Blood River / Dieci bianchi uccisi da un piccolo indiano (Gianfranco Baldanello, 1974)


(Phil H) #1

http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Dieci_bianchi_uccisi_da_un_piccolo_indiano

An interesting film this, with a good cast and an intriguing story but its obviously low low budget and messy construction holds it back. Difficult to judge how much of this was down to Baldanello as the version I watched was full of random jumps and looks like it has had about 15 minutes hacked out of it. But what was there had some really promising elements and I imagine looked good on the page to Ireland and Neri at the time. Certainly seems like a film which could have been much better than it appears at first glance.

Interesting in that it has a strong Indian presence in the story (unusual in Spaghettis) but also that the obvious thread of vengeance in the storyline is actually intertwined with more compelling issues of incest. On the down side it features one of the worst fake moustaches ever appearing on film (how did an actor as experienced as Ireland agree to this?) and is shot in and around Tirrenia Studios in northern Italy which never looks right for a western in my opinion and adds to the cheap look and feel of the whole thing. However, I actually quite enjoyed this one, not least because it gives a proper role for Rosalba Neri which I always think is a plus. It has its faults for sure but I really felt like their was a good film in here trying to get out.

One final point. On checking our database entry for this film I found that it lists Julie Newmar as appearing as Isidra. This is clearly not true. On a hunch I checked Weisser and sure enough there was the same error. I can only assume that whoever added the cast list for us took Tommy Boy at face value. A lesson we have all learned to avoid in the past. I will change it now.


(Phil H) #2

Oh yes, another thing. Jose Manuel Martin is listed also in our database as appearing in this and I honestly never saw him. However, he is not listed by Weisser but is by Giusti so I’m not sure whether he perhaps was in the original release but was lost in the cuts to the version I saw. Or maybe I just missed him or he was as much an imaginary player as Julie Newmar. (I’ve left him in the cast list for now in case someone can confirm his participation)


(ENNIOO) #3

Interesting story like you say, and no sign of slapstick comedy in this one for such a late entry in the Spaghetti cycle. Thought Fabio looked a little on the thin side, as though he could with a few servings of pie and chips. Spot on Phil re the moustache.


(Phil H) #4

Yes, Testi is a bit on the lean side and as you say could certainly do with a decent feed. Perhaps some mushy peas with the pie? :wink:


(ENNIOO) #5

Mushy peas sounds good :wink: .


(Bill san Antonio) #6

I have asked this before but I didn’t get the ending. What was it all about? Who was the father of the child?


(Phil H) #7

Spoilers

Don’t read this if you don’t want to know the ending!

The child’s father was Ringo not Ben Webster but the mother turned out to be Old man Webster’s bastard half breed offspring sired when he raped the Indian woman at the film’s beginning. That’s why the baby looks Indian. (That is unless I missed something.)


(scherpschutter) #8

[quote=“Phil H, post:7, topic:2359”]Spoilers

Don’t read this if you don’t want to know the ending!

The child’s father was Ringo not Ben Webster but the mother turned out to be Old man Webster’s bastard half breed offspring sired when he raped the Indian woman at the film’s beginning. That’s why the baby looks Indian. (That is unless I missed something.)[/quote]

This is so complicated that it’s not a real spoiler

“The girl’s father was actually the mother who married the sister of the girl’s uncle’s wife”


(chuck connors brother) #9

In the end this film was just too much of a soap opera for me…

Great score though, recognized it from the Cut Throat’s Nine trailer… so not sure where it previously came from?


(The Man With a Name) #10

Does anyone know where I can get a copy in English? :slight_smile:


(The Man With a Name) #11

I enjoyed this one a lot. The Indians are a peculiar bunch. I think they’re meant to be Apaches but they refer to Manitou, a deity among eastern Algonquin tribes. I can forgive its silliness since it’s an Italian western. I thought the story was pretty good. Quite an unusual spaghetti.


#12

A harrowing motion picture about Greed! Lust! Carnage! Revenge! Incest! Murder! Rape! Bad Hair Indians! – Features Rosalba Neri’s final appearance in a Western movie (of seventeen in total).


(The Man With a Name) #13

I guess it wasn’t technically incest since she was adopted. :smile:


#14

No, not with Ringo Hammond (Fabio Testi), whose father, Tom Hammond, adopted Katherine (Neri). But she marries her half-brother, Ben Webster (Michael Rivers), whose father, Abel Webster (John Ireland), is also Katherine’s father and, after the marriage, her father-in-law as well.


(The Man With a Name) #15

Of course! I’m going to have to watch this one again. Honestly, I didn’t expect to like it that much since I had read some negative reviews. Hopefully I like it as much the second time.