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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

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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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Quotes

Mannaja: [Blade exits the cave after he kills Dahlman and his men] BURT CRAVEN! I KNOW YOUR HERE!
Burt Craven: But, you told me you're blind. You said you couldn't look into the sun. You Bastard! You lied! You were lying all along. Talk about seeing things different. You were lying!
Mannaja: I was warning you. About how I saw through everything you were saying. It's time, Burt. DRAW!
[Blade shoots kill Craven]
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Featured in The Spaghetti West (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Wolf
Written by Guido De Angelis & Fabrizio De Angelis
Performed by Cesare De Natale (as Dandylion)
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A Blade In The Gut

One of the later Spaghetti Westerns, and often compared to Enzo G. Castellari's "Keoma" from 1976, Sergio Martino's "Mannaja" aka. "A Man Called Blade" is a very stylish, and pretty brutal movie with some minor flaws. The comparisons to Keoma are quite plausible indeed, Mannaja was made only one year after Keoma, both soundtracks were composed by Maurizio and Guido De Angelis, and the leading actor Maurizio Merli actually looks a lot like the great Franco Nero, who played the title role in Keoma. It is often stated that Maurizio Merli only got bigger roles due to his resemblance to Franco Nero. Anyway, Merli's performance as Mannaja is great. Comparing Mannaja to Keoma, Mannaja had a smaller budget, but it makes up for this with graphic violence and genuine nastiness. The performances in Mannaja are great, even though it's pretty hard to come up to Franco Nero, Woody Strode and William Berger. The music composed by the De Angelis Brothers, which some folks seem to have disliked in "Keoma" (I'm not one of them), actually fits into Mannaja very well.

Mannaja, an occasional bounty hunter and gunslinger who is fast with both his gun and his tomahawk, comes to a small town to collect the reward for a bandit he has caught. The town, which doesn't have a Sheriff, is ruled by an aging rich landowner named Mc Gowan, who treats the laborers at his silver mine like animals. Mc Gowan's right hand man, a ruthless killer named Voller, however, even makes his boss look like a nice guy in his sadism and unscrupulousness.

Mannaja has, apart from its resemblances to Keoma, many resemblances to earlier Spaghetti Westerns. Mannaja's back-flashes, for example, remind of movies like Sergio Corbucci's "The Great Silence", or Sergio Leone's "Once Upon A Time In The West". Since these resemblances are only occasional, however, they don't make the movie worse. The performances are good, I especially liked John Steiner as the villainous Voller and Maurizio Merli as Mannaja. The character of Mannaja (according to the movie 'Mannaja' means 'blade' in a Native American language) is generally very cool, the fact that he kills with his tomahawk as frequently as with his gun (if not more frequently), makes the whole movie very stylish. All things considered, Maurizio Merli, who is best known for his roles in ultraviolent Italian crime flicks, is probably not as versatile an actor as Franco Nero, but he definitely made a great Mannaja. A nasty, ultra-violent and gripping Spaghetti Western, "Mannaja" is a must see for genre-fans!


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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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