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The Revengers (1972)

PG | | Western | 19 April 1973 (Mexico)
When a rancher's family is massacred by a gang of outlaws, he assembles a mean team of convicts as his posse to pursue the killers.

Director:

Daniel Mann

Writers:

Wendell Mayes (screenplay), Steven W. Carabatsos (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... John Benedict
Ernest Borgnine ... Hoop
Woody Strode ... Job
Roger Hanin ... Quiberon
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Zweig (as Rene Koldehoff)
Jorge Luke ... Chamaco
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ... Cholo (as Jorge Martinez de Hoyos)
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Free State
Warren Vanders Warren Vanders ... Tarp
Larry Pennell ... Arny
John Kelly John Kelly ... Whitcomb
Scott Holden Scott Holden ... Lieutenant
James Daughton ... Morgan
Lorraine Chanel Lorraine Chanel ... Mrs. Benedict
Raúl Pérez Prieto Raúl Pérez Prieto ... Warden (as Raul Prieto)
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Storyline

The life of peaceful rancher John Benedict (William Holden) is torn apart when his family is massacred by a gang of marauding outlaws and his farm is destroyed. He assembles a team of mean, lawless convicts to act as his posse as he pursues the gang responsible for the deaths of his loved ones. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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He bought six men out of hell and they brought it with them.

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1973 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Revengers See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mary Ure was originally cast as Elizabeth Reilly but was forced to withdraw due to commitment to a London stage play. See more »

Goofs

When the Indians first charge the garrison, the first shot from the defenders' point of view shows dead Indians already in front of the defenses. See more »

Quotes

Hoop: He's in the hole! Yes, sir, the same hole we was in! I heard that, I almost wet myself laughing.
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Connections

Referenced in Les Chic (1972) See more »

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There have been much worse westerns, I guess...
21 February 2015 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

As others here and elsewhere have noted, "The Revengers" is an obvious attempt to emulate "The Wild Bunch" and "The Dirty Dozen", from its casting William Holden and Ernest Borgnine, to the idea of hiring criminals to go on a dangerous mission. Though as derivative this movie is, it could all the same been a lot of fun in the right hands, but the movie ends up being kind of flat. One of the biggest problems with the movie is the direction by Daniel Mann. The movie is lacking grit and the necessary hard edge a revenge western really needs. Even the times when the bullets start to fly, the action mostly has a been there, done that feeling. (Though the climatic sequence does have some excitement.) But there are problems with the script as well. It doesn't script that many action moments, for one thing (it takes almost half the movie before the first true action scene comes.) The story also plods along with a lot of filler, such as the whole unnecessary sequence with Susan Hayward. While the movie never gets to the point of being boring, it is definitely lacking sufficient punch to entertain more than just die hard western fans. It's no surprise that it was a box office disappointment, though the then declining popularity of the western genre as a whole probably played a part as well.


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