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A Man Called Blade (1977)

Mannaja (original title)
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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Complete credited cast:
Maurizio Merli ...
Mannaja
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Valler
Sonja Jeannine ...
Deborah McGowan
Donald O'Brien ...
Burt Craven
Salvatore Puntillo ...
Johnny Johnny, Impresario
Antonio Casale ...
Dahlman (as Nino Casale)
Enzo Fiermonte ...
Government Agent
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Gerald Merton (as Rick Battaglia)
Aldo Rendine ...
Stagecoach Traveller
Enzo Maggio ...
Oldtimer
Sergio Tardioli ...
Saloon Barman
Sofia Lombardo ...
Lucy Merton (as Sophia Lombardo)
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Edward M. McGowan
Martine Brochard ...
Angela
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Storyline

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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Sharp shoots, gun and axe with great accuracy!


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13 August 1977 (Italy)  »

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A Man Called Blade  »

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Blade (1998) which Wesley Snipes stars as a vampire hunter whom hunts down and slay vampires as he seeks to avenge his mother is not a remake of Mannaja (1977). However, Blade is a bounty hunter and he seeks to avenge his father. See more »

Quotes

Woman in Saloon.: Hey, Buckaroo! Hey, mountain boy! How about offering me a little whiskey?
Burt Craven: [Craven shows her his steel hook] Don't you like it? Well, I wasn't born with this goddamn hook. Some son of a bitch hacked it off with a hatchet.
Saloon Barman: Hey! I remember you came in here with a man called Blade. I think Blade won't be chopping off people's hands anymore.
Burt Craven: Oh! yeah? Well, Blade is alive and is as mean as ever. And he's gonna be back here looking for blood.
Valler Henchman: And where is he?
Burt Craven: Right now, he is like a wounded animal. ...
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References Keoma (1976) See more »

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Wolf
Written by Guido De Angelis & Fabrizio De Angelis
Performed by Cesare De Natale (as Dandylion)
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Entertaining Latter Spaghetti Western
10 September 2009 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

Although very much late in the game for an Italian western, (the bulk of which were made between 1965 and 1972) Mannaja (A Man Called Blade) is no slouch. It's actually a good muscular western with lots of violence and dark atmosphere, with the sun blocked out and everything bathed in a fog of dust.

Maurizio Merli plays Blade, a mysterious hatchet wielding bounty hunter with unfinished business to take care of regarding a puritanical mine owner and his psychotic number two, played by John Steiner, who's excellent at portraying nasty weasels.

Also memorable is (the late?) Donal O'Brien, who would later gain infamy as the title character in Doctor Butcher M.D. (Medical Deviate), as a scroungy fugitive who gets his hand cut off by Blade in the first scene and features prominently in the film's finale.

Director Sergio Martino is a master of Italian exploitation and really knows how to deliver the goods, especially in action/adventures. Another of his films I really enjoyed was Slave Of The Cannibal God with Ursula Andress and Stacy Keach.

Also, I really enjoyed the title song even though it was repeated way too often in the course of the film.


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