Crudeli, I

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I Crudeli (Italy · Spain 1967 / Director: Sergio Corbucci).

Also known as

The Hellbenders (USA) | Die Grausamen (Germany) | Rio Hondon kuolemanloukku (Finland) | Los Despiadados (Spain) | Helvetescommandos (Sweden) | Les Cruels (France) | Mrtvacima prolaz slobodan (Yugoslavia) | The Cruel Ones | Os Cruéis (Portugal) | 黄金の棺 Ougon no hitsugi (Japan) | Главорезите (Bulgaria)
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Following the Civil War, a Confederate colonel refuses to accept the South’s defeat and attempts to form an army to continue the war. Together with his sons he steals a large war chest, which they then try to escort hidden in the coffin of an officer back to the South.


  • Cast (Italian): Joseph Cotten (Colonel Jonas), Norma Bengell (Claire), Julian Mateos (Ben), Gino Pernice (Jeff), Angel Aranda (Nat), Claudio Gora (Reverend Pierce), Maria Martin (Kitty), Enio Girolami (Lieutenant Sublett), Julio Pena (Sergeant Tolt), José Nieto (sheriff), Alvaro de Luna (Bixby), Rafael Vaquero (Tyler, Hellbenders hired gun), Ivan Giovanni Scratuglia [as Ivan Scratuglia] (Denton gambler), José Canalejas, Simon Arriaga, Aldo Sambrell (Pedro)
  • Additional credits: Al Mulock ('The Beggar') [International], Claudio Scarchilli (Indian Chief) [Spanish], Martín Díaz [Spanish], Gonzalo Esquiroz (search party soldier) [Spanish]
  • Uncredited & Background actors: Benito Stefanelli (Slim, Denton gambler), Gene Collins (Union soldier in wagon), Scott Miller (convoy sergeant), Hector Quiroga (search party Lieutenant), Rocco Lerro (Denton saloon brawler), Mimmo Poli (Denton saloon customer), Enzo Mondino (Sundog funeral guest), Vicenzo De Palo (Sundog funeral guest), Alfonso Giganti (Sundog citizen), Giovanna Sanfilippo (Sundog citizen)
  • Director: Sergio Corbucci
  • Story: Albert Band, Ugo Liberatore
  • Screenplay: Ugo Liberatore, José Gutiérrez Maesso,
  • Cinematography: Enzo Barboni (Eastmancolor, Panoramico 1,85:1)
  • Music: Ennio Morricone [as Leo Nichols]
  • Producer: Albert Band
  • Assistant directors: Maria Berrutia, Ruggero Deodato



  • Although credited in the opening credits neither Simon Arriaga or Jose Canalejas appear in any known version.

Versions and runtimes

  • Runtime: 92 min

Release Dates

  • February 2, 1967 (Italy)

Filming locations

  • Filming Locations: Almería, Sesena, Aldea del Fresno, Manzanares el real, El atazar - Madrid, Anzio -Rome ITALY

Production and business

  • Box office:
    • (1967) 187 (Italy, in million lira)

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