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Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! (1967) More at IMDbPro »Se sei vivo spara (original title)

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Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! -- Generally considered to be the most violent Western ever made, DJANGO KILL (aka If You Live, Shoot!) is a surreal, gothic vision of indubitable pedigree. Directed by Fellini associate Giulio Questi (director of Death Laid An Egg and assistant director of La Dolce Vita), the film was co-written and edited by Bernardo Bertolucci's regular writing partner and editor Franco Arcali (Last Tango In Paris; 1900; also the co-writer of Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time In America and Michelangelo Antonioni's editing collaborator on Zabriskie Point) and stars Tomas Milian (Traffic; The Yards; Amistad), Ray Lovelock (The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue; Fidder On The Roof) and Piero Lulli (My Name Is Nobody).

Now fully restored from the original Italian negative materials DJANGO KILL is being released on DVD by Argent Films in the most complete version of the film available, including, for the first time, two graphically violent scenes never before seen in the UK.

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Director:
Writers:
Franco Arcalli (story) &
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Release Date:
3 May 1967 (West Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
Terror from the depths of hell!
Plot:
Various factions including a Mexican Bandit, a gang of Homosexual Cowboys and a Priest feud over stolen gold in a surreal town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Outlandish as well as violent Spaghetti/Paella Western co-produced between Italy and Spain See more (27 total) »

Cast

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Tomas Milian ... The Stranger
Marilù Tolo ... Lori
Piero Lulli ... Oaks
Milo Quesada ... Bill Templer
Miguel Serrano
Francisco Sanz ... Hagerman (as Paco Sanz)
Ángel Silva

Sancho Gracia ... Willy (as Félix Sancho Gracia)
Mirella Pamphili ... Woman in Town (as Mirella Panfili)
Ray Lovelock ... Evan (as Raymond Lovelock)
Roberto Camardiel ... Mr. Sorrow
Patrizia Valturri ... Elizabeth Hagerman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Calogero Azzaretto ... Uomo di Sorrow (uncredited)
Frank Braña ... Tembler's henchman (uncredited)
Sisto Brunetti ... Sorrow henchman (uncredited)
Gene Collins ... Collins (uncredited)
Eduardo de Santis ... (uncredited)
Rafael Hernández ... Richie (uncredited)

Antonio Pica ... Tembler's henchman (uncredited)
Herman Reynoso ... Bearded townsman (uncredited)
Fernando Villena ... Oaks gang member (uncredited)
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Directed by
Giulio Questi 
 
Writing credits
Franco Arcalli (story and screenplay) &
Giulio Questi (story and screenplay)

María del Carmen Martínez Román (from an idea by) (as Ma del Carmen M. Roman)

Benedetto Benedetti (screenplay collaboration)

Franco Arcalli  story
María del Carmen Martínez Román  story
Giulio Questi  story

Produced by
Alessandro Jacovoni .... producer (as Alex J. Rascal)
Giulio Questi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ivan Vandor 
 
Cinematography by
Franco Delli Colli 
 
Film Editing by
Franco Arcalli 
 
Production Design by
Enzo Bulgarelli 
 
Art Direction by
José Luis Galicia 
Jaime Pérez Cubero 
 
Makeup Department
Enzo Baraldi .... makeup artist
Lina Cassini .... hair stylist
Adela del Pino .... makeup artist
María Sánchez Gadeo .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Renato De Pasqualis .... production manager
Alex J. Rascal .... production manager
Ángel Rosson y Rubio .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianni Amelio .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Aurelio Pennacchia .... sound effects montage
Goffredo Salvatori .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fernando Gallandt .... assistant camera
Roberto Marrama .... camera operator: second unit
Ricardo Poblete .... first unit camera operator
Santiago Zuazo .... assistant camera
 
Other crew
Marisol de Villanueva .... script girl
Ferruccio Amendola .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Fiorella Betti .... voice dubbing: Patrizia Valturri (uncredited)
Maria Pia Di Meo .... voice dubbing: Marilù Tolo (uncredited)
Sergio Graziani .... voice dubbing: Piero Lulli (uncredited)
Pino Locchi .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Pino Locchi .... voice dubbing: Milo Quesada (uncredited)
Mario Pisu .... voice dubbing: Roberto Camardiel (uncredited)
Massimo Turci .... voice dubbing: Tomas Milian (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Se sei vivo spara" - Italy (original title)
"Django, Kill! (If You Live Shoot!)" - USA
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Runtime:
100 min | UK:90 min | Italy:117 min (original version) | West Germany:112 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:MA | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:(Banned) (1968) | France:U | Germany:18 (uncut) (re-rating) (2013) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:X | UK:15 (2004) | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut) (original rating) | West Germany:16 (heavily cut) (VHS) (1988)

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Trivia:
According to the actors and director, the producers decided to release the movie in countries outside Italy as "Django, Kill!" as a way to take advantage of the success of a prior release, Django (1966) starring Franco Nero. In reality, "Django" had nothing to do with "Se sei Vivo Spara."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: One of the hanged men is plainly breathing (albeit shallowly) in the foreground, to the viewer's right, as the Stranger is washing-up (after shooting Oaks) in the background.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Zorro:Pancho, you idiot, you didn't have to kill him, did ya?!
Pancho:I'm sorry sir. But all my life, I've searched for gold. And this man is full of it.
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Featured in The Spaghetti West (2005) (V)See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Outlandish as well as violent Spaghetti/Paella Western co-produced between Italy and Spain, 10 December 2013
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

