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A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die (1968)

Un minuto per pregare, un istante per morire (original title)
R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 1 May 1968 (USA)
In Tuscosa, New Mexico, the Governor offers amnesty papers to all outlaws but gunfighter Clay McCord's appearance triggers a violent confrontation between the local marshal, McCord, and other outlaws.

Director:

Franco Giraldi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Cord ... Clay McCord
Arthur Kennedy ... Tuscosa Marshal Roy W. Colby
Robert Ryan ... New Mexico Gov. Lem Carter
Enzo Fiermonte ... Dr. Chase
Renato Romano Renato Romano ... 'Cheap' Charlie
Franco Lantieri Franco Lantieri ... Deputy Marshal Butler
Giampiero Albertini Giampiero Albertini ... Fred Duskin (Clay's partner)
Mario Brega ... Kraut (boss of Escondido)
Nicoletta Machiavelli ... Laurinda (as Nicoletta Rangoni Machiavelli)
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci ... Kraut henchman
Massimo Sarchielli ... Pete
Gino Marturano Gino Marturano
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ... (as Ivan Scratuglia)
Spartaco Conversi Spartaco Conversi ... Kraut henchman
Silla Bettini Silla Bettini
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Storyline

When outlaw Clay McCord learns the Governor of New Mexico has offered an amnesty to all who apply for it at the town of Tuscosa, he is intrigued but suspicious. He circles the vicinity, weighing the offer and encountering other outlaws, all the while troubled by occasional "spells" resembling the epileptic fits which plagued his father. Eventually McCord reaches Tuscosa where he clashes with the local marshal, Roy Colby. The Governor then arrives and tries to calm the situation, knowing that if McCord asks for amnesty, other outlaws will follow. Events lead to a shoot-out with McCord, Colby, and the Governor on one side while a band of outlaws comprise the other. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die... That's all McCord gives them! See more »


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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

1 May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mc Cord See more »

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Spain See more »

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Budget:

$280,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alex Cord did all of his own stunts. See more »

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Edited into Spaghetti Western Trailer Show (2007) See more »

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It's a mess
30 March 2005 | by boardwalk_angelSee all my reviews

118 minutes...was claimed on the DVD......but it only runs 98. The 20 minutes cut seems to have made a very choppy...rather unabsorbing film out of what apparently..with the INTENDED..(but chopped off here) ironic ending.. some nice bits..and a very good performance by Robert Ryan..a wonderful actor...could have been at least a pretty good film. As it is now...it's confusing.....and discordant...and exceptionally ordinary..a harkback, visually & musically, to the Hollywood carbon copy Westerns that Italy used to churn out before the 3 Sergios started weaving their magic. It was nice to see Arthur Kennedy & Ryan shoot it out with the bandits at the climax...and Alex Cord had a few good moments of action...other than that...a very forgettable film.


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