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Release Date:
27 December 1972 (West Germany) See more »
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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)

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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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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
"I killed, the first time in my life"., 16 June 2013
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

The spaghetti western sub-genre might have grown rancid by this period, but there are no doubts their titles were striking and creative, when which said simply rolled of your tongue. Tell me that this title isn't a lyrical joy. No stranger to the sub-genre with "My Name is Nobody" and "Day of Anger", director Tonino Valerii's 'A Reason to Live, A Reason to Die!" would be a hardy old-fashion western variation of "The Dirty Dozen". While it might be only half of that film, its remains an amusing fare thanks largely to the three central performances of Bud Spencer, James Coburn and Telly Savalas. The latter might not make an appearance until the hour mark, but it's the combination between the buoyant Spencer and low-key Coburn which drives it. The humour seems to come off thanks to Spencer timing and presence. Even though the greying Coburn and swaggering Savalas get top billing, it's Spencer who's really the star.

Like most films of this ilk, it's systematic with its staples as the theme of vengeance and redemption looms prominently. There's no real change of route, as it keeps it gritty and the straight-forward narrative never loses focuses, especially that of the character's motivations with it to throw up a sudden revelation (which my DVD synopsis' spoiled). The expandable characters are clichés, but workable as they serve their purpose with it ending on a bang. It actually starts with the end, to only retell the story from Spencer's character's point of view. This gives it like a mythical tale-like quality. It's well shot with a commendable music score. Valerii does a serviceable job behind the camera letting it move at a fair pace while constructing few intense scenes and cracking action sequences, like the delirious climatic showdown at the hillside forte (with it vivid locations), which had me thinking of "The Wild Bunch" (in which case Coburn would star in Peckinpah's "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid" the following year), but in the end you feel like there just wasn't enough going on. Some moments should have been much stronger than they were, like the personal battle between Coburn and Savalas.

Contrived, but tough and dirty entertainment.

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