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The Cruel Ones (1967)

I crudeli (original title)
An ex-Confederate and his sons plan to use stolen money as a way to revive the Confederacy.

Director:

Sergio Corbucci

Writers:

Albert Band (story), Ugo Liberatore (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Cotten ... Colonel Jonas
Norma Bengell ... Claire
Julián Mateos ... Ben (as Julian Mateos)
Gino Pernice ... Jeff
Ángel Aranda ... Nat (as Angel Aranda)
Claudio Gora ... Reverand Pierce
María Martín ... Kitty (as Maria Martin)
Ennio Girolami ... Lieutenant Soublette (as Enio Girolami)
Julio Peña ... Sergeant Tolt (as Julio Pena)
José Nieto ... The Sheriff (as Jose Nieto)
Claudio Scarchilli Claudio Scarchilli ... Indian Chief
Álvaro de Luna ... Bixby (as Alvaro De Luna)
Rafael Vaquero Rafael Vaquero ... Mexican Bandit
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ... Gambler in Denton Saloon (as Ivan Scratuglia)
José Canalejas ... Mexican Bandit (as Jose Canalejas)
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Storyline

The Civil War has ended, but not for Jonas, a ruthless Confederate officer who wants to continue the fight by reorganizing Confederate troops in the Southwest with the support of a large sum of stolen money. He devises an elaborate ruse to allow his small party to travel with minimal scrutiny through hostile territory, for the money is hidden in a coffin said to contain the body of his dead son. Jonas' other sons travel with him along with a hired "widow", as they proceed to what they hope to be a new start to the War between the States. However, while en route, they face severe, ongoing strife among themselves and successive threats from Union soldiers, a posse of cowboys, and an Indian war party. Written by Charles Delacroix

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Taglines:

The Deadliest Convoy That Ever Gunned Its Way Across The West! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

June 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellbenders See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberche, Madrid, Spain See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Alba Cinematografica,Tecisa See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Selected by Quentin Tarantino for the First Quentin Tarantino Film Fest in Austin, TX, 1996. See more »

Quotes

Jonas: We'll find another widow. Take her away and bury her... Deep... bring back her clothes.
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Referenced in The Spaghetti West (2005) See more »

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Who is hero and who is villain, depends on who's the viewer.
7 May 2003 | by Cimmerian_DragonSee all my reviews

This film (which I saw as "The Hellbenders") is not much like the average western. As you watch, it is not easy to decide if we are supposed to be rooting for or against the main characters. Even when it becomes apparent which side of the good/evil line most of them stand on, Jonas (the real focus of the story) remains in a grey area. In the end, wether he is a hero or villain depends on the ideals of the audience. That is what I found most refreshing about this film. It lets you make up your own mind, rather than forcing one opinion of what is virtuous on you.


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