The Unholy Four (1970)

  • Genre: Western
  • Release year: 1970 (1970-03-11)
  • Running time: 95 min
  • Original Title: Ciakmull - L'uomo della vendetta
  • Voted: 299
Ciakmull - L'uomo della vendetta is a movie starring Leonard Mann, Woody Strode, and Pietro Martellanza. A young man who has lost his memory, escapes from prison with three other convicts. The other men help him find back bits of...
1Leonard MannChuck Mool a.k.a. Ciakmull
2Woody StrodeWoody
3Pietro MartellanzaSilver
4George EastmanHondo
  • An above average western with superior camerawork. 6/27/2001 12:00:00 AM by libertyvalance 7

    The script for this revenge western manages to avoid most pitfalls that threaten most run of the mill productions of the genre. The story of four men, escaped from a lunatic asylum, helping a friend of theirs to revenge himself on the man who almost killed him gives room to the usual nonsensical duels and shootouts. It is here, however, that truly inspired camerawork leaves us breathless. The antics of the four men bring a healthy dose of humor and diversity to the script and director Enzo Carboni knows how to bring out their different characters. As is often the case, an American actor is hired to make the film more attractive for the US market. Gun for hire this time around is Woody Strode, who visibly has a lot of fun playing the simple but loyal brute. A hugely enjoyable spaghetti western, then, from the man who brought us the Trinity films starring Terence Hill.

  • A sadly overlooked masterpiece from the man who brought us the Trinity films. 10/10/2000 12:00:00 AM by Junkie-6 10

    Starting with the very first scene, this flawed masterpiece of pastaland gunslingin' grabs your attention and keeps it locked in until the final, intricately choreographed shootout.

    When some bank robbers set fire to the local nut-house to create a diversion, four inmates manage to escape and take in on the run. One is an amnesiac who is searching for his identity and in the process the four find themselves on the trail of the bank robbers. The trail leads to a town where Chuck Mool's family is located, but who are they? And why is everyone in town deathly afraid of him?

    The plot outline may not sound like much but this top-notch spag is excellently made with great camerawork, a well written script, exciting, intricately choreographed action and hell, even the costumes and sets are done with style.

    It's not just plot that makes a classic spag, but character bits, atmosphere and action, and this one's got it in spades. One of the more amusing character moments is when Eastman finds Strode in the local church cheerfully playing the organ and singing hymns while an exhausted preacher, in fear of his life, is madly pumping the instrument.

    From blazing infernos and barroom brawls to cat n' mouse gunfights in dark cemeteries this one is a winner from the first frame. Too bad nobody seems to know about it.

  • Acceptable and decent Spaghetti Western about a group of four convicts who escape from a mental penitentiary and face off lots of dangers 4/25/2017 12:00:00 AM by ma-cortes 6

    A band of tough gunslingers carry out a diversionary heavy fire set-up in a State Mental Prison as part of their scheme to rob a gold shipment in a bank of Dodge City . Meanwhile , four convicts escape together from a madhouse , these are the followings inmates : One of them is a young called Chuck Mool played by Leonard Mann , Woody Strode as Woody , Pietro Martellanza (as Peter Martell) as Silver and George Eastman (as Luca Montefiori and screenwriter , though uncredited) as Hondo . One of the escaped reveals his name , Chuck Mool , ¨a man without past¨ , as he hasn't records . Without memory , he gone back from a dark past and the three other convicts with reputation for being fast-guns help him to getaway and to find back bits of his existence . As the gang being pursued and chased by a sheriff (Enzo Fiermonte) and bounty hunters , they are detained but they get escaped . Later on , some tracks lead them in a small town that turns out to be the Chuck Mool's hometown , a location dominated by violent gangs and nasty gunfighters . In that place there are dangerous bands and two warring families led by Udo family and Joe Caldwell (Helmuth Schneider) family and their sons and hoodlums . Chuck is reintroduced to his family but things go wrong . There he learns that has been paid to avenge against nasty villainous , as he has to kill a wealthy owner , but then to be aware he results to be his father .

