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Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (1971)

Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo (original title)
PG-13 | | Western | 13 August 1971 (Italy)
After Dan Hogan and his gang rob a bank, they hire a mysterious man to guide them across the Mexican border in return for half of the loot.

Director:

Giuseppe Vari (as Joseph Warren)

Writer:

Adriano Bolzoni
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Cast

Cast overview:
Klaus Kinski ... Dan Hogan
Victoria Zinny ... Edith
Paolo Casella Paolo Casella ... John Webb (as Paul Sullivan)
Dino Strano Dino Strano ... Reed (as Dean Stratford)
Antonio La Raina Antonio La Raina ... (as Anthony Rock)
Dante Maggio Dante Maggio ... Jonathan (as Dan May)
Fortunato Arena Fortunato Arena ... Coachman (as Ares Lucky)
Anna Zinnemann Anna Zinnemann ... Daisy
Adriana Giuffrè Adriana Giuffrè ... Sandy
Gianni Pulone Gianni Pulone
Aldo Barberito Aldo Barberito ... Greene
Giangiacomo Elia Giangiacomo Elia ... Dick (as John Ely)
Patrizia Adiutori ... Senta
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Storyline

Dan Hogan and his gang have held up a bank for $100,000 in gold bars. They meet up at Jackal's Ranch, a weigh station for stage coaches. While waiting for the gold to arrive they encounter a stranger, John Webb, who wants half the gold in exchange for guiding them safely to Mexico. Reluctantly, Dan agrees and they set across the brutal desert for a race to the border with the Rangers hot on their tail. Is John who he says he is? Is he really after the gold or does he have an ulterior motive? Written by jimthemoviefreak@gmail.com

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Genres:

Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for western violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

13 August 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Pray to Kill and Return Alive See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy

Company Credits

Production Co:

Castor Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It was filmed in parallel with another spaghetti western, The Last Traitor, which also was directed and written by Vari and Bolzoni in 1971. See more »

Quotes

Eleanor: Now you can't buy anything with your money. Hahahahahaha!
Oswald (Eleanor's husband): I'm used to getting nothing for my money, especially where women are concerned.
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I'm Not Your Pony
Performed by Ann Collin
Written by Mario Migliardi
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So-so Spaghetti with a mysterious gunman confronting vicious Klaus Kinski in a sunny desert
21 November 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This Italian production is an exciting S.W. movie starred by Paul Sullivan and Klaus Kinski , it is plenty of action , shootouts , double-crosses , thrills , twists and loads of violence and blood . The film deals with a cache of gold turning into several hands and it takes on a strange gunslinger against treacherous gang . This Spaghetti movie gets the usual Western issues , such as greedy antiheroes , violent facing off , quick zooms , exaggerated baddies . As an outlaw called Dan Hogan (Klaus Kinski) and his hoodlums have held up a bank robbery for $100,000 in gold bars . They meet up at Jackal's Ranch , a weigh station for stagecoaches . While waiting for the gold to arrive they meet a stranger , John Webb (Paul Sullivan/Paolo Casella) , who wants half the gold in exchange for guiding them safely to Mexico , but he is really seeking vengeance . John is a tough and rare gunslinger , he's an efficient Pistolero acting as judge , jury , and executioner . Reluctantly , Dan agrees under the condition that they give him fifty percent of the stolen gold they are transporting and they set across the brutal desert for a race to the border with the Rangers hot on their tail . Meanwhile , the nasty gang kidnaps the stagecoach passengers and the freelance gunman named John Webb is betrayed and deceived . John chases the nasty thieves and the ending settle disputes by shooting .

It is an acceptable , passable Western with several titles ¨Renegade Gun" , "Pray to Kill and Return Alive" OR "Prega il Morto , Ammazza il Vivo", "Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead¨, "To Kill a Jackal¨ contains an interesting but twisted plot about a gang rob a bank and then they hire a mysterious man to guide them across the Mexican border in return for half of the loot . It packs violence , double crosses , shoot'em up and results to be quite entertaining , though drags at times , balancing in ups and downs . There is plenty of action in the movie , guaranteeing some violence , crossfire or stunts every few minutes . It is an entertaining SW with lots of action , gun-play and fun . The main starring is Kinski who appears dressed in dark and with a killer look , gaining a reputation for his ferocious talent and equally ferocious temper . Here he plays with lots of gesticulation and excessive gestures . As he is fine , as he ravages the screen , hit and run and kills . It's a thrilling western with breathtaking confrontation between the protagonist Paul Sullivan against the heartless enemies formed by a brutal gang led by Klaus Kinski . This western is made during his Italian period when Klaus starred a lot of Westerns , later he collaborated with Werner Herzog with whom played several prestigious films . They later collaborated on five movies : Aguirre (1972), Woyzeck (1979), Nosferatu, (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982) and Cobra Verde (1987). As Kinski starred numerous Spaghetti such as Black Killer , If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death , Bullet King , Shangai Joe , Clint the solitary , The Ruthless Four , Nevada Kid , The return of Clint , and specially famous resulted to be his acting in ¨For a fistful of dollars more¨ . There is a very odd implementation of shots in the camera work during some particular scenes as well as a lot of twists and turns , as the film approaches its climax , as in the final and the customary conclusion . Atmospheric Eastmancolor cinematography by Franco Villa in WideScreen , though being necessary a good remastering and filmed in Elios studios , as usual , and El Lacio . Enjoyable musical score by Mario Migliardi , including catching song heard at credit titles .

The motion picture was middlingly directed by Joseph Warren or Giuseppe Vari (1916-1993) and it was filmed in parallel with another spaghetti western, The Last Traitor, which also was directed and written by Vari and Bolzoni in 1971 . Vari was a craftsman who directed all kinds of genres such as Sci-Fi : Urban Warriors , Wartime : Raiders of the Bloody Beach , Adventure : Legend of the Sea Wolf , Nunexploitation : Sor Emmanuelle , Cloak and Sandals : Revenge of the Barbarians , Rome versus Rome , Conquest of the Normans , and specially Spaghetti such as 1971 Il Tredicesimo è Sempre Giuda , 1969 Un Posto all'inferno , 1968 Un Buco in Fronte , 1967 Con Lui Cavalca la Morte , 1967 Un poker Di Pistole , 1967 The last gunfighter and 1966 Deguello .


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