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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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A coffin without a corpse... Crammed with millions in cash! 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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Albert Band directed part of this film, uncredited. See more »

Quotes

Ben: Maybe she is a cheat, but she's still a woman, and a mighty pretty one at that.
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Referenced in The Spaghetti West (2005) See more »

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Corbucci on the Road
29 April 2005 | by cengelmSee all my reviews

After the Civil War a dedicated ex-Confederate officer leads a hearse with a coffin full of money to New Mexico where he wants to revive the Confederation. His company is formed by his three very different sons and an alcoholic women. After the woman gets killed she is replaced by a seasoned female gambler who is well played by Norma Bengell. The whole story unfolds in the way of a road movie where the characters are passing through the typical obstacles of a Western environment. Due to a massacre the bunch committed in the beginning they are hunted by unionists and government officials. Corbucci manages to make the characters who are basically all criminals very likable and I was more often than not at the edge of my seat when the bunch run into trouble. Probably THE WILD BUNCH from Peckinpah got some inspirations from here and Corbucci's COMPAÑEROS can be considered a later variant with a different mood.

The mood of the film is excellently supported by Morricone's score which belongs to his best. Cinematography is above average. The Spaghetti Western Web Board rated this film at #24 of all SW in 2005.

7 / 10


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