MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 5,858 this week

A Town Called Hell (1971)
"A Town Called Bastard" (original title)

 -  Action | Comedy | Drama  -  1972 (USA)
4.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.9/10 from 366 users  
Reviews: 18 user | 3 critic

A group of Mexican revolutionaries murders a town priest and a number of his christian followers. Ten years later, a widow arrives in town intent to take revenge from her husband's killers.

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(screenplay), (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 03 Jan 2012
 
a list of 427 titles
created 16 Feb 2012
 
a list of 4376 titles
created 15 Jan 2013
 
a list of 729 titles
created 18 Jun 2013
 
a list of 91 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Town Called Hell (1971)

A Town Called Hell (1971) on IMDb 4.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Town Called Hell.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

George Armstrong Custer's love of the heroic traditions of the Calvary and his distaste with the coming of industrialization leads him to his destiny at the Little Big Horn.

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Robert Shaw, Mary Ure, Ty Hardin
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The Spanish explorer Pizarro captures the Inca god-chief Atahualpa and promises to free him upon the delivery of a hoard of gold. But Pizarro finds himself torn between his desire for ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Lerner
Stars: Robert Shaw, Christopher Plummer, Nigel Davenport
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young girl lives with her mother and grandmother. One day her estranged father returns home with a female companion he introduces as his fiance. Soon the girl finds herself in the midst ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Fraker
Stars: Robert Shaw, Sally Kellerman, Mary Ure
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

It's a race against time for the police when they have to find a kidnapped boy imprisoned with a time bomb, after his abductor dies without revealing the child's whereabouts.

Director: Lance Comfort
Stars: John Gregson, Robert Shaw, Alec Clunes
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Branded a coward for surrendering his New Mexico fort to the Confederates without firing a shot, a Union colonel attempts to redeem himself by leading a band of condemned prisoners on a suicide mission to recapture it.

Director: Tonino Valerii
Stars: James Coburn, Telly Savalas, Bud Spencer
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An Ottawa police captain searches for the person who poisoned his sister, who was attending the university in Montreal. So desperate is he for revenge that he begin to use his own brutal ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto De Martino
Stars: Stuart Whitman, John Saxon, Martin Landau
Senza ragione (1973)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Terror and violence dominate this fast-paced film centering around a trackdown of jewel thieves, kidnappers and murderers

Director: Silvio Narizzano
Stars: Franco Nero, Telly Savalas, Mark Lester
Drama | Mystery | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

While investigating a high-profile murder case, a savvy but unorthodox veteran police inspector has to cope with a bad conscience, bad health, an overzealous partner, a timid superior and ... See full summary »

Director: Maximilian Schell
Stars: Jon Voight, Jacqueline Bisset, Martin Ritt
Pancho Villa (1972)
Biography | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa is double-crossed in an arms deal planned by his comrade Scotty. Villa and Scotty plot a raid on a U.S. cavalry fort in retaliation.

Director: Eugenio Martín
Stars: Telly Savalas, Clint Walker, Chuck Connors
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Sheila is a newspaper reporter who returns to her home town in order to write an article about the progress of the liberation of the women. Arriving at the town she is very surprised to see... See full summary »

Director: Jackie Cooper
Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Stella Stevens, Steve Lawrence
Swashbuckler (1976)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A pirate and a hot-tempered noblewoman join forces to protect Jamaica from a tyrant.

Director: James Goldstone
Stars: Robert Shaw, James Earl Jones, Peter Boyle
Clay Pigeon (1971)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An ex-soldier is recruited by the FBI to go undercover in L.A. and find other ex-soldiers who are part of a drug-dealing gang.

Directors: Lane Slate, Tom Stern
Stars: Tom Stern, Telly Savalas, Robert Vaughn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
The Priest
...
Alvira
...
Old blind man
...
The Colonel
Michael Craig ...
Paco
Dudley Sutton ...
Spectre
...
La Bomba
Paloma Cela ...
Paloma
...
Calebra
Maribel Hidalgo ...
La Perla
Cass Martin ...
Jose
...
Manuel
Francisco Marsó ...
Julio
John Clark ...
Quiet American
Edit

Storyline

In 1895, in a small town ravaged by the Mexican Revolution, the revolutionary leader Aguila and his men massacre the town's locals and the military garrison soldiers.Ten years later Aguila,now a reformed priest, sees a newly-arrived woman who is looking for those responsible for murdering her husband. The town is run by the corrupt Don Carlos who promises to help Alvira find those who killed her husband,in return for the gold reward Alvira is offering. Don Carlos has no idea where Aguila is or what Aguila looks like but he's prepared to do anything in order to collect the gold reward offered by Alvira. Everything is complicated by the sudden arrival of the Mexican Army led by a brutal Colonel whose face looks very familiar to the town priest. Written by nufs68

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

You're lucky to get out alive. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Town Called Hell  »

Box Office

Gross:

ESP 21,766,657 (Spain)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Michael Craig writes in his memoirs that his character scenes were shot a couple of months after the rest of the film was finished. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hells Bells Presents (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

La batalla de Nueva Orleans
By Jimmie Driftwood (as Jimmy Driftwood)
Performed by Sunny Ryder
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Incomprehensible but enjoyable western with Tinker out "Lovejoy".
4 December 2002 | by (West Midlands, England) – See all my reviews

An incredibly confusing collaboration between Spain and Great Britain, starring Robert Shaw, Stella Stevens and Martin Landau. Stevens is the widow who arrives in the town of Bastard out to get the man who murdered her husband; Shaw is the priest who clearly knows more about the murder than is prepared to let on; Landau is the Mexican army Colonel, intending to have the murderer executed in Mexico City. The only lead the hunters have is a single name: Aguila. That said, the plot is really difficult to follow and the film needs at least two viewings.

"A Town Called Hell" contains some good, tense moments and striking images: Stella Stevens sleeping in a coffin, driven in a hearse through the Spanish desert by Dudley Sutton (Tinker from the BBC's "Lovejoy"). As with most foreign westerns, the dubbing is atrocious and there are some laughably awful moments - a dead soldier, killed with barbed wire, takes a few steps as the wire fence is pushed to the ground. The script is, unusually, quite intelligent with many possibilities, unexplored themes and good ideas. The relationship between Shaw and Landau is both well written and well played out. The music is simple but effective, especially the religious tones in the scenes with Shaw in the church.

Overall, the complexities of the plot aside, the film is very good. With strong performances from Shaw and Landau, it holds interest and is well paced by the director - and any film starring Telly Savalas (killed off early on here) as a Mexican bandit can't be all bad...


6 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss A Town Called Hell (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?