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Release Date:
27 December 1972 (West Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
A handful of condemned men on an impossible mission, against hopeless odds...
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

James Coburn ... Colonello Pembroke

Telly Savalas ... Maggiore Ward

Bud Spencer ... 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
Carson Drew
Don Getzson
Christopher Hill
David Landau
Graig Nicol
Bill Norden
Sharin Sher ... April
Rudolf G. Boevini ... (uncredited)
Joseph P. Persaud ... Apache (uncredited)
Turam Quibo ... (uncredited)
Ángel Álvarez ... Scully the Monger (uncredited)
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Directed by
Tonino Valerii 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rafael Azcona  screenplay
Ernesto Gastaldi  screenplay
Ernesto Gastaldi  story
Tonino Valerii  screenplay
Tonino Valerii  story

Produced by
Michael Billingsley .... producer
Tullio Odevaine .... producer
Alfonso Sansone .... producer
Arthur Steloff .... producer
 
Original Music by
Riz Ortolani 
 
Cinematography by
Alejandro Ulloa  (as Alexander Besch)
 
Film Editing by
Franklin Boll  (as Franklin Brill)
Franco Fraticelli 
 
Production Design by
Elio Micheli 
 
Costume Design by
Elio Micheli 
 
Makeup Department
Luciano Giustini .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Enrique Bellot .... production supervisor
Alfredo Cuomo .... production manager (as Alfred Cuomo)
Nino Milano .... production manager
Antonio Paoletti .... production supervisor (as Tony Paoletti)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Brandt .... assistant director
Joe Pollini .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Kurt Doubrowsky .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Eros Bacciucchi .... special effects
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects
 
Stunts
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Divo Cavicchioli .... still photographer
Eduardo Noé .... camera operator
Pasquale Rachini .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Osanna Guardini .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Anna Maria Rocca .... assistant editor (as Anna Maria Roca)
 
Music Department
Riz Ortolani .... conductor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Una ragione per vivere e una per morire" - Spain (original title)
"A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die!" - USA (DVD box title)
"Dirty Seven" - Japan (English title) (video title)
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Runtime:
Germany:79 min | USA:92 min | Norway:109 min (theatrical version) (1973) | 113 min (Northern Countries PAL DVD) | 119 min (original uncut version)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) (cut version) | Germany:16 (DVD rating) (uncut version) | Iceland:12 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Sweden:15 (cut version) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Anachronisms: 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 »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Reason to Live, A Reason to Watch., 1 December 2010
Author: JohnWelles from United Kingdom

"A Reason to Live, A Reason to Die" (1972) is a exciting, Civil War-set Spaghetti Western, directed by Sergio Leone's protégé Tonino Valerii and stars James Coburn, Telly Savalas and Bud Spencer.

The script by Rafael Azcona, Ernesto Gastaldi, Jay Lynn and Tonino Valerii is hardly original, amounting to nothing but a "Dirty Dozen" rehash, but it is adequate: during the American Civil War, the disgraced Colonel Pembroke (James Coburn) tries to retake a heavily defended fort that was taken by the Confederates from him without a shot fired, a mystery that helps drive his character, by using twelve recruits who he has saved from death sentences.

Despite the lack of originality in the screenplay department, the spirited direction makes the story rattle along at a breathless pace to the expertly staged, wholesale carnage at the end. Throughout, the the three leads fare remarkably well and are the only ones who are given any sort of more than superficial examination of their past. The music by Riz Ortolani, all powerful horns, is masterly, compensating for uninteresting photography.

The fast pace and direction help raise this Spaghetti Western into a higher plane, turning it into a very, very enjoyable film.

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