MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,617 this week

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

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Drama  |  1972 (USA)
4.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.8/10 from 381 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 4 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...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 256 titles
created 26 Mar 2011
 
a list of 388 titles
created 10 Mar 2012
 
a list of 62 titles
created 31 May 2014
 
a list of 8104 titles
created 19 Jun 2014
 
a list of 7 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 4.8/10

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... 

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
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 | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jerry Barker finds a lost boy whose rich father is extorted into paying a ransom for his return but the boy accidentally dies and Jerry goes to prison.

Director: Howard W. Koch
Stars: Broderick Crawford, Ralph Meeker, Reed Hadley
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The uptight and dumb small time thief Nick Robey and his partner and only friend Al Molin steal $10,000.00 from a man, but the heist goes wrong. Al Molin is killed by a policeman and Nick ... See full summary »

Director: John Berry
Stars: John Garfield, Shelley Winters, Wallace Ford
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
Certificate: M Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two crooks are hired to rob an eccentric old lady's estate, but once they get to know her, they can't bring themselves to do it.

Director: Jim O'Connolly
Stars: Telly Savalas, Edith Evans, Warren Oates
Land Raiders (1969)
Certificate: M Action | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An outlaw committing a string of robberies and murders manages to blame the crimes on Apaches, bringing about an Indian war.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Telly Savalas, George Maharis, Arlene Dahl
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 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
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
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Robber Roy King loses his wife, Alicia, to revolutionary Montero. Despite their rivalry they collaborate in an attempt to rob the Mexican government of one million dollars.

Director: Eugenio Martín
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, James Mason, Gina Lollobrigida
Storm Fear (1955)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Bank robber Cornel Wilde, after being wounded by a bullet, seeks shelter with his gang at his brother's mountain retreat. There he rekindles his romance with his brother's wife, and reconnects with the boy he believes is his son.

Director: Cornel Wilde
Stars: Jean Wallace, Cornel Wilde, Dan Duryea
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When a US intelligence agent is unable to bring a ruthless drug baron to justice, he resorts to hiring a contract killer. But the man he is put in contact with turns out to be an old friend.

Director: Robert Parrish
Stars: Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn, James Mason
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Don Carlos
...
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:

They called it HELL ... They called it VIOLENT and EVIL! 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

 
Who In Hell Is Aguila?
26 September 2009 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

That's the question viewers continually ask themselves while watching A Town Called Hell.

Mexican Colonel Martin Landau wants Aguila captured, while former revolutionary Robert Shaw, now a priest knows what Aguila looks like but he's not telling and Stella Stevens thinks Aguila may have murdered her husband (when not lying in a coffin, pretending to be a corpse!), offering twenty thousand dollars to the person who points him out.

Macho posturing, a great all-star cast including Telly Savalas as the towns sleazy mayor, and strong visuals are all wasted on a confusing script and bad editing in this wannabe spaghetti western made by British filmmakers in Spain and set during the Mexican Revolution.

Everything's cleared up in the film's weird final scene, but by that time the viewer is so mentally exhausted as to no longer care! However, I'll grudgingly recommend this strictly for the action sequences and an odd dance-hall scene featuring a soundalike cover version of Johnny Horton's hit song "The Battle Of New Orleans", featuring a few verses I've never heard before!


1 of 1 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:
?