Bad Man's River (1974)
Bad Man's River (1974)
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Foreign lensed western is arch and dull with a silly script. James Mason is the only real redeeming feature but his part is small and he can certainly be seen to better advantage elsewhere than in this clunker.
Bad Man's River (or Hunt the Man Down) is about a conman of sorts (Lee Van Cleef) who joins forces with his devious ex-wife (Gina Lollobrigida) in order to swindle the Mexican government.
Let's start with the bad. It's quite campy, the plot's a bit scattered, and the characters are thin at best. I don't have a great amount of experience with comedy Westerns, but this one seemed on the nuttier end of the spectrum. The music was somewhat awkward and it's not always clear just what's going on.
But I liked this movie! It's pleasantly entertaining and it has this sort of idle amusement, for when you're just looking to plop on the couch and watch something-- which is exactly what I did. I've realized that I'll watch Lee Van Cleef in anything, and it was refreshing seeing him in a far more light-hearted role than usual. So watch it if you love Lee.
It certainly isn't the smartest of films, but it is enjoyable. -65%
How would you like me to get real friendly?
Roy King is a bad man in the Wild West who is known for robbing banks and getting what he wants. His life is flipped upside down when he meets a woman that has the same qualities. Roy quickly marries the woman but then his life takes a turn for the worse. Will Roy stay with this woman or dispatch her like all the other nuisances within his life?
?You already have two husbands, what would you do with me??
?I?ll think of something.?
Eugenio Martin, director of Supernatural (1981), Pancho Villa (1972), The Ugly Ones, It Happened at Nightmare Inn, and The Girl from the Red Cabaret, delivers Bad Man?s River. The storyline for this film is interesting but nothing special overall. The acting is okay and the cast delivers believable performances. The cast include Lee Van Cleef, James Mason, and Gina Lollobrigida.
?I do not wish to fight with you.?
?I can tell that.?
My wife and I are huge fans of Lee Van Cleef and we have been DVR?ing his movies as they air on television. This was a mediocre western with interesting characters and an interesting plot but the overall feel of the film was fairly mediocre and I never had the that feeling that I could not wait to see what happens next. This movie is not really worth your time.
?He?s bad, bad news.?
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