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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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Cain
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Dan Ruffalo
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Monica Alton
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Billy Valence
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Karma
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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 ...
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Andy Albin ...
Fletcher
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Bartender
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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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Gunslinger Rebellion - WINNER KILL ALL! 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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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 »

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The Messenger
Lyrics by Irwin Levine
Music by Philip Springer
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An unusual Western
14 April 2005 | by (Long Island, New york) – See all my reviews

This is a most peculiar western film. Clint Walker plays the role of Cain, a man released from prison after a 20 year sentence. The passing of time is touched on when Cain sees many new inventions such as a bicycle. His reputation seems to follow him everywhere he goes, and he can't hold a job very long. His only choice is to exploit his past evil life, and join a wild western shooting show run by a showman named Ruffalo, played by Vincent Price. I would recommend this film to any film fan that enjoys strange or Avant Garde Films. Price seems to believe that he is in one of his American International (AIP) horror roles like House of Usher or Pit and The Pendelum. The acting plays as if each actor believes they are in a different film. The movie was released by United Artists in 1968. It is not available on VHS or DVD, but it does show up on TV from time to time on Encore Westerns. I believe that MGM owns the United Artist catalog. They should restore this film and release it as part of their Avant Garde cinema series. I give the film ***1/2 out ****.


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