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His Name Was King (1971)

Lo chiamavano King (original title)
A bounty hunter tracks a vicious gang of gunrunners across the border into Mexico.


Giancarlo Romitelli (as Don Reynolds)


Renato Savino (story), Renato Savino (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harrison ... John 'King' Marley
Anne Puskin Anne Puskin ... Carol Marley
Goffredo Unger ... Ben Benson (as John Silver)
Lorenzo Fineschi Lorenzo Fineschi ... A Benson brother
Lucio Zarini Lucio Zarini ... A Benson brother
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy ... Major Ericson
Giuseppe Monteverdi Giuseppe Monteverdi
John Bartha ... Sheriff Roberts
Federico Boido ... Sam Benson (as Rick Boyd)
Paolo Magalotti Paolo Magalotti ... Sergeant with binoculars
Ada Pometti Ada Pometti ... Mexican girl with braids
Giorgio Dolfin Giorgio Dolfin ... Smuggler with Gatlin gun
Luciano Pigozzi ... Mr. Collins
Marco Zuanelli ... Pepe Mestas
Vassili Karis Vassili Karis ... One of Foster's deputies


A bounty hunter tracks a vicious gang of gunrunners across the border into Mexico.

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Body count: 50. See more »


Brian Foster: In the name of the law, I declare you under arrest...
John 'King' Marley: In the name of what law...?... yours...?
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Referenced in Red Dead Revolver (2004) See more »


His Name was King
Sung by Ann Collin
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His Name is Ninja Master King
17 May 2016 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Don't be fooled by that top billing Klaus Kinski here! He's 'doing a Kinski', which is a term I made up for a top name actor who turns up on a film set, films a few scenes, then goes off to the pub with the cash. Kinski appears to be slightly more involved in the action here, but he's not around much. Better examples of him 'doing a kinski' are Footprints on the Moon, Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe and If You Meet Sartana, Pray For Death (really badly spliced Klaus footage in that one). You could also call it 'doing a Palance' as Jack does the same thing in The Happy and Short Life of the Brothers Blue and It Can Be Done Amigo. And John Ireland in 'Run Man Run'.

No, the real star of the show here is Richard Harrison (and his moustache), now I was as surprised as anyone to find out Harrison (and his tache) had a career outside of the multi-Oscar winning Ninja Terminator, the much lauded Golden Ninja Warrior (first five minutes) and the awesome Majestic Thunderbolt (which of course led to a children's animated series), but here he is! He's a called King and some bad dudes smuggling machines guns to the Mexicans have gone and killed his brother. Granted, King killed one of them first, but…I dunno.

So King's out to get vengeance, supported by his pal Kinski, who basically stays in one place throughout the film and doesn't interact much with Harrison. Harrison however goes around getting into various gun fights with the baddies, getting captured and such like. There's a distinct misogynist tone to this film with two rapes and the Mexicans pimping out their sisters to the bad guys.

Harrison ain't much of an actor. In fact, I've barely seen him do more than raise his eyebrows, but he is a good action star so it's fun to watch him taking on all these bad guys. He doesn't chase after a guy and brain him with a baseball bat while wearing roller skates like Majestic Thunderbolt, but you can't have it all.

Short film too!

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Release Date:

18 May 1971 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Elios Film, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Production Co:

Foro Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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