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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

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Sharp shoots, gun and axe with great accuracy!


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Sergio Martino cited Sam Peckinpah as a major inspiration. See more »

Quotes

Singer: [Theme song "Wolf"] You're alone. A solitary man. And when the sun goes down, your memories back around with you and your heart is breaking down. This here was your father's land. Nothing bad, you can't pretend. You love justice and you love peace. When the time will come to kill, to destroy who loves to kill and your hand will stop the axe and your conscience will be satisfied. Yes. You're a good man, no one will put you down. Your feel is right is right, down worry man. Keep going, you know ...
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Alternate Versions

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


Soundtracks

Wolf
Written by Guido De Angelis & Fabrizio De Angelis
Performed by Cesare De Natale (as Dandylion)
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An Entertaining Spaghetti Western
31 July 2019 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

This film begins with a bounty hunter who goes by the name "Blade" (Maurizio Merli) riding into the small mining town of Suttonville with a criminal named "Burt Craven" (Donald O'Brien) as his prisoner. Unfortunately, when he gets there he is informed that there is no real sheriff there which makes it impossible for him to claim the bounty. To make things even worse, he is also told that the entire town is essentially owned by the wealthy owner of the local silver mine named "Edward McGowan" (Philippe Leroy) and that nothing gets done without his approval or that of his chief enforcer and bodyguard by the name of "Voller" (John Steiner) . To that end, when Blade volunteers to help Edward McGowan with a problem he is experiencing with some local bandits, Voller doesn't take it too well and this results in a serious rift between Blade and everyone else-and Voller is not a man to take things lightly. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was an entertaining "Spaghetti Western" which managed to keep my attention pretty much from start-to-finish. Admittedly, I didn't especially care for a couple of the twists and turns taken and the musical score was a bit odd. But even so I liked this film for the most part and I have rated it accordingly. Slightly above average.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

13 August 1977 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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