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The Hills Run Red (1966)
"Un fiume di dollari" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Action, Western  |  9 September 1966 (Italy)
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After the Civil War ends, two soldiers return home with a cache of stolen money. They are caught by Union troops. One escapes, but the other is sent to prison for five years. When he gets ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Jerry Brewster / Jim Houston
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Garcia Mendez
Dan Duryea ...
Col. Winny Getz
Nicoletta Machiavelli ...
Mary Ann
Gianna Serra ...
Hattie Gardner
Nando Gazzolo ...
Ken Seagull / Ken Milton
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Tim Brewster
Geoffrey Copleston ...
Brian Horner
Paolo Magalotti ...
Stayne
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fortunato Arena
Vittorio Bonos ...
Gambler #1
Jeff Cameron ...
Randall (blond Mendez gunman)
Pietro Ceccarelli ...
Bald Mendez gunman (as Puccio Ceccarelli)
Guido Celano ...
Burger - Blacksmith
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Carson
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After the Civil War ends, two soldiers return home with a cache of stolen money. They are caught by Union troops. One escapes, but the other is sent to prison for five years. When he gets out and goes home, he finds that his wife has died in poverty because his partner kept all the money, and is now a major power in the area with an army of deadly gunmen to back him up. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The man who had five years to think about killing... his best friend! Finally they meet...

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Garcia Mendez: Senor, in this life there are those who talk a lot, and those who keep their hatred and desire for vengeance hidden in their hearts. I promise you that Horner will regret the day he was born. I promise you that he will loose five of his men for every one of my hombres killed. And I promise you that I will discover who betrayed us and I will kill him with my own hands
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Home to My Love
Lyrics by Audrey Nohra
Music by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Gianna Spagnolo
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Works best as a comedy
6 May 2000 | by (Bruges, Belgium) – See all my reviews

I'm catching up on old westerns lately. And I must admit I haven't seen many good ones. The John Wayne-"classic" THE SEARCHERS was a real disappointment for example. But this movie is by far the worst I have ever seen in the western-genre. The story is set against the background of the Civil War. Two "buddies" return home with a large amount of stolen money, when they are being caught. One of them(Gazzolo) escapes from the "yankees"(with the money). The other one(Hunter) gets locked away for 5 years. When he is released, he finds out that his "friend" is now the richest and most feared/hated man around. He is also to blame for the death of Hunter's wife. Our hero seeks for revenge, but he stands alone...

The movie is very very bad: the first half might work as a parody, but this is denied by a boring and predictable second half. The acting is really bad, especially by the leads: Hunter is awful as the hero(look out for the scene in which he screams for revenge)and Gazzolo doesn't get much to do either. The only actor I knew in this "film" was Henry Silva and his role(leader of Gazzolo's men) is, to say the least, dynamic, but pointless at the same time. Silva gives an awkward, but often amusing performance. The other performances range (surprisingly) from mediocre to rather good, with Machiavelli as a Catherine Zeta-Jones-lookalike from years ago. Most of the dialogue is dubbed too which can easily be noticed. The music however has some nice moments, but all in all it's by far not enough to cover up for the rest.

If you want a really bad comic(?) western, you might want to see this. Just don't pay any dollari for it. 3/10


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