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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

John Steiner was afraid of horses, so Sergio Martino had him stand on wooden planks while shooting his close-ups so it looked as if he were riding a horse. 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

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Connections

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Very entertaining Spaghetti Western
25 March 2008 | by charley-54See all my reviews

I absolutely love this film.

The lead actor, Maurizio Merli, is a handsome man and a decent actor cast in the role of the "Good" Bounty Hunter, with Donald O'Brien as the "Ugly" thief/wanted man, and John Steiner as the "Bad" villain. The acting is top-notch as far as Italian Westerns go. The cinematography is beautiful, the editing great, and the direction superb. The sets are great but shrouded in a mysterious fog that lends to the movies surrealism. This film is like a very Artistic Western Graphic-Novel!

There are a few things in the plot that make you scratch your head (what movie DOESN'T suffer this problem?) but overall I would rank this in my Top Ten Westerns so far...here is the list (only culled from films I have seen thus far)

1. The Good The Bad The Ugly 2. Django 3. Mannaja 4. Fistful of Dollars 5. For a Few Dollars More 6. Tombstone 7. Outlaw Josey Wales 8. Unforgiven 9. Pale Rider 10.Silverado 11.High Plains Drifter 12.Hang Em High 13.Once Upon A Time in the West 14.Fistful of Dynamite 15.The Quick and The Dead

If you are a fan of movies that are as much art as film, then you should love Italian cinema!


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