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The Hills Run Red (1966)

Un fiume di dollari (original title)
Approved | | Action, Western | 9 September 1966 (Italy)
At the end of the Civil War, 2 Confederates holding stolen Union money and chased by Union troops separate, one escaping with the loot and the other getting a 5-year prison term.

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(as Lee W. Beaver)

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(as Mario Pierotti)
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Cast

Credited cast:
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Jerry Brewster / Jim Houston
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Garcia Mendez
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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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Storyline

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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Action | Western

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Release Date:

9 September 1966 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

River of Dollars  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Union cavalry sergeant: We'll make you talk.
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Connections

Referenced in The Hills Run Red (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Home to My Love
Lyrics by Audrey Nohra
Music by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Gianna Spagnolo
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surprisingly enjoyable despite clichés
7 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I started watching this and thought oh, lord, another howler with every hokey cliché inherent to bad spaghetti westerns. Midway when we see the stunt men grabbing their bellies from feigned gut shots and doing the railing flip to land on their backs on balsa wood saloon tables, one has to wonder if there could be any other way to do it. However the story does develop to reveal some depth to both characters and plot. The clichés endure so don't expect any surprises by the time it's over, but enjoy this period piece as the simple story it was meant to be with a few standouts in the supporting cast roles, if not the lead. There are some memorable items in the soundtrack and the location work cinematography could be called exemplary. The credits state it's a Dino De Laurentis production with much of the shooting done in Rome, which does contradict some of the IMDb data, FWIW. All in all it's the kind of tale that Hollywood had so tired of by the mid sixties they'd have sent it up as a comedy romp with an all star cast cracking one liners- but with admirable humility the spaghetti western production crew delivered this with straight faced sincerity, as if they still believed in what they were doing. Considering that I give it 7 not 6 stars.


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