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Bad Man's River (1971)

El hombre de Río Malo (original title)
Robber Roy King loses his wife, Alicia, to revolutionary Montero. Despite their rivalry they collaborate in an attempt to rob the Mexican government of one million dollars.

Director:

Eugenio Martín (as Gene Martin)

Writers:

Philip Yordan (screenplay), Eugenio Martín (screenplay) (as Eugenio Martin)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Van Cleef ... Roy King
James Mason ... Francisco Paco Montero
Gina Lollobrigida ... Alicia
Simón Andreu ... Angel Santos (as Simon Andreu)
Diana Lorys ... Dolores
Gianni Garko ... Ed Pace (as John Garko)
Aldo Sambrell ... Canales
Jess Hahn ... Tom Odie
Daniel Martín ... False Montero
Luis Rivera Luis Rivera ... Orozco
Lone Fleming ... Conchita (as Lone Ferk)
Eduardo Fajardo ... General Duarte
Sergio Fantoni ... Colonel Enrique Fierro
José Manuel Martín José Manuel Martín ... Mexican Soldier (as Jose Manuel Martin)
Francisco Nieto Francisco Nieto
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Storyline

After Roy King's gang robs a train, the men split the loot and part ways. Unfortunately for Roy, he meets and falls in-love with beautiful temptress Alicia who agrees to marry him. However, she manages to double-cross Roy and run away with his loot. Roy escapes from his predicament and re-unites with his gang. At the Mexican border, Roy catches-up with Alicia who married yet another man, river-boat casino owner Francisco Montero. Roy is hungry for Alicia, for money and for revenge. Alicia convinces Roy and Montero to join forces and follow her into Mexico where a Revolutionary leader is offering one million dollars to any mercenary who can destroy a federal Mexican Army arsenal. Of course, Roy and Montero agree with Alicia's plan. They all head to Mexico, willing to risk their lives for one million dollars. Once arrived at their destination, the unlikely partners find that the Revolutionary leader is a bit loco and the task more difficult than imagined. The million dollar reward is ... Written by nufs68

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A HAWK... A VULTURE... and A DOVE... All circling for the biggest haul in the WEST!! See more »


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Country:

Spain | Italy | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

23 December 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Hunt the Man Down See more »

Filming Locations:

Colmenar Viejo, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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James Mason was not too impressed with the final result. In an interview he said, "When shooting a western in Spain, one should not say to oneself, 'Never mind, no one is going to see it,' because that will be just the film that the Rank Organisation will choose to release in England!". See more »

Quotes

Alicia: What do you admire most in a woman?
King: Well, actually, ah, all parts. What do you look for first in a man?
Alicia: Honesty.
King: Ah... second?
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Pretty dumb excuse for Van Cleef to make a film.
27 September 2002 | by johnwaynefreakSee all my reviews

Not really a spaghetti western; as well as Italy it was financed by Spain and France. It's meant to be a comedy western, MEANT to be; it has a handful of funny lines and a bizarre accent from James Mason. It's a complete mystery to me why he and Lee Van Cleef bothered to appear in this. Put simply, the film is boring - the characters are cardboard and the actors look like they'd be having more fun watching paint dry. The plot is clichéd and contrived, and difficult to follow. The freeze-frames at the beginning are just plain stupid. Beautiful as Gina Lollobrigida is, she just can't carry the film alone. Eugenio Martin really hasn't got an excuse for rearing such a turkey here, as the following year, he [the director] went on to make the far superior horror classic "Horror Express".

And now, the plot: Roy King (Van Cleef) and his bank-robbing gang get caught up in a plan by his ex-wife and her new husband (James Mason) to steal $1 million from the Mexican government. But the group are captured and sent to a rebel stronghold. Besieged and under fire from the Mexican army, the rebel general is forced to offer King and his gang freedom if they can pull the rebel side through. And I only know that basic outline 'cause it's given in a slightly more in depth form on the packaging...

Like I say, "Bad Man's River" is unquestionably awful. It's simply not even worth seeing as a curiosity piece. I bought it in a 2 for £10 sale and now consider that to have been a waste of money. Some people say that for the sake of top billing, Lee Van Cleef appeared in some real stinkers. This time, I'm inclined to agree.


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