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A Man Called Blade (1977)
"Mannaja" (original title)

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A bounty hunter arrives in a mining town and is hired to track down the missing daughter of the town's crippled mayor and learns she has been kidnapped by the mayor's corrupt right-hand-man and a band of outlaws he is secretly working for.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maurizio Merli ...
Mannaja
John Steiner ...
Valler
Sonja Jeannine ...
Deborah McGowan (as Sonya Jeannine)
Donald O'Brien ...
Burt Craven
Salvatore Puntillo ...
Johnny Johnny - the impresario
Antonio Casale ...
Dorman - bandits' head (as Nino Casale)
Enzo Fiermonte ...
The government Envoy
Rik Battaglia ...
Gerald Merton - Mannaja's father (as Rick Battaglia)
Aldo Rendine ...
The Fat Passenger in the Stagecoach
Sergio Tardioli ...
The Saloon Barman
Sofia Lombardo ...
Mannaja's Mother (as Sophia Lombardo)
Philippe Leroy ...
McGowan
Martine Brochard ...
Angela
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Arriving in the mining town Suttonville, after claiming the bounty of a outlaw known as Burt Craven, a bounty hunter named Blade (armed with a hatchet instead of a gun) is hired by the town's wheelchair bound mayor McGowan and his corrupt associate Voller to track down McGowan's daughter Debra who has gone missing. Blade is unaware that Voller kidnapped Debra and is secretly working for a group of outlaws who are looting shipment of silver from the silver mines that are run the mine owner McGregor. Caught up in Suttonville's affairs, Blade not only has Voller and the outlaws to deal with, he also goes to settle a score with McGowan (who was responsible for the death of Blade's father) and takes on Voller and his gang who are out to gun him down. Written by Daniel Williamson

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13 August 1977 (Italy)  »

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Mannaja is Italian for "Hatchet" (Blade's weapon of choice). See more »

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References Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »

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An excellent knock-off of "Keoma"
11 March 2003 | by (Menifee, California) – See all my reviews

In the early 70s, Spaghetti Westerns were going through a dry spell. Countless crappy parody films had flooded the market and strangled the life out of the genre. Then Italian crime maestro and occasional Spaghetti director Enzo G. Castellari came along and directed the psychedelic, action-packed masterpiece "Keoma". Gone was the cynicism and nihilism that seperated early Spaghettis from American Westerns. Instead there was an injection of emotion. The silent hero of the past was now a heartfelt warrior who wasn't above crying in between bouts of ass-kicking. Needless to say, it revived the genre briefly and led to a few knock-offs. "Mannaja" is probably the most obvious with it's similar visual style and music score, but Sergio Martino's keen visual sense (though not as good as Castellari's) and Maurizio Merli's excellent performance allow the film to stand on it's own two legs. There's a lot of well-staged slow motion shootouts and a fistfight in the mud here and there, along with an interesting if not compelling plotline. All in all, this is a great knock-off that has just enough originality to be a good stand-alone piece. Recommended.


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