From The Spaghetti Western Database
La Belva (Italy 1970 / Director: Mario Costa)
- Runtime: 95 min
- Release Date: 12.9.1970
Also known as
Die Bestie (Germany) | Rough Justice (U.S.A.) | The Beast (U.S.A.) | Le goût de la vengeance (France) | Salalitto (Finland) | The Taste of Revenge (U.K.) | To Ktinos tou San Diego (Greece) | O Sadistis tou Far West (Greece) | Sammansvärjningen (Sweden) | Sammensvaergelsen (Denmark) | A Besta (Portugal) | A Fera (Brazil) | ザ・ビースト (VHS title - Japan)
Cast and Crew
- Cast: Klaus Kinski (Crazy Johnny Laster), Gabriella Giorgelli (Juanita), Steven Tedd (Ricardo), Paolo Casella [as Paul Sullivan](Glenn), Giovanni Pallavicino [as Gianni Pallavicino](Machete), Giuliano Raffaelli (Gary Pinkerton), Fiona Florence (Dolly), Cristina Iosani [as Cristina Josani](woman washing clothes), Ivana Novak (Maude), Gioia Garson, Pilù (Juan), Andrea Aureli (Ricardo's foster father), Remo Capitani (sheriff), Luigi Ciavarro [as Louis Chavarro](Williams, deputy), Grazia Di Marzà (Maria), Vittorio Mangano (Paco), Guido Lollobrigida [as Lee Burton](Bowens), Luisa Rivelli (Nancy Powers), Antonio Anelli, Bruno Arié (Blanco, Ricardo's friend), Bruno Boschetti, Carla Mancini, Sandro Scarchilli (Machete bandit), Sergio Scarchilli (beggar)
- Also with: Gilberto Galimberti (saloon patron), Mario Dardanelli (Machete bandit), Spartaco Battisti (gambler), Giovanni Nuvoletti (judge), Femi Benussi, Lando Buzzanca, Claudio Scarchilli, Omero Capanna
- Story: Mario Costa
- Screenplay: Mario Costa
- Cinematography: Luciano Trasatti [Eastmancolor - Techniscope 2,35:1]
- Music: Stelvio Cipriani (also recycles cues from Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola, Sentenza di morte + L'uomo, l'orgoglio, la vendetta)
- Producer: Paolo Prestan
Kinski, as the sadistic bandit Johnny 'The Beast' Laster, has more on his mind than just the loot from his robberies. He's a sex-crazed maniac and any woman he meets is a potential rape victim.
Though it suffers greatly from a looooooow budget, complete with recycled scores and bad actors (and some good), beyond its trashiness, the film is actually quite entertaining, especially due to Kinski's rather unlikeable character. And although he's the protagaonist, he sure as hell ain't no good guy! In fact, the title should be "The Bastard."