From The Spaghetti Western Database
I Crudeli (Italy, Spain 1966 / Director: Sergio Corbucci)
- Runtime: 92 min
- Release Date: 2.2.67
- Filming Locations: Almería
Also known as
The Hellbenders (USA) | The Cruel Ones | Die Grausamen (Germany) | Rio Hondon kuolemanloukku (Finland) | Los Despiadados (Spain) | Helvetescommandos (Sweden) | Les Cruels (France)
Cast and crew
- Cast: Joseph Cotton (Colonel Jonas), Norma Bengell (Claire), Julian Mateos (Ben), Al Mulock ('The Beggar'), Aldo Sambrell (Pedro), Gino Pernice (Jeff), Angel Aranda (Nat), Julio Pena (Sergeant Tolt), Claudio Gora (Reverend Pierce), Enio Girolami (Lieutenant Sublett), Jose Nieto (sheriff), Maria Martin (Kitty), Claudio Scarchilli (Indian Chief), Benito Stefanelli (Slim), Gene Collins (Union soldier), Alvaro de Luna (Bixby), Ivan Scratuglia (gambler), Rafael Vaquero (Mexican bandit), Simon Arriaga (Mexican bandit), Jose Canalejas (Mexican bandit), Gonzolo Esquiroz, Martin Diaz
- 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
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.
Based on an idea by producer Albert Band (who reportedly intervened in the directing), The Hellbenders is a companion piece to Band's self directed The Tramplers (1965). The pseudo complex story wasn't suited for a typical SW nor was it for the directorial style of director Corbucci, who still delivers a lot of nice framings, but overall directs rather anonymously. The episodical screenplay remains only on the surface with the main characters and their motivations being pretty dull (and the acting is likewise flat). The basic conflicts are clear after the initial scenes and as there is no development, the ending could have happened in the same way after half of the screentime. I crudeli is too short and too long at the same time.