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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Colonello Pembroke
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Maggiore Ward
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Eli Sampson
Georges Géret ...
Sergente Spike
Reinhard Kolldehoff ...
Sergente Brent (as Rene Kolldehoff)
Guy Mairesse ...
Donald MacIvers
José Suárez ...
maggiore Charles Ballard (as Jose Suarez)
Ugo Fangareggi ...
Fred
Benito Stefanelli ...
Samuel Pickett un ex condannato
Adolfo Lastretti ...
Will Fernandez / Will Culder (as Guy Ranson)
Fabrizio Moresco ...
Ward's Assistant
Francisco Sanz ...
Farmer (as Paco Sanz)
Carla Mancini
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...

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

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The prison set from John Guillermin's " El Condor " was re-used during the filming. See more »

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At the end of Telly Savalas' first scene he lights up a modern cigarette which clearly has a filter. See more »

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Greed, death and vengeance when war goes private
25 April 2001 | by (Alhambra, CA) – See all my reviews

It is the American Civil War as envisioned by Italians, set apart from the main theaters of conflict, out in the southwestern desert. James Coburn is Col. Pembroke who has lost impregnable Ft. Holman to the Rebs and who has a private scheme to retrieve it along with his honor. He sets out on a commando expedition with a sergeant and a dirty half-dozen volunteers, scalawags freed from the gallows and kept in line (barely) with a promise of hidden gold. Telly Savalas is the Southern commander dreading Pembroke's reappearance. Some exciting action and tense situations, but credibility is strained when, with the Ft. Holman Gatling gun spraying shot into the parade ground, the Confederate troops show no interest in cover but keep milling in the open like ants from a hill goaded with a stick. Not a great or inspiring movie but a solid performance from Coburn. And for all the death there's not much blood.


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