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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! -- Tomas Milian stars as a half-breed bandit double-crossed and left for dead who rises from the grave to seek his revenge.
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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3 May 1967 (West Germany) See more »
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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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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)
Tony Russel ... Mr. Sorrow (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Fernando Villena ... Oaks gang member (uncredited)

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)

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: Milo Quesada (uncredited)
Bruno Persa .... voice dubbing: Francisco Sanz (uncredited)
Mario Pisu .... voice dubbing: Roberto Camardiel (uncredited)
Massimo Turci .... voice dubbing: Tomas Milian (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Se sei vivo spara" - Italy (original title)
"Django, Kill! (If You Live Shoot!)" - USA
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100 min | UK:90 min | Italy:117 min (original version) | West Germany:112 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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)

Did You Know?

Film debut of Ray Lovelock (billed as "Raymond Lovelock").See more »
Revealing mistakes: During the lynching of Oaks' gang, the tire tracks of the camera car are clearly visible down the middle of the main street.See more »
Mr. Zorro:[to the Stranger] I've made stronger men than you tell me everything.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Secret Cinema (2007)See more »


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DJANGO, KILL! (IF YOU LIVE SHOOT!) (Giulio Questi, 1967) ***, 24 August 2006
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

This one certainly lives up to its reputation as the most peculiar Spaghetti Western there is, a quality which makes it unique but not exactly entertaining (the pace is slow and the film somewhat protracted, if never less than fascinating)!

It features an atypical performance from lead Tomas Milian: usually the brash man of action with a humorous streak, here he's the cynical and mostly passive observer who even arrives late for the climax! Apart from the star, Marilu' Tolo and Ray Lovelock, the international cast - including several non-professionals - is unfamiliar but, as director Questi said in the exclusive Audio Commentary, their indelible faces were just what he needed for the film! By the way, in spite of the film's English title, it's not related to the 1966 DJANGO - and, in fact, Milian's character remains unnamed throughout - that spawned innumerable variations but only one direct sequel (made more than 20 years after the original)!

Here, we also find several elements of Gothic horror (Milian 'rising' from the dead, the 'mad woman' character borrowed from "Jane Eyre", the weird prison torture scene involving vampire bats and iguanas, the fiery climax in which the villain's face is covered with melted gold, etc.); besides, Tolo is made-up to look like Barbara Steele and the greedy townsfolk's gory groping into the body of a dying bandit riddled with golden bullets curiously anticipates the zombie films of George Romero! Actually, the film's graphic depiction of violence gave it a certain notoriety which further fueled its cult status; in fact, the bullet sequence and the scalping of an Indian were censored at the time but, curiously, got reinstated for the shortened 1975 re-issue under the name of ORO HONDO (which had been the film's working title)! There's even a scene in which a horse is saddled with a charge of dynamite and let loose among the villains (whereupon we see shots of its intestines and the body parts of the various victims strewn about!) - though, in all fairness, in A PROFESSIONAL GUN (1968) a man was also nonchalantly killed by a grenade in the mouth!!

Other unexpected elements in the film are its religious overtones (apart from Milian's crucifixion, the Indians who help him are mystics while the villainous Hagerman also serves pretty much as a bible-thumping preacher to the community) and the presence of black-clad gay cowboys as prototype Fascists (thankfully, we're spared their gang-rape of Lovelock - here in his film debut! - whose immediate reaction, naturally, is to shoot himself) led by a Spaniard (all dressed in white!) that goes by the name of Mr. Zorro(?!), and who shares a love-hate relationship throughout with a spirited parrot!!

The film also features a good score by Ivan Vandor and Techniscope photography by Franco Delli Colli (though the outdoor night scenes are way too dark!), and the locations - Questi was especially proud of his uncharacteristic white desert - are notable too. Franco Arcalli, an unusual combination of screenwriter and film editor, devises some 'trippy' montages throughout - which, therefore, adds psychedelia to an already eclectic mix of cinematic styles that distinguish this Spaghetti Western!

I opted to purchase the Italian DVD over Blue Underground's R1 edition due to the inclusion here of the afore-mentioned highly informative, full-length Audio Commentary featuring director Questi (who is very modest and actually attributes many of the film's bizarre touches to logical progressions of the narrative - which, needless to say, doesn't entirely convince the trio of moderators who accompany him throughout this engaging discussion!). However, with respect to the otherwise commendable Alan Young Pictures disc, one has to contend with a distracting layer change (in mid-sentence!), at least one other instance of audio drop-out and a baffling reversal, for one line of dialogue, to the English soundtrack (for the record, I watched the Italian-language version with the audio set in its original mono rendition; I tend to scoff at re-mixes of classic films)!!

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