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A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die (1972)

Una ragione per vivere e una per morire (original title)
PG | | Western | 6 August 1973 (Spain)
Branded a coward for surrendering his New Mexico fort to the Confederates without firing a shot, a Union colonel attempts to redeem himself by leading a band of condemned prisoners on a suicide mission to recapture it.

Director:

Tonino Valerii

Writers:

Rafael Azcona (screenplay), Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Coburn ... Colonello Pembroke
Telly Savalas ... Maggiore Ward
Bud Spencer ... Eli Sampson
Georges Géret ... Sergente Spike
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Sergente Brent (as Rene Kolldehoff)
Guy Mairesse Guy Mairesse ... Donald MacIvers
José Suárez ... maggiore Charles Ballard (as Jose Suarez)
Ugo Fangareggi Ugo Fangareggi ... Fred
Benito Stefanelli Benito Stefanelli ... Samuel Pickett un ex condannato
Adolfo Lastretti ... Will Fernandez / Will Culder (as Guy Ranson)
Fabrizio Moresco Fabrizio Moresco ... Ward's Assistant
Francisco Sanz Francisco Sanz ... Farmer (as Paco Sanz)
Carla Mancini Carla Mancini
Joe Pollini Joe Pollini ... Jeremy
Mario Pardo ... Roger, Farmer's Son
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A dishonoured army officer saves the lives of some hardened criminals on condition that they help him regain his honour. Will they live up to his expectations? Written by Hector Farrugia <hector.farrugia@magnet.mt>

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A handful of condemned men on an impossible mission, against hopeless odds...

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France | West Germany | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1973 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die! See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1973) (theatrical) | (Northern Countries PAL DVD) | (original uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Also went by the title "Massacre at Fort Holman" See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1862 but features Gatling guns that, presumably, formed part of the fort's arsenal when it was in Union hands.The gun was designed by Dr Richard J Gatling in 1861 and patented on November 4, 1862. Though two examples were employed near Petersburg and eight fitted on gunboats, it was not accepted by the American Army until 1866. So it's most improbable that it would have been available in a remote theatre of the Civil War. See more »

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Featured in Clawing! A Journey Through the Spanish Horror (2013) See more »

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James Coburn at his best! Premise of story is good.
15 April 2004 | by printerbobSee all my reviews

Who wouldn't jump at the chance to get off a gallows and take a chance at living? The motivation is, of course, gold...lot's of it. James Coburn does a very good job of portraying a soldier seeking justice for his murdered wife, and goes after Telly Sevallis with a vengance, using condemmed men as his team. Much like the Dirty Dozen, but without the military structure of WWII. Liked this movie but the sound track is typically Italian...overmodulated and scratchy. When I first saw this film I thought I was watching a Sergio Leone spaghetti western...even the music sounded the same. In spite of the similes and plagarised plots from other films in this genre, this one still turned out well. Good photography and special effects. Hope someday someone will remaster the sound and turn out a smashing DVD. Enjoy!


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