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


Certificate:

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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

Albert Band directed part of this film, uncredited. See more »

Quotes

Jonas: Ben, go into Denton. Try to find a durable, respectful female. This time one that doesn't booze.
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References The Tramplers (1965) See more »

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route to the truth
14 July 2016 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

a special western. because the classic ingredients of genre are only details. because the theme of illusory dream becomes, scene by scene, more dramatic and complex. at the first sigh - the film of Joseph Cotten proposing an ambiguous hero. in fact, few interesting performances - Norma Bengell and Julian Mateos are the most easy to name - , a story who is far to be predictable, a powerful end who has the mark of period but who transforms entire story in a kind of parable. a film who is different by basic expectations. and that fact does it special. because it has not exactly genre apart, the theme is more profound by fights, love stories and line between good and bad guy, the meetings with different people, from the original sin to the desire of justice of the Indians , the memorable performance of All Mulock as the beggar, are steps to the verdict of viewer. a waste trip, madness of lost cause, justice or simply destiny. a film with many touching scenes. and with an useful message.


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