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

 -  Action | Comedy | Drama  -  1972 (USA)
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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.

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

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A Town Called Hell  »

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ESP 21,766,657 (Spain)
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Michael Craig is dubbed by Robert Rietty. See more »

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El Águila
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"Then let me welcome you to Bastardo"
23 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When I see a late night film with 'bastard' in the title, I'm inclined to tape it and find out what it's about. (I've taped this twice and lost both, found it on DVD, seem to have lost that too). Yes it was listed as "A Town Called Bastard" by the BBC.

If you're one of those people who think a good Western needs Mexicans (e.g. The Wild Bunch) this has plenty: sombreros, moustaches, guns, tortilla-preparation, cruel laughter etc. A lot of these Mexicans die, perhaps somewhat gratuitously. So if you like guns and death in sunny Mexico, and you'd like to see Telly Savalas as the Mayor of a town called Bastardo - you'll love this.

e.g. "Who killed my husband?" demands the pale blonde: cue an old woman to shout the name from a high building - gun out, excellent shot (like shooting ducks at a fairground), another one bites the hot dry dust...

The rest has already been well covered by other user comments, worth watching if this is your sort of thing.


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