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More Dead Than Alive (1969)

Released from prison after 18 years, notorious gunslinger 'Killer' Cain is a peaceful reformed man but the Old West has died and he cannot adapt to the modern West where some unpaid moral debts and old troubles resurface.

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Dan Ruffalo
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Monica Alton
Paul Hampton ...
Billy Valence
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Karma
Mike Henry ...
Luke Santee
Clarke Gordon ...
Carson
Beverly Powers ...
Sheree
William Woodson ...
Warden
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Doctor
Eric Matthews ...
Wes Santee
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Brill
Frank Baxter ...
Banker
Andy Albin ...
Fletcher
Emile Meyer ...
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When the multiple murderer Cain is released from prison after 18 years, he wants to settle down as a rancher and never touch a gun again. But his former life haunts him; not only that nobody wants to give him a job, some villains also want to pay him back. So he has to accept the offer of showman Ruffalo to perform as "Killer Cain" in his traveling shooting show. However after 18 years without practice even Ruffalo's young assistant Billy shoots better than Cain. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Killers in pairs... death by the dozen... They left the west... More Dead than Alive. See more »

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Romance | Western

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Rated R for some western violence | See all certifications »

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15 January 1969 (USA)  »

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Mais Morto que Vivo  »

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Trivia

Vincent Price helped design the opening credits. See more »

Quotes

Billy Valence: You're not gonna shoot me, are you?
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Referenced in McCloud: Top of the World, Ma! (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

The Messenger
Lyrics by Irwin Levine
Music by Philip Springer
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If you seek an offbeat western...
7 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film many years ago on TV and have never found it in any video store but would be well worth the rental fee for an evenings entertainment, if I could ever find it. Such is the impression it left me with. Around this time period, the Hollywood western had reached its nadir, what with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid et al, and was on its way out. I can think of a couple other offbeat westerns that appeared around this time, but nothing quite like this. For one thing, you have Vincent Price in it! Vincent Price in a western?! This is not a horror film, but it does have an interesting story line with good pacing, tight direction and an unexpected ending. Clint Walker, a much under-appreciated actor, plays a former gunfighter trying to live in peace apart from his past. Price heads a traveling quick draw show that comes into town and this is where the fun begins. Anne Francis is the love interest, Paul Hampton (whatever became of him?) is very effective as the young gunfighter wannabe. Do not miss this if you get the chance.


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