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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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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

Angela: I know I shouldn't ask you. Will you stay?
Mannaja: Who can tell? I can bet on a couple of cards.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

References Torso (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Snake
Written by Guido De Angelis & Fabrizio De Angelis
Performed by Cesare De Natale (as Dandylion)
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Entertaining Latter Spaghetti Western
10 September 2009 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

Although very much late in the game for an Italian western, (the bulk of which were made between 1965 and 1972) Mannaja (A Man Called Blade) is no slouch. It's actually a good muscular western with lots of violence and dark atmosphere, with the sun blocked out and everything bathed in a fog of dust.

Maurizio Merli plays Blade, a mysterious hatchet wielding bounty hunter with unfinished business to take care of regarding a puritanical mine owner and his psychotic number two, played by John Steiner, who's excellent at portraying nasty weasels.

Also memorable is (the late?) Donal O'Brien, who would later gain infamy as the title character in Doctor Butcher M.D. (Medical Deviate), as a scroungy fugitive who gets his hand cut off by Blade in the first scene and features prominently in the film's finale.

Director Sergio Martino is a master of Italian exploitation and really knows how to deliver the goods, especially in action/adventures. Another of his films I really enjoyed was Slave Of The Cannibal God with Ursula Andress and Stacy Keach.

Also, I really enjoyed the title song even though it was repeated way too often in the course of the film.


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