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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.


Franco Giraldi




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


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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Amnesty as a Licence to Kill
24 February 2005 | by cengelmSee all my reviews

This Spaghetti Western uses three American lead actors which takes away a little of the typical spaghetti aura. The plot is about an amnesty that the governor of New Mexico gives to all willing criminals to provide them a chance to start a new life. Usually this kind of opportunity is limited to past events but in this film it seems more like a licence to kill because even new crimes (like e.g. threatening the governor) are forgiven. The story is an endless chain of killings where nearly every character has only the purpose to deliver more carcasses. Only the few leads have stamina. Clay McCord is haunted by nightmares related to a childhood event where unsurprisingly he killed a lot of people. In the middle of the everlasting mayhem this kind of reflections lack credibility. Compared with similar films like e.g. BANDIDOS none of the characters in this film was likable for me.

Apart of the weak content which targets certain customers this film is well shot, sets are somewhat detailed and the acting is average.

4 / 10.

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1 May 1968 (USA) See more »

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$280,000 (estimated)
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