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

Not Rated  |   |  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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Credited cast:
Col. Jonas
Norma Bengell ...
Claire aka Mrs. Ambrose Allen
Al Mulock ...
The Beggar
Julián Mateos ...
Ángel Aranda ...
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


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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Hellbenders  »

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ESP 20,338,760 (Spain)

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Selected by Quentin Tarantino for the First Quentin Tarantino Film Fest in Austin, TX, 1996. See more »


Jonas: We'll find another widow. Take her away and bury her... Deep... bring back her clothes.
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Referenced in Django Unchained (2012) See more »

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Corbucci on the Road
29 April 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

After the Civil War a dedicated ex-Confederate officer leads a hearse with a coffin full of money to New Mexico where he wants to revive the Confederation. His company is formed by his three very different sons and an alcoholic women. After the woman gets killed she is replaced by a seasoned female gambler who is well played by Norma Bengell. The whole story unfolds in the way of a road movie where the characters are passing through the typical obstacles of a Western environment. Due to a massacre the bunch committed in the beginning they are hunted by unionists and government officials. Corbucci manages to make the characters who are basically all criminals very likable and I was more often than not at the edge of my seat when the bunch run into trouble. Probably THE WILD BUNCH from Peckinpah got some inspirations from here and Corbucci's COMPAÑEROS can be considered a later variant with a different mood.

The mood of the film is excellently supported by Morricone's score which belongs to his best. Cinematography is above average. The Spaghetti Western Web Board rated this film at #24 of all SW in 2005.

7 / 10

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