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A very well-done Western where the underdog must get his life back.
In the aftermath of the American Civil War, two rebel Texans are fleeing toward the Mexican border in a wagon, having made off with a huge sum of money stolen from the United States government. Just before reaching the safety of foreign soil they are intercepted by a U.S. army patrol. As the mounted soldiers close in, the men draw cards to decide who will stay on the wagon and draw the pursuit, and who will jump off with the loot and escape, keeping the other man's share safe until he can claim it. Ken Seagull (Nando Gazzolo) wins the draw, jumps off and successfully hides. Jerry Brewster (Thomas Hunter) crashes the wagon, is apprehended by the troopers, and is sent to a military prison. Five years later, Brewster is released and returns home to reunite with his wife and son. He finds his house deserted and in ruins, but discovers his wife's journal, which tells him that Seagull not only gave her no aid, but told her nothing of the money or the fact that her husband was alive. Maddened by the betrayal, the unarmed Brewster immediately finds himself under gunfire: Seagull has learned of his release and sent men to get him out of the way once and for all. Running into the barn for cover, Brewster finds a mysterious stranger (Dan Duryea) who throws him a weapon with which Brewster kills his attackers. His benefactor, who introduces himself as Winnie Getz, offers to tell Seagull that, while Brewster killed the hired gunmen, Getz himself finished their job and killed their target. The seemingly homeless Getz says he hopes to parlay that false intelligence into a steady job with Seagull. Getz goes on ahead, while Brewster (now using the name Jim Houston) follows on his quest for vengeance. Brewster soon learns that Seagull, now known as Ken Milton, has used his wealth to acquire a ranch and the services of vicious killer Garcia Mendez (Henry Silva), with whose help he has expanded his holdings by terrorizing other landowners. Brewster also learns that Seagull killed his wife, but finds his young son alive and living nearby as an orphan. The man called Houston gets a job with Mendez (while managing to stay out of sight of his employer "Milton") and, with Getz's help, proceeds to play a double game wherein he rides with Mendez and his killers, but secretly aids their intended victims...
"The Hills Run Red" (Un Fiume di dollari) is one of the earliest spaghetti westerns made after the Eastwood/Leone Italian western boom, in 1967 and directed by Carlo Lizzani. And it´s so apparent that Lizzani casted Thomas Hunter in the lead because he carries a resemblance to Clint Eastwood. He even seems to try to talk like Clint Eastwood in certain scenes. There´s some nicely shots scenes, but the revenge story carries nothing new and "The Hills Run Red" just becomes a poor poor mans Leone/Eastwood spaghetti Western copy. And I always had a slight issue with the dubbing in movies like this. The only upside is the always outstanding Henry Silva as Mendez and Ennio Morricone´s (using the pseudonym "Leo Nichols") great score.
The Hills Run Red and Madness Ensues--Spaghetti with a vengeance!!
Italian westerns are always something that I enjoy. More often then not over their American counter part. The Hills Run Red is little heard of but still immensely enjoyable. I had originally seen a trailer for this on YOU TUBE & was instantly hooked. Being a big fan of Henry Silva it was something of his that I had to see & he's great in it; the best part. His laugh is infectious. Almost as much as David Hess's in Hitch Hike. The plot isn't too demanding as Thomas Hunter is imprisoned for 5 years after the Civil War only to find his wife murdered & his son gone. He seeks revenge. Like I say Silva raises the bar & makes this worth checking out for fans of his & of the spaghetti
Det som hÃ¶jer denna standard western Ã¤r Henry Silvas enormt skÃ¶na idioti, hyffsat goreigt fÃ¶r att vara gjord 65/66, trevlig musik
too much goddamned grass for a western
The only thing really notable about this western is the enjoyable music by Ennio Morricone.