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If You Want to Live... Shoot! (1968)

Se vuoi vivere... spara! (original title)
A young cowboy, Johnny, playing in a rigged poker game is forced to shoot one of the other players. The cowboy takes quick leave as he is accused of murder and a reward for his capture is posted.


Sergio Garrone (as Willy S. Regan)


Franco Cobianchi (screenplay) (as F. Cobianchi), Sergio Garrone (screenplay) (as S. Garrone)




Complete credited cast:
Ivan Rassimov ... Django / Johnny Dark (as Sean Todd)
Giovanni Cianfriglia Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Stark (as Ken Wood)
Isabella Savona Isabella Savona ... Sally McGowan
Franco Cobianchi Franco Cobianchi ... General Alvarez (as Peter White)
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy ... Marlowe
Cristina Penz Cristina Penz ... (as Christel Penz)
Aldo Cecconi Aldo Cecconi ... Hans Muller (as Jim Clay)
Enzo Consoli Enzo Consoli ... Poker Player
Renato Mambor Renato Mambor ... Dick Logan
Adriano Micantoni Adriano Micantoni ... Papa McGowan
Valentino Macchi Valentino Macchi ... (credit only)
Franco Cecconi Franco Cecconi ... Tommy McGowan (as Il piccolo Franco Cecconi)
Riccardo Garrone ... Donovan (as Rick Garrett)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fortunato Arena Fortunato Arena ... Lookout
Bruno Ariè Bruno Ariè ... Slim


A young cowboy, Johnny, playing in a rigged poker game is forced to shoot one of the other players. The cowboy takes quick leave as he is accused of murder and a reward for his capture is posted.

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Release Date:

7 January 1968 (Italy) See more »

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If You Want to Live... Shoot! See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Due bounty killer per un massacro (2007) See more »

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So-so Spaghetti Western with a brave hero , Ivan Rassimov /Django , confronting a nasty villain and his hoodlums
26 September 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

"If You Want to Live... Shoot!" is a low-budgeted movie middlingly made by Sergio Garrone . A young cowboy , Johnny , is playing in a rigged poker game and when he is accused as trickster he is forced to shoot one of the other deceitful players . The cowboy takes quick leave , as he is framed of murder and subsequently killed by the two-fisted Stark (Giovanni Cianfriglia or Ken Wood) . A bit later on , there shows up Django (Ivan Rassimov) who is also accused as tricky cardsharp , and he kills contenders and a reward for his capture is posted . Django is pursued , chased and wounded , being healed by the McGowan family , and especially by the young daughter Sally (Isabella Savona) who falls for him . But the powerful baron land Marlowe (Tom Felleghy) wants to take the McGowan's farm to build the railway and orders to General Alvarez (Peter White) to carry out a punishment against them . Django , then , seeks revenge , at the same time being relentlessly pursued by Stark . Django is helped by the shrewd as well as mysterious bounty hunter Donovan (as Rick Garret : Riccardo Garrone) . Valiant Django and earnest , experienced gunslinger Donovan join forces to rescue the poor family from the group's vile clutches . Both of whom arrive to establish law and order against the ruthless Marlowe . As astute Django and Donovan unite to terminate a reign of terror carried out by a brutal band of criminals .

This below-average Ravioli Western packs thrills , go riding , action , brawls , crossfire and drags at times , balancing in ups and downs . The plot summary is plain and simple : a small town is besieged by a brutal band of bandits led by a villain as well as ruthless owner called Marlowe/Tom Felleghy who takes on the famous Pistolero named Django/Ivan Rassimov helped by an elegant bounty hunter , Donovan/Riccardo Garrone , and along the way they free an abducted beautiful girl . As stubborn and cunning Django along with saintly roving gunslinger Donovan take on Marlowe . The movie has the customary Spaghetti characters , as the violent facing , greedy antiheroes , bloody and spectacular showdowns , quick zooms , extreme baddies but being wretchedly directed in some scenes . It packs an enjoyable and attractive musical score by Mancuso and Vasco directed by L. Gori in Morricone/spaghetti style . And an atmospheric cinematography in Eastmancolor by Sergio Mancori , though a perfect remastering is necessary , being shot in Elios studios and El Lazio Rome .

This lowbrow motion picture "If You Want to Live... Shoot!" was regularly filmed by Sergio Garrone and with lots of zooms . Sergio's direction is badly crafted , here he is more inclined toward violence and packs some thrills and action , but especially this exciting Western contains moving shoot'em ups and some gloomy scenes when a family is massacred . Sergio serves as a classic example of a journeyman Italian exploitation filmmaker and freelance screenwriter . As Garrone penned a great number of screenplays and lack-luster films , working from the 60s in all kind of genres and B movies . He directed this embarrassing western , genre in which he would not only excel but one where he would spent much of the rest of his career . Sergio went on to helm several other spaghetti Westerns , many of them Spanish co-productions, that include Tre Croci Per Non Morire (1968) , Quel Maledetto Giorno Della Resa Dei Conti (1971) , Deguello (1966) also starred by Jack Stuart , Huracan Sobre Mexico (1967) and his greatest notoriety was the peculiar outing : Django il Bastardo (1969) . In 1974 Garrone directed the horror features as Le Amanti del Mostro (1974) and La mano Che Nutre la Morte (1974) , both of which performed Klaus Kinski . He made and wrote for everything from inferior sex comedies as La Clinica Dell'Amore (1976) , El Periscopio (1979) by José Ramón Larraz , to even Giallo , mystery thrillers such as : L'ultimo harem , La Pagella , Blonde Köder Kür den Mörder (1969) or Killer's Gold . Later on , Sergio Garrone directed nasty Naziexploitation or Porno-Nazis as Lager SSadis Kastrat Kommandantur (1976) and SS Lager 5: L'inferno Delle Donne (1977). And after writing the violent/erotic WIPs (women-in-prison) : Hell Behind the Bars (1984) and Detenute Violente (1984)

After successful original ¨Django¨ by Sergio Corbucci with Franco Nero , it was followed by several imitations , rip offs and cheesy copies , such as : ¨Pochi dollar per Django¨ or ¨Alambradas De Violencia¨ (1966) by Leon Klimowsky starred by Anthony Steffen , Gloria Osuna , Frank Wolff ; ¨El Mio Nome e Django¨ (1969) by Ferdinando Baldi with Terence Hill , Horst Frank , George Eastman ; ¨Django Le Bastard¨(1969) by Sergio Garrone with Anthony Steffen , Paolo Gozlino ; ¨¨Django defies Sartana¨(1969) by Pasquale Squitieri with George Ardisson and Tony Kendall ; ¨Ein Pressen Fur Django¨ or ¨Barro en Ojos¨(1971) by Edoardo Mulargia with Anthony Steffen ; and the official sequel titled ¨Il Grande Ritorno¨(1987) by Nello Rossati with Franco Nero , Christopher Connolly and Donald Pleasence .

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