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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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Storyline

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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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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Solid Spaghetti Western
29 December 2009 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

Under the pretense of escorting a body back east for burial, ex-Confederate Joseph Cotten and his sons transport a coffin full of stolen cash meant to be used to re-start the Confederacy and begin the second Civil War. However, robbing and killing a military transport was the easy part for Cotten and sons.

There's lots of great moments of suspense and double-crossing treachery in this slightly offbeat, above average spaghetti western, featuring director Sergio Corbucci's usual flair for excessive violence (for the 60's) and a good, more subtle than usual music score by the great Ennio Morricone.

Cotten, (who's great) in an appropriately cruel and domineering performance, heads a cast of familiar European faces, including a great cameo appearance by Spanish actor Aldo Sambrell as a sweaty Mexican bandit.


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