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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 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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Vengeance's fire is raging. See more »


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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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Michael Craig writes in his memoirs that his character scenes were shot a couple of months after the rest of the film was finished. See more »

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

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Referenced in High Plains Drifter (1973) 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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Who In Hell Is Aguila?
26 September 2009 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

That's the question viewers continually ask themselves while watching A Town Called Hell.

Mexican Colonel Martin Landau wants Aguila captured, while former revolutionary Robert Shaw, now a priest knows what Aguila looks like but he's not telling and Stella Stevens thinks Aguila may have murdered her husband (when not lying in a coffin, pretending to be a corpse!), offering twenty thousand dollars to the person who points him out.

Macho posturing, a great all-star cast including Telly Savalas as the towns sleazy mayor, and strong visuals are all wasted on a confusing script and bad editing in this wannabe spaghetti western made by British filmmakers in Spain and set during the Mexican Revolution.

Everything's cleared up in the film's weird final scene, but by that time the viewer is so mentally exhausted as to no longer care! However, I'll grudgingly recommend this strictly for the action sequences and an odd dance-hall scene featuring a soundalike cover version of Johnny Horton's hit song "The Battle Of New Orleans", featuring a few verses I've never heard before!


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