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Bad Man's River (1971)

El hombre de Río Malo (original title)
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.

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Roy King
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Alicia
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Angel Santos (as Simon Andreu)
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Dolores
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Ed Pace (as John Garko)
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Canales
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Tom Odie
Daniel Martín ...
False Montero
Luis Rivera ...
Orozco
Lone Fleming ...
Conchita (as Lone Ferk)
Eduardo Fajardo ...
General Duarte
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Colonel Enrique Fierro
José Manuel Martín ...
Mexican Soldier (as Jose Manuel Martin)
Francisco Nieto
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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.

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The gang, the rebels, the army. She sold them all down BAD MAN'S RIVER (UK poster) See more »

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James Mason was not too impressed with the final result. In an interview he said, "When shooting a western in Spain, one should not say to oneself, 'Never mind, no one is going to see it,' because that will be just the film that the Rank Organisation will choose to release in England!". See more »

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Colonel Fierro: Are you afraid of the dark, my dear?
Montero: The only thing she is afraid of is poverty.
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Referenced in 800 Bullets (2002) See more »

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Not that bad, but nothing great either.
11 September 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Lee Van Cleef, typically amusing, is cast as bandit Roy King, leader of a gang that also includes Angel Santos (Simon Andreu), Ed Pace (Gianni Garko), and Tom Odie (Jess Hahn). Roy makes the acquaintance of the devilish Alicia (Gina Lollobrigida), who's hatched a scheme with her fellow criminal Francisco Paco Montero to dupe the Mexican government out of a cool $1 million. But before that can happen, they fall into the clutches of revolutionaries (this tale takes place during the Mexican Revolution) and are forced to deal with them.

As written by director Eugenio Martin ("Horror Express") and Hollywood veteran Philip Yordan ("Johnny Guitar", "El Cid"), this is a rather lightweight, forgettable Euro Western- comedy. While it's always nice to see the leading actors in anything, they've certainly been better utilized before and after. In the beginning, the movie is decidedly annoying, with too many dopey songs and Martin overdoing it on use of freeze frames. While it's appreciable that Martin and Yordan were going for irreverence, they make things just a little too silly.

Adequate action sequences help, and the filmmaking is technically fairly slick. There are some fun gags, especially right at the start when two men are inside a bank vault.

Lollobrigida and her co-star Diana Lorys are fine scenery attractions, and the former plays such a conniving character that she helps to keep things interesting. The movie doesn't really hit its stride until James Mason shows up. (For fans of the actor, be warned that almost an hour is over until he does.) It's a treat to see him in this kind of setting, and he gives the story a real shot in the arm.

The exemplary cast of familiar faces also includes Aldo Sambrell, Lone Fleming, Eduardo Fajardo, and Sergio Fantoni.

Admittedly, if one is looking for a Lee Van Cleef fix, they could do a lot better than this, but "Bad Man's River" delivers some undemanding fun for 92 minutes.

Six out of 10.


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