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The Man Who Cried for Revenge (1968)

The Man Who Cried Revenge (1968) poster Anthony Steffan is Davy Flanagan, a former Union officer who was part of an attempt to break out of a Confederate prison camp during the Civil War and suffered with a blow to the head that left him with amnesia.

Then a bounty hunter shows up to collect a bounty on his head as a deserter. Davy manages another escape. In the process, he discovers the secret to his past might be found in the town of Dixon.

Once there, he’s scorned by townsfolk who have also heard of his desertion. In fact, rumor has it he deserted the Union army and became commandant of a Rebel prisoner of war camp.

But he finds one man who professes to be his friend — Sam Kellogg (William Berger).

Of course, Kellogg also spirits Clay Hackett (Claudio Undari) out of town quickly because he’s living with Davy’s wife Lisa (Ida Galli). And he lures Davy into a trap that could lead to the gallows.

Ah, but Davy escapes yet again. Next stop: Goldfield, a town ruled by bandit Crazy Joe and his men. And this time, he’s taking Sam Kellogg along for the ride.

Review:

This is a film that starts promisingly enough. Add a snappy score and the presence of Steffan, Galli, Berger and Undari … well, all the makings are there for top-notch Spaghetti fun.

But the filmmakers seemed to run out of story about about a half hour, and the movie turns into an excuse to stage one gunfight — or fistfight — after another.

Bandit leader Crazy Joe, his second-in-command Dirty and whiskey runner / gun runner Armenian all seem to show up in the movie just to be gunned down.

That said, director Caiano stages an elaborate final showdown, full of cat and mouse antics — if you care by that point.

Ida Galli is once again the damsel in distress. The twist this time: Her plight and life with outlaw Clay Hackett has prompted her to turn to the bottle to get through each day.

Anthony Steffen as Dave Flanagan in The Man Who Cried for Revenge (1969)

Anthony Steffen as Dave Flanagan in The Man Who Cried for Revenge (1968)

William Berger as Sam Kellogg

William Berger as Sam Kellogg in The Man Who Cried Revenge (1968)

Directed by:
Mario Caiano
as William Hawkins

Cast:
Antonio De Teffe … Davy Flanagan
as Anthony Steffen
Ida Galli … Lisa Flanagan
as Evelyn Stewart
William Berger … Sam Kellogg
Claudio Undari … Clay Hackett
as Robert Hundar
Jean Louis … bounty hunter
Mario Brego … Dirty
Rossella Bergamonti … whore
Fortunato Arena … Crazy Joe
Raffaele Baldassarre … Armenian
as Raf Baldassarre

Runtime: 100 min.

aka
Il suo nome gridava vendetta
A Name

that Cried Revenge
Cry for Revenge

Score: Robby Poitevin

Ida Galli (Evelyn Stewart) as Lisa Flanagan in The Man Who Cried for Revenge (1969)

Ida Galli (Evelyn Stewart) as Lisa Flanagan in The Man Who Cried for Revenge (1968)

Claudio Undari (Robert Hundar) as Clay Hackett in The Man Who Cried for Revenge (1969)

Claudio Undari (Robert Hundar) as Clay Hackett in The Man Who Cried for Revenge (1968)

Memorable lines:

Sam Kellogg: “Then you have forgotten.”
Davy Flanagan: “The effect of a head injury. Because of that bullet, the past has no meaning. It begins in a white room of dying soldiers. Somehow, I got away. But I’ve been living another kind of death.”

Prison wagon guard: “A hellhole like Goldfield. I wouldn’t take my mother-in-law there.”
Prison wagon driver: “Send my mother-in-law in there, and she’d have them singing hymns in an hour.”

Crazy Joe to Lisa: “I taught Clay a lot of fine things. And for everything I taught him, I kept two more to myself.”

Sam Kellogg: “You want to explain to me why you wanted to ruin my shot?”
Clay Hackett: “Don’t you know. You could have killed Lisa. You’re better at using big words than you are at firing a gun.”

Sam Kellogg to Davy: “Let me finish you with one gentle bullet.”

Fortuno Arena as Crazy Joe in The Man Who Cried for Revenge (1969)

Fortuno Arena as Crazy Joe in The Man Who Cried for Revenge (1968)

Mario Brega as Dirty in The Man Who Cried for Revenge (1969)

Mario Brega as Dirty in The Man Who Cried for Revenge (1968)

Raff Baldassarre as Armenian in The Man Who Cried for Revenge (1969)

Raff Baldassarre as Armenian in The Man Who Cried for Revenge (1969)

Jean Louis as the bounty hunter in The Man Who Cried for Revenge (1969)

Jean Louis as the bounty hunter in The Man Who Cried for Revenge (1968)

Rossella Bergamonti as the whore in The Man Who Cried for Revenge (1969)

Rossella Bergamonti as the whore in The Man Who Cried for Revenge (1968)

Anthony Steffen as Davy Flanagan in The Man Who Cried for Revenge (1969)

Anthony Steffen as Davy Flanagan in The Man Who Cried for Revenge (1968)

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