The Hellbenders - Digitally Remastered

6.71 h 32 min19677+
Screen legend Joseph Cotten stars as the fanatical patriarch of a family of ex-Confederate killers who massacre an army convoy to finance an invasion of the North. But before they can re-ignite the Civil War, they'll have to smuggle a coffin crammed with stolen cash across a frontier enflamed by lust, violence and extreme vengeance. Featuring a classic score by Ennio Morricone.
Segio Corbucci
Joseph CottonNorma BengellAl Mulock
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4.2 out of 5 stars

57 global ratings

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  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
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M.H.Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie
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I liked this movie
green manalishiReviewed in the United States on March 31, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
Another One Bites The Dust
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A lot of the plot devices are a little too convenient and dialogue often comes off kind of and stagey and over-enunciated, but if you can see past that, The Hellbenders takes a few less than likable characters on some occasionally unexpected turns and may be enjoyable for its 1967 spaghetti western vibe. By the end of the movie I felt it had fairly captured something unique in Western poetic pathos. Thus a 4 instead of 3-star rating. I deliberated, beleive me.

This movie is one step up from B western movie fare, but only a step - still, fans of the era might find it worthwhile.

Set just after the civil war, a murderous ex-confederate general and his sons assault and steal a large sum of money from the cavalry in order to re-start the Southern war effort against the Yanks.
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Grapey GrimesReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great flick!
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Go ahead and order this if youre debating the purchase. It's one of the best Italian westerns I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of them. The plot, acting, and direction are great, especially for this genre. There is a gritty "pulp" feel to the story, which is original and unlike most westerns I've seen. The Hellbenders is a real gem among turds and I'm surprised it's not more popular with cult film hounds.

Joseph Cotten gives us the centerpiece performance, adding a kind of credibility to the picture that draws the whole together. Another reviewer states that he seems tired and probably only took the job for the money. I agree, but given the character he plays here, I think the fact that you can see he's aging and tired really adds to this character's believability.

The print is pretty clean and presented in widescreen format. Definitely worth owning, this has become a favorite in my large DVD collection.
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William H.Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Spaghetti chic
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Forget historical accuracy and weapons from about a decade after the Civil War. A movie with principal characters who are villains is worthy of note. Ignore the spaghetti Western trappings and watch the story unfold. I would like to see this remade with today's productions values. And hellbender is a salmander, the significance of which is lost on me.
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electroaddictReviewed in the United States on February 2, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Hellbenders AKA The Cruel Ones (1967)
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The streaming quality isn't great (it's certainly not "digitally remastered"), but that doesn't matter. If you look past the crude visuals you'll see one absolutely fantastic Western. Lots of tension and a few unexpected twists. Great characters and dialog. A 5-star film all around!
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C. BurkhalterReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not Digitally Remastered
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I like this one, and recommend it if you've enjoyed any of Sergio Corbucci's other films (The Great Silence, etc.). However, the edition available to stream on Amazon Prime at this time is certainly not "Digitally Remastered," as claimed.
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William JeroldReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
I didn't finish watching this movie because it was not what I wanted towatch at the time
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To be fair, I didn't finish watching this movie because it was not what I wanted to watch at the time. I generally like watching J. Cotton act - sometimes a lot, but this one just didn't catch my attention at the beginning. I might go back and try again.
Frederick August Miles IIIReviewed in the United States on July 25, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A sought after Spaghetti Western.
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I had on VHS & DVD. I let go of my last print and had hard time finding it again until now. A quality print not a bad price, and Sergio Corbuci at that.
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