. Sir Laurence Olivier plays a ‘whisky priest’ in post-revolution Mexico (a Catholic cleric who risks his life by continuing to conduct the Catholic Mass in secret after the totalitarian government have outlawed the Catholic Church). In order to confer the Christian sacraments, the priest must have wine ... but his attempts to obtain wine will call attention to his clandestine activities.