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« : January 02, 2005, 06:48:50 AM »

Its the new year. More Spaghetti nuggets on the way...

Corbucci post civil war, gold romp to be released in 2005. Starring Joseph Cotton.



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« #1 : January 02, 2005, 07:43:33 AM »

Yea but is it any good? I''ve had feast (great) and famine (crap) with Corbucci films, lol.


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« #2 : January 02, 2005, 07:49:06 AM »

Yes, it is good. :)

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« #3 : January 02, 2005, 07:59:42 AM »

Its a little over long in places. Some people would say a little boring. Its not for the short attention span. Cottons great.

Yea but is it any good? I''''ve had feast (great) and famine (crap) with Corbucci films, lol.

Its 1967.. More Mercenary than Django.. but without the laughs.  ;D

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« #4 : January 02, 2005, 09:39:40 AM »

Well then something to look forward too.

Any of you seen "The Hills Run Red"?


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« #5 : June 01, 2005, 01:19:31 PM »

Welcome back Board!

Here's my review of Corbucci's The Hellbenders -

"Joseph Cotton stars as Jonah, an ex-confederate trying to keep the dreams of the south alive following General Lee's surrender. He and his sons, known as the Hellbenders, massacre a troop to steal the money that they are transporting, with the aim of using this prize to restart the confederate cause. The stolen loot is stored in a coffin, disguised as the dead Captain Ambrose, and transported across the desert to Jonah's home town. They are accompanied by a drunken whore, under the guise of Ambrose's mourning widow, supposedly transporting the dead man to his place of rest. The search for the troop's murderers is in full flow, but Jonah is a man obsessed with the cause, and nothing or no-one is going to stop him achieving his objective.....

Hellbenders is an absolute classic of the Spaghetti Western genre, standing proudly side by side fellow Corbucci classics Django and the Great Silence. It continues in Corbucci's usual vein, firing bullets of unjust and unexpected twists at the screen, as the plot spirals towards its grim finale. All the while, the engaging trumpet of Morricone's score becomes more and more pleasing to the ear.

The slow but gripping pace of the movie reminds me of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in the way that its story is joined together by a number of sub plots. But here there is little humour. Aside from Ben (Mateos) and Claire (Bengell), the Hellbenders are an ugly and evil lot. Cotton is compelling as Jonah, his deadpan expression superbly capturing the characters single-minded vision. Pernice (perhaps most famous for having his ear cut off in Django) is truly deranged as the equally perverted and dim-witted Jeff. There are also great cameo appearances from euro-western favourites Al Mulock, Aldo Sambrell and Benito Stefanelli.

The film does tend to plod rather than gallop in a number of places (and this is in no way a bad thing!), and its story is quite different from the majority of the films in the Spaghetti Western genre. But it is a compelling view, with the scene at the Fort and the excellent finale worth the price of admission in itself".


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« #6 : June 01, 2005, 07:43:47 PM »

On my list of to gets, thanks for the review.


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« #7 : June 02, 2005, 02:31:28 AM »

Thanks for the review Marco. Farely over looked spaghetti western. Only seen a natty VHS copy. Some say it has pacing problems. Proberly because most Spaghetti is quite punchy and quick outside GBU and this takes its time.

Anchorbay have this on there future DVD releases.. autumn time.


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« #8 : June 02, 2005, 05:33:21 AM »

This is one of my favorites. I like it better than The Great Silence even! Also, probably my favorite Morricone score.

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« #9 : June 02, 2005, 03:15:27 PM »

It is a great score.  Funnily enough, I also think the plodding feel of the film is really endearing.


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« #10 : August 16, 2005, 12:55:46 PM »

I'm curious about the quality of the dvd... is it watchable and if so where did you get it... i only know of a region 1 dvd which i've never heard bad or good one way or the other on quality.


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« #11 : August 17, 2005, 05:26:43 AM »

Mine is an old old PAL video, but that new Fistful of DVDs site has the following info on The Hellbenders DVDs available - http://www.sundances.net/spaghetti/hellbenders.php


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« #12 : August 17, 2005, 07:15:02 PM »

thanks alot.


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« #13 : December 06, 2005, 09:51:57 AM »

Anchor Bay has this on their future DVD releases.. autumn time.

I see that they're still listing it as "late 2005," though it doesn't get much later than right now.  Has anyone heard anything new about the release?  Are we looking at pushback into 2006, as it seems?


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« #14 : December 06, 2005, 10:30:38 AM »

I think I am definatly going to have check this film out. As we haven't heard any news yet James, I fear its going to be a 2006 release.


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