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Bad Man's River

1 rating: 2.0
A Western film

In the early seventies all had become fun in spaghetti western wonderland. Or at least it was meant to be fun. In Bad Man’s River, made in 1971, Lee van Cleef wears a toupet and a bowler hat, Gianni Garko rides a bike and wears goggles, and James … see full wiki

Tags: Movies, Western, 1970s Movies, Lee Van Cleef
1 review about Bad Man's River

Funny, but silly

  • May 4, 2011
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+2
This film is about schlemiels and schlemazels and a con-artist. A schlemiel is a person who does stupid acts, while a schlemazel is one who has bad luck. The schlemiel is like the idiot who insists on throwing his feces out of his window onto the street because his great-grandfather did it in England. "It's a tradition," he says. The schlemazel is the fellow who steps into it. Lee Van Cleef and his three outlaw cohorts are both schlemiels and schlemazels, and Gina Lollabrigia, the con-artist, is the only intelligent person in this humorous farce.

Lee – who wears a bad wig and a bowler hat that seems too small for him - and his gang undertake robbery after robbery but end up with nothing. As in the first event of the film where they rob a bank, take off with the loot, but Lee loses it to Gina who marries him for his money – or, at least, Lee thinks he is being married – and then has him committed to an insane asylum and takes off with the loot.

The film is filled with Keystone Cop type chases. Lee and the gang are chased by Mexicans and their opponents the revolutionaries as well as bounty hunters seeking the large reward offered for their capture. James Mason has a part in a scheme to get one million dollars and doesn't act in his usual suave style. Gina moves from man to man, whoever has money. She is involved in each scheme but not to help Lee, although she says she is; she is only out to help herself. I do not recommend seeing the film; while it is funny, it is also silly.
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May 04, 2011
Oh yes, I remember the sexy actress Gina. I wonder whatever happened to her. Good review!
May 04, 2011
Thank you, Israel
 
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