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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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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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (VHS)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 54515 delivered on 6-9-1969. 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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Alternate Versions

US version titled "Sundance and the Kid" was cut by 25 minutes, and changed all credits to bogus Anglo pseudonyms. See more »

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December 24th
(uncredited)
Sung by I Cantatori Moderni di Alessandroni
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Whoopsy boing pap flap
22 August 2017 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Oh great: another Italian Comedy Western that's low on laughs and everything else to boot. This is even more disappointing as it was directed by Duccio Tessari of Tony Arzenta fame, and it stars Guilliano Gemma of loads of great films fame. Sometimes these tongue-in-cheek comedies work (like Run Man Run and Fistful of Lead) but most seem to rely on lame slapstick that you've seen Charlie Chaplin do several hundred years previously.

This one involves two brothers who hate each other, but who also have to spend six months living together in order to receive an inheritance from a dead Uncle. Don't ask me why. There's a bunch of bad guys who are harassing Gemma's brother who periodically turn up throughout the film to ruin Gemma's increasingly dumb attempts at crime sprees (including robbing a bank where everyone who enters the bank trips over the same step…hmm).

Gemma does get to show off his trapeze skills and there's an axe fight on a train that results in an entire carriage being destroyed, but no one in their right mind is ever going to want to watch this unless they are obsessively watching their entire collections of Italian films. Ahem.

Other comedies not being reviewed any time soon: My Name is Trinity, My Name is Nobody, Cry! Onion, Life is Tough, Eh, Providence, Trinity is Still My Name etc etc.


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