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Hellbenders (1967)
"I crudeli" (original title)

 -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  June 1967 (USA)
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An ex-Confederate and his sons plan to use stolen money as a way to revive the Confederacy.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Col. Jonas
Norma Bengell ...
Claire aka Mrs. Ambrose Allen
Al Mulock ...
The Beggar
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Pedro
Julián Mateos ...
Ben
Ángel Aranda ...
Nat
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Jeff
Julio Peña ...
Sgt. Tolt
Claudio Gora ...
Rev. Pierce
Ennio Girolami ...
Lt. Soublette (Fort Brent commander) (as Enio Girolami)
José Nieto ...
The Sheriff
María Martín ...
Kitty aka Mrs. Ambrose Allen
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ...
Gambler in Denton Saloon (as Ivan Scratuglia)
Rafael Vaquero ...
Mexican bandit
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Simón Arriaga ...
Mexican bandit
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The Civil War has ended, but not for Jonas, a ruthless Confederate officer who wants to continue the fight by reorganizing Confederate troops in the Southwest with the support of a large sum of stolen money. He devises an elaborate ruse to allow his small party to travel with minimal scrutiny through hostile territory, for the money is hidden in a coffin said to contain the body of his dead son. Jonas' other sons travel with him along with a hired "widow", as they proceed to what they hope to be a new start to the War between the States. However, while en route, they face severe, ongoing strife among themselves and successive threats from Union soldiers, a posse of cowboys, and an Indian war party. Written by Charles Delacroix

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A coffin without a corpse... Crammed with millions in cash! See more »


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June 1967 (USA)  »

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ESP 20,338,760 (Spain)
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Albert Band directed part of this film, uncredited. See more »

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Jonas: May I inquire just what it is you are looking for?
The Sheriff: Mass murders and what they stole.
Jonas: Not the roughies we heard about in Denton? The ones who destroyed the army convoy in Denton.
The Sheriff: They are somewhere around. We found some of their handywork in Denton's rocky hills. A woman's body... stripped clean.
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"I don't even respect the living"
11 August 2007 | by (Ruritania) – See all my reviews

This largely overlooked Spaghetti Western is one of the most unique and unusual entries in the work of prolific director Sergio Corbucci. Coming after the simplistic, over-the-top action of Django and the inferior Navajo Joe, it marks a beginning of a gradual increase in the quality of his films during the late 1960s.

Corbucci had clearly been attracting attention – Django was a massive hit – and was now commanding bigger budgets, as well as bigger names in the credits. The Hellbenders boasts talented Mercury Theatre veteran Joseph Cotton in the lead role. However, like his friend Orson Welles, Cotton's career was in the doldrums and it's fairly clear he appears here for the money, not the fun of it.

In style and story The Hellbenders is clearly a very different plate of spaghetti. The plot is based on a simple yet original premise. It's a great idea to have the defeated Confederate soldiers who hope to restart the Civil War carry their loot around in a coffin – a perfect symbol for the hopelessness of their cause. This device also allows for several extremely satisfying twists. As far as look goes, there is none of the grit and seediness of other Italian westerns and, with its compliment of cavalry and wagons The Hellbenders has more of the trappings of a John Ford film. It also has a somewhat more positive (albeit rather patronising) portrayal of women than most of its contemporaries, as it is the female lead who outwits all the men. While the basic plot elements are great, The Hellbenders is let down by the minutiae. The characters are fairly one-dimensional. Corners are cut and motivations are unrealistic. The ending is a total mess – while the final moments are nicely done, the screenwriters needlessly squeeze in a beggar and a tribe of vengeful Indians into the last ten minutes.

Corbucci's direction was never great, but he was a cut above the average in the genre, and there are some occasional moments of genius. The first action scene, the massacre of a few dozen Union troops, is brilliantly constructed, and Corbucci gives a level of realism to the violence that even Sergio Leone didn't have at this point. As usual though he is still let down by his overuse of the zoom lens and his having absolutely no feel for landscape shots. The editing on this picture is very good, and no wonder, since it's done by Leone's frequent collaborator Nino Baragli. Ennio Morricone provides the music, although it's a rather mediocre score by his standards.

While some top class actors tend to get a bit half-hearted when they're in less glamorous company, Joseph Cotton does a good job here, lending credibility to this somewhat creaky production. The same can't be said for the rest of the cast who are by and large abysmal. Despite some attention-grabbing cameos from Aldo Sanbrell and Al Mulock, The Hellbenders has a real lack of familiar spaghetti western faces. Luigi Pistilli, Mario Brega, Giuliano Gemma, Tomas Millian, Klaus Kinski – any of those would have been more than welcome.

Despite those flaws I've listed I do enjoy The Hellbenders fairly well, and I do think it's often underrated. If you could just polish up the script, and add a few more decent acting performances, this under-appreciated spaghetti would have been one of the genre's classics.


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