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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 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 ... Gen. Duarte
Sergio Fantoni ... Col. Enrique Fierro
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 »


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Trivia

James Mason was not too impressed with the final result. In an interview he said, "When shooting a western in Spain, one should not say to oneself, 'Never mind, no one is going to see it,' because that will be just the film that the Rank Organisation will choose to release in England!". See more »

Quotes

Montero: I'm the goose that lays the golden eggs.
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Referenced in 800 Bullets (2002) See more »

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Not just the worst James Mason movie--it's the worst Lee Van Cleef movie!!
26 March 2003 | by JimB-4See all my reviews

Heaven knows how a talent like Philip Yordan came to such a sorry pass as writing this mess. Heaven knows how badly James Mason must have needed money for him to take part. Lee Van Cleef, one of my great movie heroes, made some really awful films here and there, but this one takes the cake. The pop-rock/barbershop-quartet score, completely inappropriate to the time and place, is the first clue that the viewer is in for a melange of malarkey. Everyone is dubbed, of course--it's a spaghetti Western. But at least Van Cleef and Mason dub themselves. However, Mason, who despite being second-billed doesn't show up until 2/3 of the way through, makes the most embarrassing attempt at a southern American accent I can recall ever hearing. Gina Lollobrigida exposes her talent in her special way, and the rest of the parts are played in the broadest fashion by a cast of overacting hambones. The plot is virtually unintelligible, though it does involve a river for a moment or two (the good guys hope their engine-less riverboat can drift from Matamoros to Laredo before the bad guys catch up to them--despite the fact that Laredo is UPSTREAM from Matamoros.) It's obvious that much of what goes on here is intended as comedy, except, one presumes, for scenes of people being shot and burned to death. Let's just say that none of the stars ever made a worse movie and then just pretend this farago never happened.


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Country:

Italy | France | Spain

Language:

Italian | 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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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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