    This exciting Spaghetti contains noisy action , thrills , riding pursuits , shootouts , brawls at saloon in Hill/Spencer style , and turns out to be a passable Western and entertaining enough . There is a breathtaking final showdown between the protagonist , his friends and their enemies , as well as a dramatic result when things come to a tragic denouement . The picture is starred by Leonard Mann as the young man who has lost his memory , an amnesiac who hopes to find out who he is and where he comes from . Mann is good in his usual two-fisted role , he starred two classy Pasta western : ¨Gunmen of Ave Maria¨ and ¨Vengeance Is a Dish Eaten Cold¨. Other colleagues who escaped from prison are the followings convicts : George Eastman or Luigi Montefiori as his partner . Luigi starred as an extra but Italian westerns soon followed , usually under the pseudonym "George Eastman" . He once reportedly missed out on a role in a Franco Nero western because his height made Franco Nero look too short . As he performed several Pasta Westerns , such as : ¨Django Taciturno¨, "Django Sees Red" , ¨Keoma¨ , "Humpty Dumpty Gang" , "The Unholy Four" , and "The Three Musketeers of the West". Never quite "typed" , Luigi played some of them as main actor , others as secondary player . Soon moved into other film genres playing good guys , bad guys, and good-bad guys . These parts often exploited his athletic physique by having him remove his shirt, perhaps most memorably in Lina Wertmüller's Belle Starr (1968) . And the American Woody Strode who starred the John Ford classic , ¨Sergeant Rutledge¨ , and other Spaghettis as ¨Boot Hill¨ , ¨Shalako¨ , ¨The deserter¨ , ¨Keoma¨, among others . And Peter Martell who starred a lot of Spaghetti , such as : ¨Two Brothers, One Death¨ , ¨Two crosses in Condor Pass¨ , ¨Long day of massacre¨ , "His Name Was Pot... But They Called Him Allegria" and ¨Forgotten Pistolero" along with Leonard Mann . Charismatic acting for the whole support cast . Secondary cast is plenty of familiar faces from Spaghetti Western , such as : Luciano Rossi , Enzo Fiermonte , Remo De Angelis, Roberto Del'Aqua , Romano Puppo and the beautiful Evelyn Stewart or Ida Galli .

    Emotive as well as thrilling musical score by Riz Ortalani , this soundtrack is one of the best parts of the film , plenty of catching and attractive sounds , including an attractive leitmotif . Colorful and evocative cinematography by Mario Montuori . The motion picture was well directed by Barboni . Barboni was a good professional , a nice craftsman who directed various films of all kinds of genres . He began working as a prestigious cameraman who turned to filmmaking and creating the super hit ¨Tritiny is my name¨ , following ¨Trinity is still my name¨ and a third sequel : The troublemakers¨ , besides other Terence Hill , Bud Spencer vehicles .

  • A Bit Slow At First, But Not Bad 1/24/2010 12:00:00 AM by FightingWesterner 6

    Amnesiac Leonard Mann escapes from a sanitarium with fellow inmates Woody Strode, George Eastman, and Peter Martell. The four make their way to a town where Mann's father and angry brother are feuding with vicious rivals that try to use him and his state of amnesia for their own benefit.

    This re-teaming of Mann and Martell (after The Forgotten Pistolero) has an intriguing premise and a slew of familiar faces, but takes way too much time for things to heat up. Everyone involved has definitely done better.

    That being said, this isn't bad. The four leads have great chemistry and keep things fairly interesting. The direction by E.B. Clutcher (best known for They Call Me Trinity and it's sequel) is adequate enough and the final thirty minutes fairly good.

    The actress that plays Mann's love interest here, previously played his mother!

  • An okay, if a somewhat slow, spaghetti western 11/5/2016 12:00:00 AM by Wizard-8 7

    This spaghetti western might have been the germ of inspiration for the movie "Four of the Apocalypse", which came out five years after this one. (Though both movies only have a few minor similarities in the end.) Anyway, while "Apocalypse" has in recent years been rediscovered and acclaimed, this one has mostly been forgotten. To a degree, this is understandable. As others here have pointed out, the movie is quite slow, not only taking a very long time to set up the plot and characters, but also that the last third of the movie drags at times. Strangely, even though the movie doesn't have all that much plot elements, not only are most of the members of "the unholy four" not fleshed out well, there's at least one plot thread that's unresolved at the end.

    But despite the sluggish pace, the movie does have its share of rewards. While there isn't a terrible amount of action, what there is (ranging from gun fights to fist fights) actually packs some punch, thanks to the skillful direction and editing. The musical score, while a little repetitive, is upbeat and pleasing to the ears. And while the movie is often slow and uneventful, it's a credit to the filmmakers that all the same things never get downright boring. While the movie isn't really all that memorable - I'm sure I'll eventually forget everything I saw in it - it does manage to engage and entertain the viewer while he or she watches it.

1Mario Montuoricinematographer
2Riz Ortolanicomposer
3Enzo Barbonidirector
4Eugenio Alabisoeditor
5Franco Rossettiwriter
6Mario di Nardowriter