Alive or Preferably Dead (1969)
"Vivi o preferibilmente morti" (original title)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Western  |  17 September 1969 (Italy)
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Two brothers, Monty and Ted, will inherit $300,000 if they manage to live together for six months.



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Complete credited cast:
Giuliano Gemma ...
Monty Mulligan
Nino Benvenuti ...
Ted Mulligan
Rossella Scott
Julio Peña ...
Antonio Casas ...
Cris Huerta ...
George Rigaud ...
Mr. Scott
Brizio Montinaro
Luis Barboo
Arturo Pallandino


Two brothers, Monty and Ted, will inherit $300,000 if they manage to live together for six months.

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Don't Confuse Them With Those Other Guys! See more »


Comedy | Western


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Release Date:

17 September 1969 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Alive or Preferably Dead  »

Box Office


ESP 60,333,487 (Spain)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


As was common with many Spaghetti westerns, the Italian actors in Vivi O, Preferibilmente, Morti were billed with more English-sounding names to try and make the film more appealing to American audiences. As such, leading lady Sydne Rome was billed here as Karen Blake - even though she is from Akron, Ohio and "Sydne Rome" is her real name. See more »


Monty Mulligan: Where's the bathroom?
Ted Mulligan: There's a river. Eight miles away. I go once a week.
Monty Mulligan: I mean the toilet.
Ted Mulligan: Out back.
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an amusing eurowestern
4 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a comedy western, but it isn't one of those totally awful ones that are more annoying than funny. This one genuinely provides some good laughs. Some of the slapstick in this film even reminds me of The Three Stooges. Especially one particular fight scene in a flooded hotel room.

I would probably have given this movie seven or eight stars if the music score was better. It isn't terrible or anything, but it just isn't spaghetti western style music. What we have here instead is the kind of music one would expect from a Hollywood western, with some vocals thrown in here and there. To me, the musical style is a very important component in the spaghetti western genre, and it can definitely make or break these films.

The acting is above average, and the quality of this film is decent. Giuliano Gemma always delivers a fine performance. The action scenes are well done, and the film features what would have been a very fancy and unique looking early automobile. I don't know what make it was.

Overall I found this movie to be quite entertaining. It is worth watching for fans of the genre.

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