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27 December 1972 (West Germany) See more »
A handful of condemned men on an impossible mission, against hopeless odds...
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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  (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)

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
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
Other crew
Rino Bolognesi .... voice dubbing: Benito Stefanelli (uncredited)
Emilio Cigoli .... voice dubbing: James Coburn (uncredited)
Pierangelo Civera .... voice dubbing: Turam Quibo (uncredited)
Gianni Giuliano .... voice dubbing: Fabrizio Moresco (uncredited)
Oreste Lionello .... voice dubbing: Ugo Fangareggi: (uncredited)
Michele Malaspina .... voice dubbing: Georges Géret (uncredited)
Gianni Musy .... voice dubbing: Guy Mairesse (uncredited)
Glauco Onorato .... voice dubbing: Bud Spencer (uncredited)
Renzo Palmer .... voice dubbing: Telly Savalas (uncredited)
Carlo Romano .... voice dubbing: Ángel Álvarez (uncredited)
Carlo Sabatini .... voice dubbing: Adolfo Lastretti (uncredited)
Leonardo Severini .... voice dubbing: Reinhard Kolldehoff (uncredited)
Roberto Villa .... voice dubbing: José Suarez (uncredited)

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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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Germany:79 min | USA:92 min | Norway:109 min (theatrical version) (1973) | 113 min (Northern Countries PAL DVD) | 119 min (original uncut version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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) (cut)
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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 »
Anachronisms: At the end of Telly Savalas' first scene he lights up a modern cigarette which clearly has a filter.See more »
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Greed, death and vengeance when war goes private, 25 April 2001
Author: Lee Speth from Alhambra, CA

It is the American Civil War as envisioned by Italians, set apart from the main theaters of conflict, out in the southwestern desert. James Coburn is Col. Pembroke who has lost impregnable Ft. Holman to the Rebs and who has a private scheme to retrieve it along with his honor. He sets out on a commando expedition with a sergeant and a dirty half-dozen volunteers, scalawags freed from the gallows and kept in line (barely) with a promise of hidden gold. Telly Savalas is the Southern commander dreading Pembroke's reappearance. Some exciting action and tense situations, but credibility is strained when, with the Ft. Holman Gatling gun spraying shot into the parade ground, the Confederate troops show no interest in cover but keep milling in the open like ants from a hill goaded with a stick. Not a great or inspiring movie but a solid performance from Coburn. And for all the death there's not much blood.

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