MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,016 this week

A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die (1972)
"Una ragione per vivere e una per morire" (original title)

PG  |   |  Western  |  6 August 1973 (Spain)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 1,084 users  
Reviews: 16 user | 4 critic

Branded a coward for surrendering his New Mexico fort to the Confederates without firing a shot, a Union colonel attempts to redeem himself by leading a band of condemned prisoners on a suicide mission to recapture it.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 titles
created 09 Jul 2011
 
a list of 32 titles
created 01 Oct 2011
 
a list of 26 titles
created 18 Jan 2014
 
a list of 24 titles
created 18 Feb 2014
 
a list of 35 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die (1972)

A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die (1972) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Uppercut (1978)
Action | Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The "Bulldozer", a former football star, is now working as a fisherman. As a group of street-people arranges a football match against the local Armybase, he is asked to be their trainer. ... See full summary »

Director: Michele Lupo
Stars: Bud Spencer, Raimund Harmstorf, Ottaviano Dell'Acqua
Crime Busters (1977)
Action | Comedy | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An attempted robbery turns to be an unexpected recruitment when two unemployed men mistakenly break into a police office instead of a store.

Director: Enzo Barboni
Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, David Huddleston
Ace High (1968)
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After Cacopoulos (Eli Wallach) manages to save himself from being hung on a false charge, he robs Cat Stevens (Terrence Hill) and Hutch Bessy (Bud Spencer) of a lot of money and steals ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Colizzi
Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Eli Wallach
Go for It (1983)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two men meet each other in a strange situation and end up being mistaken for robbers first, for secret service agents later.

Director: Enzo Barboni
Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Buffy Dee
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Bambino tries to teach his brother Trinity how to become an outlaw, but the two wind up saving a pioneer family and breaking up an arms ring instead.

Director: Enzo Barboni
Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Yanti Somer
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After a tied 1st place in a local stunt race, two drivers start a contest to decide who of them will own the prize, a dune buggy. But when a mobster destroys the car, they are determined to get it back.

Director: Marcello Fondato
Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Patty Shepard
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Luciano Catenacci
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A jazz musician and a stunt man are the spitting image of two millionaire brothers. They take the job to replace them in Rio de Janeiro when someone plans to assassinate them.

Director: Enzo Barboni
Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, April Clough
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A thief takes the job as a town sheriff in order to rob a silver shipment before his ex-partner can grab it.

Director: Giorgio Stegani
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Antonio Sabato, Gordon Mitchell
Adventure | Comedy | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

On a small pacific island, Alan and Charlie try to find a war treasure left behind by the Japanese army in World War II.

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, John Fujioka
Aladdin (1986)
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Updating of the old "Aladdin" Arabian Nights tale, as a teenager in modern-day Miami finds a magic lantern and out pops a genie, who's been asleep for 200 years and in his gratitude grants the boy several wishes.

Director: Bruno Corbucci
Stars: Bud Spencer, Luca Venantini, Janet Agren
Western | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young, easygoing gunman (Hill) worships and competes with an old gunfighter (Fonda) who only wants to retire.

Director: Tonino Valerii
Stars: Terence Hill, Henry Fonda, Jean Martin
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Colonello Pembroke
...
Maggiore Ward
...
Eli Sampson
Georges Géret ...
Sergente Spike
Reinhard Kolldehoff ...
Sergente Brent (as Rene Kolldehoff)
Guy Mairesse ...
Donald MacIvers
José Suárez ...
maggiore Charles Ballard (as Jose Suarez)
Ugo Fangareggi ...
Fred
Benito Stefanelli ...
Samuel Pickett un ex condannato
Adolfo Lastretti ...
Will Fernandez / Will Culder (as Guy Ranson)
Fabrizio Moresco ...
Ward's Assistant
Francisco Sanz ...
Farmer (as Paco Sanz)
Carla Mancini
Joe Pollini ...
Jeremy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrew Dean
Edit

Storyline

A dishonoured army officer saves the lives of some hardened criminals on condition that they help him regain his honour. Will they live up to his expectations? Written by Hector Farrugia <hector.farrugia@magnet.mt>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

recapture | mission | fort | officer | army | See All (42) »

Taglines:

A handful of condemned men on an impossible mission, against hopeless odds...

