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A Man Called Blade (1977)

Mannaja (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 13 August 1977 (Italy)
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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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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Mannaja is Italian for "Hatchet" (Blade's weapon of choice). See more »

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Deborah McGowan: [Deborah is playing on her piano. Deborah feels a cold draft and gets up and closes the window. She startled to see Blade sitting on a chair in the room] Who are you? What do you want here?
Mannaja: A lot of people have been asking me that lately. Where is your father?
Edward M. McGowan: [McGowan cocks his gun] Stay right where you are! Get your hands up, son.
Edward M. McGowan: [Blade raises his hands in the air. Blade has a flashblack of a tree collapsing] Put your hands up to your hat. Deborah, I will handle this.
Mannaja: [Blade grabs Deborah] It ...
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References Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »

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Snake
Written by Guido De Angelis & Fabrizio De Angelis
Performed by Cesare De Natale (as Dandylion)
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Not a great deal of originality, but still a brilliantly entertaining western!
9 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

Sergio Martino is one of my favourite directors, and the reason for that is mostly down to his excellent Giallo films. While Martino did a lot of work in other genres, he was not especially well known for his westerns despite making a handful of them. A Man Called Blade is the last western that Martino made and also the only one I've seen. However, on the evidence of this film; I have to say that he makes a fine western! The film did come rather late on in the Spaghetti Western cycle and as such won't be remembered for it's originality, but A Man Called Blade is entertaining throughout and that's the main thing. The film takes up the common basic western plot of a nameless man drifting into town and causing a stir. The man is named Blade, called such because his choice of basic weapon is a hatchet instead of a revolver. He arrives in town looking to claim the bounty for an outlaw but winds up getting involved with the town's wheelchair bound mayor and his corrupt associates. Naturally, the outlaw ends up causing a disagreement and fighting ensues!

I didn't know a lot about this film going into it, but was very pleased when I discovered that Maurizio Merli was the leading man. He's an actor I know best for his roles in crime films, and although a lot of his stuff is quite similar; I have noticed over the more recent Merli films that I've seen that the actor does actually have quite a good range, and he fits into the gritty western star mould very well indeed here. Westerns are often best remembered for their scores, and indeed the music here is very memorable, although more because it's so unusual compared to what I'm used to from westerns! Action is a very important element of a successful western and this film doesn't let its audience down on that front as we get a constant stream of it which entertains throughout. Martino delivers fistfights and gun fights in droves. The locations used are excellent and the film does have a rather dirty feel, despite the cinematography being crisp and clear. The biggest flaw of the film as far as I'm concerned is the fact that there isn't all that much to separate it from the rest of the genre; but if you're just looking for an entertaining western, you can't go far wrong with this one!


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