Review: Mannaja (1977)

Time to check out another Italian Western, especially when it’s directed by one of my favourite Giallo directors and headlining my favourite euro-crime actor.

dvd“MANNAJA”
1977
Spaghetti-western
Italy

Director: Sergio Martino
Stars: Maurizio Merli, John Steiner, Donald O’Brien
Distributor: Another World
Runtime: 96 mins.
DVD REGION 2

“Those who know me call me Blade.”

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When the axe-tossing bounty-hunter, Blade, shows up in a little town, owned by McGowan, shit hits the fan. It seems like Blade has some revenge on his mind. But when McGowan’s henchman tries to get rid of his own boss so he can overrun his silver-mining empire, Blade has to team up with McGowan. A bloody fight start. There’s loads of deceit and greed, but can Blade come through it all with some dignity?

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This might just be the crappiest spaghetti-western song ever, but at the end I started to hum along. At this time these Westerns where way over it’s peak, but Martino managed to make a late and great contribution. He managed to get one of the hottest Italian actors in the lead, that helped. It’s a good plot and a well directed Western. Brutal and entertaining with a high bodycount. It’s dark and epic, even though the villain looks like John Holmes, or maybe because of it…

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