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A Town Called Hell (1971)

A Town Called Bastard (original title)
R | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 1972 (USA)
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 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
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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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 »


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Michael Craig is dubbed by Robert Rietty. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, although not seen Dudley Sutton shoots Robert Shaw. 5 shots are heard in quick succession but Dudley is armed only with a double barreled shot gun. See more »

Alternate Versions

German VHS version was cut by approx. 12 minutes. See more »

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La batalla de Nueva Orleans
By Jimmie Driftwood (as Jimmy Driftwood)
Performed by Sunny Ryder
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Incomprehensible but enjoyable western with Tinker out "Lovejoy".
4 December 2002 | by johnwaynefreakSee all my reviews

An incredibly confusing collaboration between Spain and Great Britain, starring Robert Shaw, Stella Stevens and Martin Landau. Stevens is the widow who arrives in the town of Bastard out to get the man who murdered her husband; Shaw is the priest who clearly knows more about the murder than is prepared to let on; Landau is the Mexican army Colonel, intending to have the murderer executed in Mexico City. The only lead the hunters have is a single name: Aguila. That said, the plot is really difficult to follow and the film needs at least two viewings.

"A Town Called Hell" contains some good, tense moments and striking images: Stella Stevens sleeping in a coffin, driven in a hearse through the Spanish desert by Dudley Sutton (Tinker from the BBC's "Lovejoy"). As with most foreign westerns, the dubbing is atrocious and there are some laughably awful moments - a dead soldier, killed with barbed wire, takes a few steps as the wire fence is pushed to the ground. The script is, unusually, quite intelligent with many possibilities, unexplored themes and good ideas. The relationship between Shaw and Landau is both well written and well played out. The music is simple but effective, especially the religious tones in the scenes with Shaw in the church.

Overall, the complexities of the plot aside, the film is very good. With strong performances from Shaw and Landau, it holds interest and is well paced by the director - and any film starring Telly Savalas (killed off early on here) as a Mexican bandit can't be all bad...


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