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A Town Called Hell (1971)

A Town Called Bastard (original title)
A group of Mexican revolutionaries murders a town priest and a number of his christian followers. Ten years later, a widow arrives in town intent to take revenge from her husband's killers.

Directors:

Robert Parrish, Irving Lerner (uncredited)

Writers:

Richard Aubrey (screenplay), Richard Aubrey (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Telly Savalas ... Don Carlos
Robert Shaw ... The Priest
Stella Stevens ... Alvira
Fernando Rey ... Old blind man
Martin Landau ... The Colonel
Michael Craig ... Paco
Dudley Sutton ... Spectre
Al Lettieri ... La Bomba
Paloma Cela Paloma Cela ... Paloma
Aldo Sambrell ... Calebra
Maribel Hidalgo ... La Perla
Cass Martin Cass Martin ... Jose
Antonio Mayans ... Manuel
Francisco Marsó Francisco Marsó ... Julio
John Clark John Clark ... Quiet American
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Storyline

In 1895, in a small town ravaged by the Mexican Revolution, the revolutionary leader Aguila and his men massacre the town's locals and the military garrison soldiers.Ten years later Aguila,now a reformed priest, sees a newly-arrived woman who is looking for those responsible for murdering her husband. The town is run by the corrupt Don Carlos who promises to help Alvira find those who killed her husband,in return for the gold reward Alvira is offering. Don Carlos has no idea where Aguila is or what Aguila looks like but he's prepared to do anything in order to collect the gold reward offered by Alvira. Everything is complicated by the sudden arrival of the Mexican Army led by a brutal Colonel whose face looks very familiar to the town priest. Written by nufs68

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They called it HELL ... They called it VIOLENT and EVIL! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

UK | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Town Called Hell See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Craig is dubbed by Robert Rietty. See more »

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Referenced in High Plains Drifter (1973) See more »

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El Águila
Composed by Waldo de los Ríos
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Right look and feel, but wrong script
25 August 2017 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

This isn't a spaghetti western as some people have labeled it to be, seeing that there was no Italian involvement. Instead, it was a co-production between the United Kingdom and Spain. However, it all the same looks and feels just like a spaghetti western despite having an American (Robert Parrish) in the director's chair. Parrish certainly gives the movie a nice gritty feeling. Unfortunately, he seems unable to do much with the script. The story starts off making a reasonable amount of sense, but eventually starts to get very confusing thanks to the multiple characters and the various twists and turns. It doesn't help that a lot of the dialogue is poorly recorded, making it hard at times to figure out what the characters are saying. In the end, the movie becomes somewhat boring due to the confusion, as well as the fact that there is a lot less action than you might think. It also wastes a very interesting cast, who all seem to know they are stuck in a lesser movie and give half-hearted performances as a result.


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