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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.

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Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony M. Dawson)
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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
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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 »

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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 »

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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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Rye Whiskey
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Neat little film - a combination of the spaghetti western genre and the chop socky.
24 September 2002 | by johnwaynefreakSee all my reviews

Lee Van Cleef stars as a rugged cowboy who arrives in the town of Monterey seeking the fortune of the Chinese Mr Wang. Blowing open the four safes in the bank, he discovers nothing more than photos of women in all four of them. But Mr Wang walks in on the fourth explosion and is killed. Van Cleef is charged with the murder of Wang and sentenced to hang. Back in China, warlords are furious to learn that Wang's money is missing and send forth Wang Ho Kian, a young warrior and Wang's nephew, in search of it... Wang Ho arrives in time for the hanging and saves Van Cleef from the noose. Together, the two form a friendship and set off in pursuit of the late Mr Wang's bounty...

The film plays as more of a kung fu action than a western, but is none the worse for it. Utilising the acting talents (and one or two other features) of various lovely ladies - and a plot device used in Dick Emery's 1972 film "Ooh... You Are Awful" (namely that the tattoos on four women's backsides hold the key to a fortune) - the film shows that while the golden age of spaghetti westerns was beginning to come to an end, the industry could still produce little gems like this.

While the final showdown isn't exactly a Dance of Death, with both bullets AND karate kicks flying you can't really go wrong, can you? Whilst the music isn't exactly memorable, and at times the dialogue is awful (yea, yea, it's all lost in the translation, I know), the majority of the action scenes are good, although at times the synchronisation of the kung fu kicking and the "Ow!"s are on par with the dubbing of the worst spaghetti western. A decent time-filler.


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