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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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A HAWK... A VULTURE... and A DOVE... All circling for the biggest haul in the WEST!! See more »


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Country:

Spain | Italy | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

23 December 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Man's River 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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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

General Duarte: If the revolutionaries had gold, you would be working for them.
Canales: Yes, your Excellency.
General Duarte: You are nothing but a bandit.
Canales: Yes, your Excellency.
General Duarte: Remember, Canales, when the revolution is over, I promise to hang you.
Canales: Yes, your Excellency.
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James Mason gets to do a western
25 July 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

American Lee Van Cleef and Englishman James Mason join Gina Lollobrigida and a number of unfamiliar European players for this spaghetti western about the Mexican Revolution of the teen years. For James Mason this marked his first appearance in a horse opera albeit not a genuine American one.

For the most part I'm a firm believer that the only real westerns are done in the western hemisphere and Bad Man's River won't convince any of you I'm wrong. It's a comic western, but western icon Lee Van Cleef just does not have a comic bone in his body. As for Gina Lollobrigida she pairs off far better with Rock Hudson and I'm sure she wished she was making another comedy with him.

Mason is a revolutionary and Gina his wife. She's also the former wife of outlaw Lee Van Cleef and they find it might be to their mutual advantage to pull off a caper. Easier said than done however and Gina has quite the surprise in the end.

According to the Citadel Film series book on the films of James Mason he didn't think much of Bad Man's River and I agree.


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