Wednesday, August 29, 2018

50th Anniversary of “Run, Man, Run”

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the release in Rome, Italy of Sergio Corbucci’s “Corri uomo corri” (Run, Man, Run) starring Tomás Milian, Donald O’Brien and Chelo Alonso.

A Mexican peon named Cuchillo is seen stealing a loaf of bread and almost ends up being shot by a fire squad about to execute a revolutionary. Cuchillo manages to escape the hectic scene and jumps on his horse and rides away. After stealing a precious watch he's thrown in jail, where he happens to be sharing a cell with a revolutionary poet called Ramirez, who offers him $100 to break him out and flee with him to Texas, where he has hidden a sum of $300,000. With the money, Ramirez wants to finance the Revolution against Diaz. Cuchillo goes along with the escape plan, but when the two men arrive in a village near the border, they are captured by the revolutionary bandit Reza. Ramirez is killed, but in his dying moments, he hands over a newspaper to Cuchillo, telling him that it's a clue as to where the treasure is hidden. Cuchillo now heads for Texas. Also interested in the gold, are two warring revolutionary factions, an American sheriff, Daniel Cassidy, who’s now turned bounty hunter, two French federal agents and a Salvation Army missionary named Penny Bannington. There's also his fiancée Dolores, who desperately wants to marry him, even though he's a pig. In the end Cassidy and Cuchillo team-up to turn the tide in their favor and Cuchillo ends up a hero of the revolution.

Corri uomo corri – Italian title
Un uomo e un coltello – Italian title
Saludos, hombre – French title
Flygt mand – flygt – Danish title
Ratasta henkesi edesta – Finnish title
Lauf um dein Leben – German title
Prohora, katharma, prohora – Greek title
Corre, homen corre – Portuguese title
Cuando un valiente corre – Spanish title
Corre, chuchillo, corre! – Spanish title
Mannen med kastknirvana – Swedish title
Kos adam, kos – Turkish title
Big Gundown 2 – English title
Run, Man Run – English title

A 1967 Italian, French co-production [Mancori (Rome), Chretien (Pairs)]
Producers: A. Mancori (Alvaro Mancori), A.M. Chretien (Anna Maria Chretien)
Director: Sergio Sollima
Story: Sergio Sollima
Screenplay: Sergio Sollima, Pompeo De Angelis
Cinematography: Guglielmo Mancori [Eastmancolor, Cromoscope]
Music: Bruno Nicolai
Song: “Espancto en el corazon” sung by Tomás Milian (Tomás Rodríguez)
Running time: 120 minutes

Manuel ‘Cuchillo’ Sanchez Detto – Tomás Milian (Tomás Rodríguez)
Daniel/Nathaniel Cassidy – Donald O’Brien (Donal O’Brien)
Penny Bannington – Linda Veras (Sieglinde Veras)
Michael – Marco Guglielmi (Augustino Guglielmi)
Ramirez – José Torres (José Medina)
Jean-Paul – Edwin G. Ross (Luciano Rossi)
Riza – Nello Pazzafini (Giovanni Pazzafini)
Santillana – John Ireland
Dolores – Chelo Alonso (Alicia Garcia)
Fernando Lopez – Calisto Calisti
Manuel Etchevaria – Attilio Dottesio
Mayor Christopher Bennett – Gianni Rizzo (Giovanni Rizzo)
Mateos – Dan May (Dante Maggio)
Sheriff Arthur – Freddy Unger (Goffredo Unger)
Steve Wilkins – Rick Boyd (Federico Boido)
Raul – Orso Maria Guerrini
Pablo – Noé Murayama
Jose – José Marco (José Roselló)
Mexican Sergeant – Pietro Tordi
Blacksmith – Osiride Pevarello
Waitress – Esmeralda Barros (Esmerlinda Barros)
Mexican officer – Ricardo Palacios (Ricardo Diez)
With: Umberto Di Grazia, Angelo Susani

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