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Blood Money (1974)

El karate el Colt y el impostor (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Western | April 1976 (USA)
A martial artist joins a hard-hitting gunfighter in the search for treasure while bandits step into their way.


Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony M. Dawson)




Complete credited cast:
Lee Van Cleef ... Dakota
Lieh Lo ... Ho Chiang (as Lo Lieh)
Patty Shepard ... Russian mistress & Her twin-sister
Femi Benussi ... Italian mistress
Karen Yeh ... Chinese mistress
Julián Ugarte Julián Ugarte ... Yancey Hobbitt
Erika Blanc ... American mistress


During a hold-up in the Wild West, Dakota kills a rich old Chinese man, Wang. Later, he is captured, sentenced, and is about to be hanged - but he never profited from Wang's death- only finding the photographs of his four widows and a fortune cookie. Meanwhile, Lo comes to America in search of his uncle's fortune after his family is held hostage. He frees Dakota from the Hangman, since he's the only one who can help find Wang's fortune. Now, the difficult part will really start... the Treasure hunt. First they need to locate the four clues, a tattoo on each of Wang's widow's butts, then uncover the fortune while being hunted by a religious fanatic/ ex-confederate soldier who is on to their game. Written by Artemis-9

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His friend saved him his life, but... he had to kill him! See more »


Comedy | Western


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Did You Know?


Lee Van Cleef met his last wife Barbara Havelone on the set of the movie. She appeared as the Pianist in the bar during the scene where Lee sings his second and last song as part of the movie soundtrack. She also appeared as another one of the girls in the bar. See more »


When Ho Chiang is approaching the Mission alone, a motor vehicle can be seen moving in the distant background. See more »


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Well balanced between action and comedy
4 January 2004 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

The "East Meets West" idea of an Asian fighter in the Wild West was not new anymore (see Terence Young's "Soleil Rouge" from 1971, or "Il mio nome e Shanghai Joe" by Mario Caiano, 1973), but "The Stranger And the Gunfighter" was the first time (1974) that an Asian production company, namely Shaw Brothers, came to Italy for a Western production, bringing Lo Lieh as a seasoned star of their own. The kung-fu fighter has to recover a treasure that once belonged to his uncle and return it to China. The map leading to the treasure is tattooed in 4 parts - on the backs of 4 ladies. Yes, that's a bit of a different idea for once ;-). Lee Van Cleef plays a bank robber who assists very unwillingly, but in the end even enjoys a little trip to Asia.

The movie is nowhere near "Soleil Rouge" and Lo Lieh isn't Toshiro Mifune, but it's an entertaining action movie with a story you haven't seen before. "Il mio nome e Shanghai Joe" is a very violent flick, whereas recent movies such as "Shang-High Noon" are silly comedies. What I like best about "The Stranger And the Gunfighter" is that it's well balanced between action and comedy.

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