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| | |

Language:

Release Date:

6 August 1973 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1973) (theatrical) | (Northern Countries PAL DVD) | (original uncut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The homestead encountered when the group leave the train (at 43 minutes) is the same as the McBain homestead in One Upon A Time In The West (1968) See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1862 but features Gatling guns that, presumably, formed part of the fort's arsenal when it was in Union hands.The gun was designed by Dr Richard J Gatling in 1861 and patented on November 4, 1862. Though two examples were employed near Petersburg and eight fitted on gunboats, it was not accepted by the American Army until 1866. So it's most improbable that it would have been available in a remote theatre of the Civil War. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Box: Don't Open the Door (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Whilst we're on the subject, it is rather difficult to fathom too many reasons as to why one would want to watch.
31 July 2011 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die is a daft; knowing; old fashioned yarn – a film with clichéd action figures filling in for characters and crazy shoot outs involving masses of extras acting as its high points of drama. It is a film that begins with the aftermath of a huge gun fight at an American Civil War fort; a gun fight in which an awful lot happens AT the fort, but a gun fight to which the trudging prelude across the deserts of the great American West TO the fort consists of very little. One would compare it to Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch of just a few years previously, but the getting to the fort shoot out finale in that film was around about just as much fun as the maddening final shoot out was, maybe even more: but not here. Tonino Valerii's film is all about the pomp and the circumstance, a trek across the barren sands of nineteenth century U.S.A. that is only ever mildly invigorating at the best of times; the bulk of it acting as a prelude to the all of the chaos which, by the time of its arrival, has just about seen us stop caring altogether.

In beginning with the fallout of the all out warfare, the film reveals to us its hand in regards to precisely where it's headed; a tactic we do not necessarily mind, and have indeed come to quite enjoy under varying guises from throughout cinema's long history. Some of the better instances, and the range of examples can be rather vast, arrive in the form of De Palma's Carlito's Way or Billy Wilder's classical era noir Double Indemnity; as two films with the eerie ability to snare us into proceedings and still have us as involved as much as we are by the time the conclusion arrives in exactly the manner we saw or heard during the opening beats. Valerii's film follows that of James Coburn's disgraced colonel Pembroke, and his propulsion from such a state into the messy world of suicide missions and open warfare in which he is the leader of an array of troops one would be a fool to not label the underdogs as to where they're eventually to head.

When we first come across Pembroke, it is when the man is scraggly and worn in spite of his rank. He is a thief; a man on his way to jail, that is until he is identified by another official of a more gracious ilk and called into his quarters for a talk. An appreciator of fine wine and enjoying the high life that comes with having gone through the system, a life including armed guards; respect, it seems, and the ability to be so eloquent in one's multi-tasking when speaking of the wine and the mission in equal balance, Pembroke's saviour and his sitting opposite the bedraggled Pembroke displays, in sharp contrast, the deep difference between what a colonel should be and what Pembroke is. Pembroke has proposed to him a mission, a mission to try and recapture a fort for this, the side of the Union Army, from that of the Confederates whom took it under the command of Telly Savalas' Major Ward – a recapturing, it is deemed, that is best preordained by that of an underground tunnel which needs to be taken first. As the gallows outside are readied, and Pembroke contemplates his situation, he begrudgingly accepts and proceeds to round up a disparate array of Apaches; Mexicans; fanatics and rapists from the death roll for this dangerous mission.

Pembroke, indeed the majority of the clan, are effectively on a quest for redemption; a quest surmised by the fact the nickname for the large fort they're due to take is that of the "Pulpit", in regards to its situation on that of a mountain, but a highly religious nickname neatly encapsulating the redemptive element of their mission as they attempt to do good for a change, and get the commanding officer back at the base whom sent them away the promotion he feels he deserves. People will be quick to point out the ties to The Dirty Dozen, but Valerii's piece owes so much more to Leone's game-changing Spaghetti Western The Good, The Bad and the Ugly; an apparently knowing point of inspiration inherent with the fact Pembroke initially brushes off enquiries to the rest of his crew with the promise of enemy gold buried out there in the region of where they're headed.

Alas, the rest of the film is not up to the standard of Coburn's grizzled, underplayed performance of which he instills within his character and unloads into the film; the man playing the material in a fashion that is better than what the film deserves and is a performance which belongs in a better film. There are skirmishes with those they come up against; disagreements within the band of proverbial brothers as one or two of them express their desires to flee, the bedding down for a night's sleep ought to being a good source of tension as Pembroke's no-nonsense attitude clashes with cut-throats wanting to flee, but it mostly falls flat. One occasion witnesses the stumbling across of a secluded farm, a set piece that, again, ought to rack up a fair degree of tension what with the group of bandits and rapists Pembroke has in tow being forced into sharing the same space as decent civilian folk, but it fails to induce much in the way of effective drama and instead leaves rather-a nasty taste which feels misplaced in an otherwise guilty, old fashioned romp which is a deeply underwhelming experience on the whole.


1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Can anyone TurboarrowIII
This needs to be available on DVD! tvw629
Where was this movie filmed? moverbey-1
coburn should have done more westerns teejay6682
Discuss A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?