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13 August 1977 (Italy) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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An excellent knock-off of "Keoma" See more (20 total) »

Cast

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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Enzo Maggio
Nick Alexander ... Dorman - Bandits' Head (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Domenico Cianfriglia ... Valler's Man (uncredited)
Alberto Dell'Acqua ... Valler's Man (uncredited)
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua ... Rioting Miner (uncredited)
Bruno Di Luia ... Stagecoach Guard (uncredited)

Michael Forest ... Blade (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Nello Pazzafini ... Valler's Man (uncredited)
Riccardo Petrazzi ... Valler's Man (uncredited)
Claudio Ruffini ... Valler's Man with Whip (uncredited)
Franco Ukmar ... Valler's Man (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Valler's Man (voice: English version) (uncredited)
José Yepes ... Valler's Man (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sergio Martino 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sergio Martino 
Sauro Scavolini 

Produced by
Luciano Martino .... producer
 
Original Music by
Guido De Angelis 
Maurizio De Angelis 
 
Cinematography by
Federico Zanni 
 
Film Editing by
Eugenio Alabiso 
 
Production Design by
Giacomo Calò Carducci 
 
Costume Design by
Marisa Crimi 
 
Makeup Department
Mirella Ginnoto .... hair stylist
Dante Trani .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Pietro Innocenzi .... production manager
Furio Rocchi .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Massimo Manasse .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Adriano Tiberi .... property master
 
Sound Department
Raffaele De Luca .... sound
Bruno Moreal .... sound mixer
Stefano Piermarioli .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Dino Galiano .... special effects (as Cataldo Galliano)
 
Stunts
Riccardo Petrazzi .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alberto Anzellotti .... key grip
Roberto Belli .... gaffer
Sebastiano Celeste .... camera operator
Giorgio Garibaldi Schwarze .... still photographer (as Baldi Schwarze)
Mario Pastorini .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Luisa Buratti .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
Sante Discepoli .... assistant editor
Giuseppe Romano .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Evi Farinelli .... production secretary
Mirella Malatesta .... publicity secretary
Luigi Padovani .... riding master
Riccardo Petrazzi .... weapons master
 

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Also Known As:
"Mannaja" - Italy (original title)
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Brazil:101 min
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Sergio Martino cited Sam Peckinpah as an major inspiration for his skills as a director and behind "Mannaja", for the edited scenes where the dancing sequence and the death sequence are intercut.See more »
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References A Fistful of Dollars (1964)See more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
An excellent knock-off of "Keoma", 11 March 2003
Author: Samoan Bob from Menifee, California

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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