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Monday, November 30, 2015

Bad Man's River (1971)

A bandit (Lee Van Cleef) and his gang rob a bank and get away with a ton of money. But when he impulsively marries a beautiful woman (Gina Lollobrigida), she dupes him and runs off with all the loot and he's sent to prison. When he gets out, he finds her again but some men never learn, do they? This comedy western was filmed in Spain and its near incoherent plot not only doesn't make much sense, it's simply not funny. The underscore by Waldo De Los Rios, which sounds like something composed for MCHALE'S NAVY, marches perkily along as if to say, "Hey! Laugh people, this is funny stuff!". The anachronistic songs range from jazz to rock and only accentuate the mess that the movie is in. James Mason somehow manages to hold on to his dignity but everyone else tries too hard and the more they try, the more desperate they come off. Directed by Eugenio Martin. With Sergio Fantoni and Diana Lorys.

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