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Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (1971)

Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo (original title)
PG-13 | | Western | 13 August 1971 (Italy)
After Dan Hogan and his gang rob a bank, they hire a mysterious man to guide them across the Mexican border in return for half of the loot.

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Cast

Cast overview:
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Dan Hogan
Victoria Zinny ...
Edith
Paolo Casella ...
John Webb (as Paul Sullivan)
Dino Strano ...
Reed (as Dean Stratford)
Antonio La Raina ...
(as Anthony Rock)
Dante Maggio ...
Jonathan (as Dan May)
Fortunato Arena ...
Coachman (as Ares Lucky)
Anna Zinnemann ...
Daisy
Adriana Giuffrè ...
Sandy
Gianni Pulone
Aldo Barberito ...
Greene
John Ely ...
Dick
Patrizia Adiutori ...
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Storyline

Dan Hogan and his gang have held up a bank for $100,000 in gold bars. They meet up at Jackal's Ranch, a weigh station for stage coaches. While waiting for the gold to arrive they encounter a stranger, John Webb, who wants half the gold in exchange for guiding them safely to Mexico. Reluctantly, Dan agrees and they set across the brutal desert for a race to the border with the Rangers hot on their tail. Is John who he says he is? Is he really after the gold or does he have an ulterior motive? Written by jimthemoviefreak@gmail.com

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Rated PG-13 for western violence | See all certifications »
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13 August 1971 (Italy)  »

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Pray to Kill and Return Alive  »

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Trivia

It was filmed in parallel with another spaghetti western, The Last Traitor, which also was directed and written by Vari and Bolzoni in 1971. See more »

Quotes

Eleanor: Now you can't buy anything with your money. Hahahahahaha!
Oswald (Eleanor's husband): I'm used to getting nothing for my money, especially where women are concerned.
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Connections

Referenced in The Spaghetti West (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Not Your Pony
Performed by Ann Collin
Written by Mario Migliardi
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She's not your pony, dammit!
12 April 2013 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I typically find Klaus Kinski's performances in these Spaghetti Westerns failing to live up to his reputation, but there's a brief scene near the end of this 1971 release that may actually convinced Werner Herzog that Kinski was right for '72s AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD. In any case, I enjoyed this despite the lackluster dubbing of Kinski, the annoyingly ridiculous "lovable old coot" dubbing of Dante Maggioa as Grandfather Jonathan, and a rather awkward final reveal. Still, there is effective tension throughout this psychological game of cat n' mouse, plus an interesting score... highlighted by the fun and jazzy singing of Ann Collin on "That Man" and especially, "I'm Not Your Pony"


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