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A Man Called Blade (1977)

Mannaja (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 13 August 1977 (Italy)
A bounty hunter arrives in a mining town and is hired to track down the missing daughter of the town's crippled mayor and learns she has been kidnapped by the mayor's corrupt right-hand-man and a band of outlaws he is secretly working for.

Director:

Sergio Martino

Writers:

Sergio Martino (story), Sauro Scavolini (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maurizio Merli ... Mannaja
John Steiner ... Valler
Sonja Jeannine Sonja Jeannine ... Deborah McGowan
Donald O'Brien ... Burt Craven
Salvatore Puntillo Salvatore Puntillo ... Johnny Johnny, Impresario
Antonio Casale ... Dahlman (as Nino Casale)
Enzo Fiermonte ... Government Agent
Rik Battaglia ... Gerald Merton (as Rick Battaglia)
Aldo Rendine Aldo Rendine ... Stagecoach Traveller
Enzo Maggio Enzo Maggio ... Oldtimer
Sergio Tardioli Sergio Tardioli ... Saloon Barman
Sofia Lombardo Sofia Lombardo ... Lucy Merton (as Sophia Lombardo)
Philippe Leroy ... Edward M. McGowan
Martine Brochard ... Angela
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Storyline

Arriving in the mining town Suttonville, after claiming the bounty of a outlaw known as Burt Craven, a bounty hunter named Blade (armed with a hatchet instead of a gun) is hired by the town's wheelchair bound mayor McGowan and his corrupt associate Voller to track down McGowan's daughter Debra who has gone missing. Blade is unaware that Voller kidnapped Debra and is secretly working for a group of outlaws who are looting shipment of silver from the silver mines that are run the mine owner McGregor. Caught up in Suttonville's affairs, Blade not only has Voller and the outlaws to deal with, he also goes to settle a score with McGowan (who was responsible for the death of Blade's father) and takes on Voller and his gang who are out to gun him down. Written by Daniel Williamson

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Sharp shoots, gun and axe with great accuracy!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

13 August 1977 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Man Called Blade See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Hot air machines were used to create the foggy environment in the film. The noises and the wind that the hot air machines made drove the two Great Danes that played Voller's dogs in the film crazy and their leashes were getting tangled around John Steiner's body and made it impossible for him to continue acting. See more »

Quotes

Edward M. McGowan: Would you mind telling me, just what your real name is?
Edward M. McGowan: A man with your amount of conscience. I doubt it will ring bells. The name I was born to, is buried in the middle of a wood grove with my dead father.
Edward M. McGowan: Are you - the son of Gerald? Gerald Merton?
Mannaja: Yeah! How do you feel?
Mannaja: [Flashback of a tree collapsing ontop of Gerald Merton, killing him instantly. Young Blade and his mother Lucy races over to Gearld] NO! PAPA!
Lucy Merton: GERALD!
Mannaja: Papa!
Edward M. McGowan: His wife and son are here. Go on! Get them out of there.
Mannaja: [...]
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 6 secs by the BBFC to remove footage of horsefalls. See more »

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Worth watching for Spaghetti Western completists.
11 July 2019 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Eurocrime regular Maurizio Merli headlines this Italian Western about the title bounty hunter, who wields a hatchet rather than a gun. He comes upon the town of Suttonville, which is presided over by a mining boss, McGowan (Philippe Leroy) who supposedly doesn't allow any sort of "sin" or "vice". Mannaja gets caught up in the affairs of the town, going head to head with the crooked and deadly Voller (European exploitation veteran John Steiner) and seeing to some unfinished business that he has with McGowan.

"Mannaja" is directed by Sergio Martino, who was nothing if not versatile, moving from Gialli ("Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key") to post-apocalypse schlock ("2019: After the Fall of New York"), to the cannibal genre ("Mountain of the Cannibal God"). Martino gives the tale some real style, beginning and ending it with very atmospheric sequences. The violence is pretty vicious, but offsetting a certain grimness is a tendency towards levity at times. A case in point: Johnny-Johnny (Salvatore Puntillo) and his dancing girls. The music further adds to the atmosphere, having been composed by Guido and Maurizio De Angelis. Martino gets down to business with an eerie succession of scenes in which outlaw Burt Craven (Donald O'Brien) is pursued by Mannaja.

The charismatic Merli, who does indeed bear a resemblance to the more famous Franco Nero, does a capable job in the lead. He's extremely well supported by Steiner, who looks right at home in this genre; Steiner is a great villain. Leroy, O'Brien, Martine Brochard as dancing girl Angela, and Sonja Jeannine as McGowan's daughter are all fine as well.

Overall, "Mannaja" is pretty good of its type, offering up nice photography, lovely ladies, decent action sequences, a few laughs, and a plot where the hero doesn't always have the upper hand.

Seven out of 10.


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