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Ennio Flaiano (screenplay)
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Release Date:
17 September 1969 (Italy) See more »
Booze, Banks & Broads! They Had Their Hands in Everything! See more »
Two brothers, Monty and Ted, will inherit $300,000 if they manage to live together for six months. | Add synopsis »
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Another bad Spaghetti Western-Comedy See more (8 total) »


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Giuliano Gemma ... Monty Mulligan
Nino Benvenuti ... Ted Mulligan

Sydne Rome ... Rossella Scott
Julio Peña ... Doctor
Antonio Casas ... Barnds
Cris Huerta ... Jim
George Rigaud ... Mr. Scott

Dan van Husen ... Ranger
Brizio Montinaro
Luis Barboo
Arturo Pallandino
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Víctor Israel ... Mayoralty Candidate Henchman with Glasses (uncredited)
Juan Olaguivel ... Puncher Pretending to Be Blind (uncredited)
Vicente Roca ... Mayoralty Candidate (uncredited)

Directed by
Duccio Tessari 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ennio Flaiano  screenplay
Ennio Flaiano  story
Giorgio Salvioni  writer
Duccio Tessari  writer

Produced by
Ennio Flaiano .... producer
Original Music by
Gianni Ferrio 
Cinematography by
Cesare Allione 
Manuel Rojas 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ricardo Huertas .... first assistant director
Visual Effects by
Carlo De Marchis .... miniature maker (uncredited)
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunt performer
Nazzareno Zamperla .... stunt coordinator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Vivi o preferibilmente morti" - Italy (original title)
"Sundance Cassidy and Butch the Kid" - USA (dubbed version)
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103 min | USA:84 min (VHS)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The U.S. dubbed version, "Sundance Cassidy and Butch the Kid", has Giuliano Gemma credited as John Wade; Nino Benvenuti as Robert Neuman and Sydne Rome as Karen Blake. Director Duccio Tessari is credited as Arthur Pitt.See more »
Rossella Scott:[to a sweaty, bare-chested Ted Mulligan] The way you swing that ax does all sorts of funny things to me.See more »


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Another bad Spaghetti Western-Comedy, 19 October 2004
Author: astrofilms-1 from Hollywood California

This film is also known as Sundance and the Kid in the U.S. release. Starting as early as the 1970's most Euro-Westerns started going downhill in quality and budget. So Italian producers started combining the usually dramatic Spaghetti Westerns with comedy and later in 1970's with martial arts! This film, Sundance and the Kid, is just plain awful in everything from the acting to the screenplay. This turkey was cranked out to compete with the more original Spaghetti Western comedies with Italian actors Bud Spencer and Terence Hill such as Boot Hill, They Call Me Trinity, Trinity is Still My Name..etc. and also perhaps to certain extent the quality U.S. film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with Robert Redford and Paul Newman which is recommended if you want to see a quality made comedy-western.

Ironically, in my opinion, Italian directors made the very best westerns and the very worst westerns. On most all these Spaghetti Western-Comedies everything from the title of the movie to the names of the Italian actors, directors and sometimes even the production crew would change their names to American names and add awful English dubbing all designed to sound more American so it would sell better. In Spaghetti Westerns everything in fact is made in Italy but to make $$$ they had to make it look like an American made western as much as possible...but sometimes failed miserably as in this movie.

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