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Ennio Flaiano (screenplay)
Ennio Flaiano (story)
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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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an amusing eurowestern See more (8 total) »


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Giuliano Gemma ... Monty Mulligan
Nino Benvenuti ... Ted Mulligan
Cris Huerta ... Jim
Antonio Casas ... Barnds
Julio Peña ... Doctor
George Rigaud ... Mr. Scott
Arturo Pallandino (as Arturo Palladino)
Brizio Montinaro

Sydne Rome ... Rossella Scott
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rafael Albaicín ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Simón Arriaga ... Bad Jim Henchman (uncredited)
Luis Barboo ... Ranger (uncredited)
Agustín Bescos ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
José Canalejas ... Ranger (uncredited)
Álvaro de Luna ... Bad Jim Henchman (uncredited)
Miguel del Castillo ... Old Townsman (uncredited)
Víctor Israel ... Mayoral Candidate Supporter (uncredited)
Juan Olaguivel ... Puncher Pretending to Be Blind (uncredited)
Antonio Orengo ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Joaquín Parra ... Bad Jim Henchman (uncredited)
Herman Reynoso ... MacIntosh Brother (uncredited)
Vicente Roca ... Mayoral Candidate (uncredited)

Dan van Husen ... Ranger (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 
Film Editing by
Mario Morra 
Production Design by
Antonio Cortés  (as Tony Cortes)
Set Decoration by
Bruno Cesari 
Costume Design by
Danda Ortona 
Makeup Department
Walter Cossu .... makeup artist
Fernando Florido .... makeup artist
Production Management
Michele Marsala .... production manager
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
Camera and Electrical Department
Cesare Allione .... camera operator
Giuseppe Buonaurio .... assistant camera

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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?

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 »
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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an amusing eurowestern, 4 July 2014
Author: spider89119 from United States

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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