Italian/Spanish production full of action , excessive characters , shootouts and lots of violence . For money, for pleasure, for revenge, he doesn't care why he kills or how . Mexican outlaw Django (Tomas Milian) is part of a gang of robbers that steal a cargo of gold from an army stagecoach . However, the Americans led by Oaks (Piero Lulli) in the group betray him, and shoot all the Mexicans . Mestizo Django is not completely dead though, and crawls his way out of his shallow grave , being saved by some Indians , going on his chase of the gold, and exacting a bloody vendetta . The stranger teams up with two Indians and head west for vengeance . The Stranger or Django is on the trail of some renegade outlaws and en route he arrives in a little town . There are various factions including a Mexican Bandit , a gang of Homosexual Cowboys (Sancho Gracia , among others) led by Mr Sorrow (Robert Camardiel) , a saloon owner (Milo Quesada) , a preacher (Francisco Sanz) feud over stolen gold in the surreal town . Django goes out to avenge his former colleagues , battling murderous and saved from an impromptu hanging . The stranger executes a single-handedly revenge , as he shoots , ravages and kills each person involved in the treason.

This meaty Western contains an interesting but twisted plot , violence , shoot'em up and results to be quite entertaining , though drags at times , balancing in ups and downs . A good example of Latino western genre from Italy and Spain ; it is daring , surreal and notoriously violent Spaghetti , so extreme in every way , it is one of the handful of great Italian Western . This moving Spaghetti packs noisy action , thrills , crossfire , rare events , twists and turns with exciting final . Offbeat Spaghetti Western and it is proceeded in violent style and unusual narration . The film packs violence , gunplay and high body-count ; it's fast moving and quite entertaining . It's a thrilling western with breathtaking confrontation between the protagonist Tomas Milian against the heartless Milo Quesada , Francisco Sanz , Robert Camardiel and his underlings as Sancho Gracia . Tomas Milian is fine , he ravages the screen , hit and run and kills . The Cuban Tomas Milian plays splendidly , he had got fame and fortune with his character ¨Cuchillo¨ from the trilogy directed by Sergio Sollima . Tomas created his own image and propelled himself to stardom in likewise fashion with such important Spaghetti as ¨The Bounty Killer¨ (1966) ¨The Big Gundown¨ (1967) with Lee Van Cleef, ¨Face to Face¨ (1967), ¨Django Kill!¨ (1967) and ¨Run, Man, Run¨ (1968) , ¨Sonny and Jed¨, ¨Tepepa ¨ and ¨Compañeros¨ , getting maxim popularity with his hippie cop character , Nico Giraldi , from ¨Cop in Blue Jeans¨ ,"Squadra Antimafia" ¨Squadra Antigangsters¨ and sequels . He nowadays continues acting in secondary as well as prestigious roles such as in ¨Traffic¨, ¨ The Yards ¨, ¨Amistad¨, ¨The burning season¨, ¨Nails¨, ¨JFK¨, ¨Havana¨, among others . Strange and twisted screenplay from an idea by Maria Carmen Martinez Roman , a notorious writer who wrote a lot of Spaghetti such as ¨Requiem for a gringo¨, ¨Winchester Bill¨ , ¨fury of Johnny Kid¨ , "In a Colt's Shadow" , ¨Dynamite Joe¨ and "Sheriff Won't Shoot" . The screenplay is filled with outlandish issues as suicide , gays , non-sense hanging , a closed woman and many other things . According to the actors and director, the producers decided to release the movie in countries outside Italy as "Django, Kill!" as a way to take advantage of the success of a prior release, Django (1966) starring Franco Nero. In reality, "Django" had nothing to do with "Se sei Vivo Spara." This is predominantly an Italian film rather than a Spanish one , but the Spaniard participation is important , as here appears a lot of Spanish secondaries , ordinary players in Spaghetti/Chorizo or Paella Western such as : Roberto Camardiel , Milo Quesada , Francisco Sanz or Sancho Gracia (800 bullets) . Furthermore , being produced by Hispamer , Sergio Newman and Alex Rascal, who produced many Spaghetti . Well set in a little town in Hoyo De Manzanares (Madrid) with sets by Jaime Perez Cubero and Jose Luis Galicia , today sadly disappeared ; the village was called ¨Golden City¨ where filmed several Western as the classic ¨Fistful of dollars¨ and ¨For a fistful of dollars more¨ ; furthermore there was shot : ¨Welcome Padre Murray¨ , ¨Brandy¨ , ¨Cabalgando Hacia Muerte¨ , ¨Three good men¨, ¨Quien Grita vengeance¨, ¨Two crosses in Danger Pass¨, among others .

There is plenty of action in the movie , guaranteeing some violence , shoot'em up or stunts every few minutes. There is a very odd implementation of shots in the camera work during some particular scenes as the film approaches its climax , as in the final and the unusual conclusion . The movie gets the usual Western issues, such as avenger antiheroes , violent facing off , exaggerated baddies, soundtrack with Morricone influence , among them . The sense of pacing is such that his film can be counted on to move quickly and smoothly . Good production design creating an excellent scenario with luminous outdoors, dirty , deserts under a shinning sun and fine sets . Good cinematography by Franco Delli Colli , including a nice remastering . Great musical score by Ivan Vandor , furthermore a catching and emotive leitmotif . The motion picture was originally directed by Giulio Questi in his directorial debut . He is a director and writer, known for "Death Laid an Egg" , ¨Arcana¨and especially this ¨Django kills¨ .

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