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Bad Man's River (1971)

El hombre de Río Malo (original title)
Robber Roy King loses his wife, Alicia, to revolutionary Montero. Despite their rivalry they collaborate in an attempt to rob the Mexican government of one million dollars.

Director:

Eugenio Martín (as Gene Martin)

Writers:

Philip Yordan (screenplay), Eugenio Martín (screenplay) (as Eugenio Martin)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Van Cleef ... Roy King
James Mason ... Francisco Paco Montero
Gina Lollobrigida ... Alicia
Simón Andreu ... Angel Santos (as Simon Andreu)
Diana Lorys ... Dolores
Gianni Garko ... Ed Pace (as John Garko)
Aldo Sambrell ... Canales
Jess Hahn ... Tom Odie
Daniel Martín ... False Montero
Luis Rivera Luis Rivera ... Orozco
Lone Fleming ... Conchita (as Lone Ferk)
Eduardo Fajardo ... General Duarte
Sergio Fantoni ... Colonel Enrique Fierro
José Manuel Martín José Manuel Martín ... Mexican Soldier (as Jose Manuel Martin)
Francisco Nieto Francisco Nieto
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Storyline

After Roy King's gang robs a train, the men split the loot and part ways. Unfortunately for Roy, he meets and falls in-love with beautiful temptress Alicia who agrees to marry him. However, she manages to double-cross Roy and run away with his loot. Roy escapes from his predicament and re-unites with his gang. At the Mexican border, Roy catches-up with Alicia who married yet another man, river-boat casino owner Francisco Montero. Roy is hungry for Alicia, for money and for revenge. Alicia convinces Roy and Montero to join forces and follow her into Mexico where a Revolutionary leader is offering one million dollars to any mercenary who can destroy a federal Mexican Army arsenal. Of course, Roy and Montero agree with Alicia's plan. They all head to Mexico, willing to risk their lives for one million dollars. Once arrived at their destination, the unlikely partners find that the Revolutionary leader is a bit loco and the task more difficult than imagined. The million dollar reward is ... Written by nufs68

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The gang, the rebels, the army. She sold them all down BAD MAN'S RIVER (UK poster) See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

Spain | Italy | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

23 December 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Hunt the Man Down See more »

Filming Locations:

Colmenar Viejo, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Gina Lollobrigida's salary was $50,000, which she considered to be a comedown. Both she and Lee Van Cleef were apparently troublesome during the shoot. See more »

Quotes

Montero: I'm the goose that lays the golden eggs.
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Connections

Referenced in 800 Bullets (2002) See more »

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Busy Revolutionary Comedy
25 March 2010 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

Lovable rogue Lee Van Cleef steals from banks and blows things up for a living. He and his gang are hired by James Mason to explode an Army munitions stockpile in Mexico, using a luxury riverboat as a base of operations, only to be pulled into a bigger scheme that digs them even deeper into the revolution.

Like most of the Mexican Revolution spaghetti westerns (A Bullet For The General being one exception), this is an acquired taste. Production values are a little iffy and it does run out of steam a bit near the end. On the whole though, there's certainly a lot of action and adventure to make up for it's shortcomings.

A Spanish-made, but American-produced minor addition to the genre, this benefits from the participation of Hollywood veterans Philip Yordan and Bernard Gordon, as well as Van Cleef, Mason, and a few familiar European favorites like Aldo Sambrell, Eduardo Fajardo, Gianni Garko, Diana Lorys, and the beautiful Gina Lollabrigida.

An oddball soundtrack goes from really dated vocal-quartets, to early-seventies style hard rock, with a marching band in-between!

Recommended mainly for Van Cleef fanatics.


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