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


Certificate:

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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

Alicia: What business are you in Mr. King?
King: Ah... banking. I transfer funds from, ah, one place to another.
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Referenced in 800 Bullets (2002) See more »

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An eccentric flop
28 January 2003 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

Is it just me, or does James Mason wear a guilty look upon his face throughout this film, almost as if he's aware that he's wasting his talent in a sub standard cheapo? Bad Man's River is a bad film, but what makes it even more unforgivable is that a lot of classy stars were mysteriously persuaded to appear in it.

It's an eccentric paella western about various outlaws and swindlers trying to steal cash from the Mexican government. Mason was once quoted as saying that he made it for fun and money, never thinking that it would get a release in England, but much to his horror and dismay it was picked up by Rank and got cinematic distribution.

The film isn't as funny as it thinks it is and is made doubly irritating by frequent freeze frame shots (why were so many 70s films obsessed with the freeze frame gimmick?) and pantomime style music. It's a unique film, with a bizarre and unconventional flavour all of its own, but don't take that as a recommendation. The only thing I would recommend about this film is that you don't see it!


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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