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Alive or Preferably Dead (1969)

Vivi o preferibilmente morti (original title)
Two brothers, Monty and Ted, will inherit $300,000 if they manage to live together for six months.

Director:

Duccio Tessari

Writers:

Ennio Flaiano (story), Giorgio Salvioni | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Giuliano Gemma ... Monty Mulligan
Nino Benvenuti Nino Benvenuti ... Ted Mulligan
Cris Huerta Cris Huerta ... James 'Bad Jim' Williams
Antonio Casas ... Mr. Barnes
Julio Peña ... Doctor
George Rigaud ... Mr. Scott
Arturo Pallandino Arturo Pallandino ... (as Arturo Palladino)
Brizio Montinaro Brizio Montinaro
Sydne Rome ... Rossella Scott
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Storyline

Two brothers, Monty and Ted, will inherit $300,000 if they manage to live together for six months.

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Taglines:

Booze, Banks & Broads! They Had Their Hands in Everything! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

17 September 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Alive or Preferably Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

Cinecittà, Roma, Italy See more »

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Runtime:

| (VHS)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The U.S. dubbed version, Alive or preferably dead, was promoted as "Sundance Cassidy and Butch the Kid", a rip-off of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), and the director and top actors were billed with English names re-sounding those of American the same film: Giuliano Gemma as John Wade; Nino Benvenuti as Robert Neuman; Sydne Rome as Karen Blake; director Duccio Tessari as Arthur Pitt. See more »

Quotes

Rossella Scott: [to a sweaty, bare-chested Ted Mulligan] The way you swing that ax does all sorts of funny things to me.
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Soundtracks

Monty and Ted
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Sung by John Ireson and Wayne Parham as The Wilder Brothers
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Another bad Spaghetti Western-Comedy
19 October 2004 | by astrofilms-1See all my reviews

This film is also known as Sundance and the Kid in the U.S. release. Starting as early as the 1970's most Euro-Westerns started going downhill in quality and budget. So Italian producers started combining the usually dramatic Spaghetti Westerns with comedy and later in 1970's with martial arts! This film, Sundance and the Kid, is just plain awful in everything from the acting to the screenplay. This turkey was cranked out to compete with the more original Spaghetti Western comedies with Italian actors Bud Spencer and Terence Hill such as Boot Hill, They Call Me Trinity, Trinity is Still My Name..etc. and also perhaps to certain extent the quality U.S. film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with Robert Redford and Paul Newman which is recommended if you want to see a quality made comedy-western.

Ironically, in my opinion, Italian directors made the very best westerns and the very worst westerns. On most all these Spaghetti Western-Comedies everything from the title of the movie to the names of the Italian actors, directors and sometimes even the production crew would change their names to American names and add awful English dubbing all designed to sound more American so it would sell better. In Spaghetti Westerns everything in fact is made in Italy but to make $$$ they had to make it look like an American made western as much as possible...but sometimes failed miserably as in this movie.


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