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Hell Hounds of Alaska (1973)

Die blutigen Geier von Alaska (original title)
A fur-trapper battles the elements and robbers when a gold shipment is ambushed - leaving a boy in urgent need of medical attention.

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(as Johannes Weiss)
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Don Rutland (as Doug Mc Clure)
Harald Leipnitz ...
Mark Monty
Angelica Ott ...
Betty
Roberto Blanco ...
Ham-A-Ham
Kristina Nel ...
Rose Cotton
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Lapporte
Kurt Bülau ...
Sanders
Ivan Stimac ...
Billy Sanders
Miha Baloh ...
Buffins
Fahro Konjhodzic ...
(as Fabro Konjhodzic)
Branko Spoljar ...
Doc
Vladimir Krstulovic
Mirko Boman ...
Shat (as Mirko Roman)
Ilija Ivezic ...
Frank Fox (as Ilija Ivozic)
Voyo Goric ...
Achua-hua (as Vojo Govedarica)
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A fur-trapper battles the elements and robbers when a gold shipment is ambushed - leaving a boy in urgent need of medical attention.

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Adventure | Western

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16 October 1973 (West Germany)  »

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Fight for Gold  »

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Austrian-shot German western
25 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

HELLHOUNDS OF ALASKA is a German western shot in the Austrian alps, featuring a performance from likable American leading man Doug McClure. The best thing about it is its look, which is achieved thanks to the presence of Austrian director Harald Reinl, who directed tons of cult and classic German movies during the 1960s (including krimi, the famous Winnetou series, and the horror classic THE TORTURE CHAMBER OF DR. SADISM).

The story - written by Kurt Nachmann, who seemed to have plenty of experience writing sex comedies and dramas - is probably the worst thing about this. It tells an entirely predictable tale about some ruthless gold robbers who think nothing of committing murder and who occupy some prominent positions in the local town. When a fur trapped outsider (McClure) falls into the mix, he's naturally suspected of being the robber, so he must fight to clear his name.

HELLHOUNDS OF ALASKA sounds like a Jack London type adaptation but the only hound in it is an Alsatian, a loyal companion of our hero. I'm guessing the term "hellhounds" refers figuratively to the bad guys. McClure has never looked more rugged as the leading man, but the supporting cast is largely forgettable and the film is saddled with an annoying kid, which is a pity. Still, Reinl stages some good moments, such as a vicious encounter with an eagle and a lengthy, chase-focused climax.


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