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The Revengers (1972)

PG | | Western | 19 April 1973 (Mexico)
When a rancher's family is massacred by a gang of outlaws, he assembles a mean team of convicts as his posse to pursue the killers.

Director:

Daniel Mann

Writers:

Wendell Mayes (screenplay), Steven W. Carabatsos (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... John Benedict
Ernest Borgnine ... Hoop
Woody Strode ... Job
Roger Hanin ... Quiberon
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Zweig (as Rene Koldehoff)
Jorge Luke ... Chamaco
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ... Cholo (as Jorge Martinez de Hoyos)
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Free State
Warren Vanders Warren Vanders ... Tarp
Larry Pennell ... Arny
John Kelly John Kelly ... Whitcomb
Scott Holden Scott Holden ... Lieutenant
James Daughton ... Morgan
Lorraine Chanel Lorraine Chanel ... Mrs. Benedict
Raúl Pérez Prieto Raúl Pérez Prieto ... Warden (as Raul Prieto)
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Storyline

The life of peaceful rancher John Benedict (William Holden) is torn apart when his family is massacred by a gang of marauding outlaws and his farm is destroyed. He assembles a team of mean, lawless convicts to act as his posse as he pursues the gang responsible for the deaths of his loved ones. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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He bought six men out of hell and they brought it with them.

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1973 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Revengers See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in Parral, Mexico, the same location as The Wild Bunch (1969). See more »

Goofs

When the Indians first charge the garrison, the first shot from the defenders' point of view shows dead Indians already in front of the defenses. See more »

Quotes

Hoop: He's in the hole! Yes, sir, the same hole we was in! I heard that, I almost wet myself laughing.
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Referenced in Lovelace (2013) See more »

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An Old Genre Done By New Hollywood
16 September 2013 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

A homesteader's family are wiped out by a renegade Injun party and he vows his revenge

" Wow Theo . That sounds like so many other dire generic Westerns . Tell us why you gave it seven out of ten "

Easily explained . It's an old fashioned premise done in the New Hollywood style . Hollywood had done way with the dichotomy of good and bad and decided to paint everything in grey . Some people have mentioned both THE WILD BUNCH and THE DIRTY DOZEN in their comments and you can see some very obvious parallels as the protagonist hires some cut throat prisoners as a posse and you're left with a feeling this might simply backfire on him

Another aspect is the rather bloodthirsty element . New Hollywood had torn up the Hays Code rulebook and consigned it to history a few years earlier and THE WILD BUNCH was responsible for this more than any other film and whilst it doesn't have the same directorial style as Peckinpah would have brought to the movie it's enjoyably mean enough to appeal to audience members who aren't keen on the genre


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