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13 August 1977 (Italy) See more »
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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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)

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)
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
Luciano De Ambrosis .... voice dubbing: John Steiner (uncredited)
Vittoria Febbi .... voice dubbing: Martine Brochard (uncredited)
Sergio Fiorentini .... voice dubbing: Enzo Fiermonte (uncredited)
Michele Gammino .... voice dubbing: Antonio Casale (uncredited)
Pino Locchi .... voice dubbing: Maurizio Merli (uncredited)
Renato Mori .... voice dubbing: Donald O'Brien (uncredited)
Giorgio Piazza .... voice dubbing: Philippe Leroy (uncredited)
Serena Verdirosi .... voice dubbing: Sonja Jeannine (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Mannaja" - Italy (original title)
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Brazil:101 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »

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John Steiner was cast as the antagonist Voller because he had the face of a villain.See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A Spaghetti Western Classic!, 18 January 2003
Author: kinlan79 from USA

I found this film to be quite inspirational, actually. The movie is about a man who wields a blade for a weapon in fending off the bad guys while rescuing the girl from the evil villain, Voller (brilliantly played by John Steiner). At the beginning of the film we find our rogue hero Blade (played by Maurizio Merli) chasing after a man through the misty swamps. The man looks behind him frantically several times to try to make out the figure of his pursuer. Suddenly there is a swishing noise in the air as a hatchet blade strikes the man, severing his right hand against a tree. Thus begins the tale, and follows our hero into a virtual ghost town, where "sin and vice are not permitted." He enters a saloon where he and his new companion (the man with the severed hand) receive several shifty-eyed glances. This is when Blade first meets the dastardly Voller and wagers a gamble playing cards, to which of course our hero wins. The filming technique used throughout this scene is truly classic, where some shots show a profile of the villain on one side of the screen, with Blade standing in the background. The character acting is superb. I cannot speak enough about how Steiner personifies the classic old west villain to a "T". His snide mannerisms and long, lean stature lend to his overall character appeal. Throughout this film, there is plenty of splendid gunfighting and even a particularly notable scene in which Blade dukes it out with Voller and three of his henchmen in the mud. Yes, the actor actually does 90% of these stunts (as I later found out watching the director interview on DVD)! The director, Sergio Martino, could not have directed a more well-scripted film, complete with all the elements of a traditional spaghetti western! I give this film 3 out of 4 stars, mainly for its overall character appeal and for the simple fact that it's a 70's flick! 'Nuff said...

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