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With a few exceptions, The Hellbenders does not feature any familiar faces you might have seen in other spaghetti westerns. Joseph Cotten stars as Jonas, the Confederate colonel who is trying single-handedly to restart the Civil War. Jonas is as driven as they come and will stop at nothing to get the money to safety. Julian Mateos gives an excellent performance as Ben, one of Jonas' sons who was born of a different mother than his brothers. Along the way, Ben begins to question if what they're doing is right and just how far Jonas will go.Read more ›
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.
The ratings for this film are all over the place. Some viewers say it’s trash whereas others grant it a surprisingly high grade; and I can see why on both counts. Let’s look at the positives and negatives respectively.
While some complain about Joseph Cotton’s supposedly wooden performance, his deadpan expressions superbly capture his character’s single-minded vision. Jonas’ family is nigh insane because they refuse to admit that the Civil War has been lost. His ultimate harebrained purpose is to finance a renewed Civil War. Everything else is secondary, including life itself. Hauling their loot around in a coffin is a symbol for the hopelessness of their cause. You’ll hear Jonas talk about God & Scripture now and then, but it’s all outward adornment, even while I’m sure he’s sincere.Read more ›
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Joseph Cotton looked good in his shot at a spaghetti western. A standard post civil war tale of a family that rob a union outfit of over a million dollars and attempt to take it... Read morePublished 22 months ago by dhart
What an awful movie. I had such high hopes with this one. I'm a huge fan of the Western, and the spaghetti Western is one of my favorites. Read morePublished on October 28, 2010 by D. Hilts
For years, I had a dupey washed out copy of this film and finally Anchor Bay has given us the definitive release of this underrated Spaghetti Western. Read morePublished on July 20, 2010 by William Amazzini
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. Read morePublished on November 3, 2009 by Grapey Grimes