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The Hills Run Red (1966)

Un fiume di dollari (original title)
Approved | | Action, Western | 9 September 1966 (Italy)
At the end of the Civil War, 2 Confederates holding stolen Union money and chased by Union troops separate, one escaping with the loot and the other getting a 5-year prison term.


Carlo Lizzani (as Lee W. Beaver)


Piero Regnoli (story and screenplay) (as Dean Craig)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Hunter ... Jerry Brewster / Jim Houston
Henry Silva ... Garcia Mendez
Dan Duryea ... Col. Winny Getz
Nando Gazzolo Nando Gazzolo ... Ken Seagull / Ken Milton
Nicoletta Machiavelli ... Mary Ann
Gianna Serra Gianna Serra ... Hattie Gardner
Loris Loddi ... Tim Brewster
Geoffrey Copleston Geoffrey Copleston ... Brian Horner
Sandro Dori Sandro Dori
Guido Celano Guido Celano ... Jonathan Burger, Ferrier
Paolo Magalotti Paolo Magalotti ... Stayne
Gianluigi Crescenzi ... Carson
Tiberio Mitri Tiberio Mitri ... Federal Sergeant
Fiorella Ferrero Fiorella Ferrero
Vittorio Bonos Vittorio Bonos ... Gambler #1


After the Civil War ends, two soldiers return home with a cache of stolen money. They are caught by Union troops. One escapes, but the other is sent to prison for five years. When he gets out and goes home, he finds that his wife has died in poverty because his partner kept all the money, and is now a major power in the area with an army of deadly gunmen to back him up. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The man who had five years to think about killing... his best friend! Finally they meet... See more »


Action | Western


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Release Date:

9 September 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

River of Dollars See more »

Filming Locations:

Colmenar Viejo, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The Hills Run Red takes place in approximately 1870 in what appears to be Austin, TX. In the big shootout, Dan Duryea is shooting from the roof of a building housing a newspaper called The Austin Chronicle. In Austin, TX there is a weekly newspaper established in 1981 called The Austin Chronicle. See more »


Garcia Mendez: Senor, in this life there are those who talk a lot, and those who keep their hatred and desire for vengeance hidden in their hearts. I promise you that Horner will regret the day he was born. I promise you that he will loose five of his men for every one of my hombres killed. And I promise you that I will discover who betrayed us and I will kill him with my own hands
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Referenced in A History of Dollars (2008) See more »


Home to My Love
Lyrics by Audrey Nohra
Music by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Gianna Spagnolo
Recorded on Ricordi Records
Published by DINO
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No classic, but okay of its type.
21 September 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Jerry Brewster (Thomas Hunter) and Ken Seagull (Nando Gazzolo) are two ex-Confederates who've successfully stolen some of the governments' money. Realizing that only one of them can make good his escape, they draw cards, and Ken, having drawn the higher card, is allowed to bail out with the money. Jerry is captured by Union forces and imprisoned for five years. Unfortunately, he learns after being released that his wife died poor because Ken hogged all the money for himself. And now Ken is a bigshot in the small community of Austin. It's a given that Jerry is going to be ripe for revenge...

"The Hills Run Red", as directed by former critic Carlo Lizzani, is no great shakes, but offers a decent amount of entertainment. Its pace is acceptable, its photography nicely done, and its action reasonably rousing. Using the pseudonym of "Leo Nichols", Ennio Morricone composes the score; it's definitely one of his lesser efforts, but even so, lesser Morricone is still pretty good. The songs are certainly sung with passion. The script by Piero Regnoli is mostly straightforward, but it's got one interesting detail up its sleeve: the character of Colonel Winny Getz, played engagingly by genre veteran Dan Duryea. You're never quite sure what this guy's deal is until the end.

The acting is variable. Some members of the cast come off fairly well, such as the beautiful ladies Nicoletta Machiavelli and Gianna Serra, Gazzolo as the understated villain, and Geoffrey Copleston as saloon owner Brian Horner. Hunter delivers a performance that is amusingly over the top at certain points. But the most entertaining acting to watch is courtesy of a hilariously hammy Henry Silva, playing Seagulls' minion Garcia Mendez. There's nothing subtle about this guy; even his wardrobe is all black.

"The Hills Run Red" kills time easily enough for those who are devotees of the Spaghetti Western genre.

Six out of 10.

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