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Kill or Be Killed (2015)

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In the autumn of 1900, outlaw Claude Barbee puts his 'retirement plan' in action, attempting to lead his train-robbing gang across Texas to recover a cash stash hidden after a botched railroad heist.


Duane Graves (co-director), Justin Meeks (co-director)


Duane Graves (co-writer), Justin Meeks (co-writer)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Meeks ... Claude 'Sweet Tooth' Barbee
Paul McCarthy-Boyington ... 'Slap' Jack Davis
Gregory Kelly ... Frank 'Blockey' Jackson (as Greg Kelly)
Deon Lucas ... Goody Spotswood
Bridger Zadina ... Willie Carson
Larry Grant Harbin ... Tom Nixon
Arianne Martin ... Pearl Nava (as Arianne Margot)
Luce Rains ... Sheriff Everheart
Timothy McKinney ... Deputy Marshall Peak
Edwin Neal ... Bargsley
Michael Berryman ... Dr. Pepperdine
Pepe Serna ... Rudy Goebel
Gayland Williams ... Ivy Goebel
Sonny Carl Davis ... Bert
Tina Rodriguez ... Phoebe


In the autumn of 1900, outlaw Claude Barbee puts his 'retirement plan' in action, attempting to lead his train-robbing gang across Texas to recover a cash stash hidden after a botched railroad heist. They soon discover they're being hunted by more than just the law - but rather a merciless, unexpected evil quite possibly greater than themselves. Written by Anonymous

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Texas, 1900. For the Barbee gang, it's kill or be killed! See more »

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Release Date:

1 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red on Yella, Kill a Fella See more »

Filming Locations:

Manor, Texas, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film's original title, "Red on Yella, Kill a Fella," is an old saying used to help people identify a potentially deadly coral snake. See more »


Towards the end of the movie, Slap was shot by the Sheriff in the side of the ribs. When Sweet Tooth takes out the bullet, the bullet hole is up in his left shoulder. See more »


Claude 'Sweet Tooth' Barbee: On the Enchanted Rock segment that had been deleted. I'm afraid it's gonna be damn near impossible for an outlaw to make an honest living.
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Do not believe the low ratings!
21 March 2016 | by art-is-subjectiveSee all my reviews

First of, let me say that I really don't understand the ratings any more! How is it possible that a redundant piece of CT... like 'the hateful eight' has a rating of eight while this name worthy spaghetti western only reaches four and a half?

Please, do not believe for a second that this score resembles anything of what the movie really is.

It had me going for the whole nine yards... The actors all fitted more than well for a western. They all did what they had to do and gave (although somewhat clichéd) their characters that distinguished touch.

From the very start it takes you on the ride and never lets you out of its grip. It's rough, bloody, humorous, a dash of mystery and even a little surrealistic touch near the end.

The dialogue never annoyed me because it was always straight to the point and never got out of touch with what was happening.

And hats of for the fact that the whole movie resides around the villains. It's not like I was really connected to them, but still I constantly was curious about what was going to happen next. Maybe you'll think I'm stating the obvious here, but let's be honest, if it was that easy to keep your audience interested, then there would be no bad movies.

They even did a very nice job with the music. No masterpiece, but still giving that spaghetti feeling all the way. It just felt good...

So, if you are in doubt and are reading this humble opinion, then please do not hesitate, just watch it! You will not regret it!

They left one little hole (definitely no pun intended) with that 'fine little whore', but it was nothing that bothered me in the end. I merely got a 'hmm, I wonder why she did this or said that'. Nothing severe though.

And yes, maybe I am overrating it with a nine, but I had to withhold myself for not giving it a ten because the current rating (I know, I'm repeating myself here, but I have to...) is truly despicable and totally unfair toward the makers! To those whom were feeling compelled to give this less than a seven I have only one thing to say: asinine.

There, I spilled my guts and if you watch the film, you'll know why...

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