One year after Duck friend Sucker! James Coburn went earlier to Almeria to shoot another spaghetti western. A reason to Live, a reason to dice is a kind of The Dirty Dozen in western form, through a few pinches of wherein Eagles Dare, The Wild Bunch and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

The film opens up with a written statement:

“Today i walked through the ruins of what to be once ft Holman. 10 years ago, this Civil war fortress, believed to it is in impregnable, was ruined by a wild bunch that marauders. Eli Sampson, a survivor of that massacre, revealed in one interview that the raid was the an outcome of a blood feud in between two bitter men: Colonel Pembroke, a Union officer, thought to be a traitor and also a coward, led the mission to recapture the ft he had actually once surrendered. Significant Ward, a awful "Mad Genius," that joined the Confederacy specifically to obtain command of fort Holman, so that he can rule the huge surrounding Santa Fe are after the war. But what encourages these 2 men and what resulted in this significant blood bath, was explained by Eli Sampson in the story that follows”




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While the message is rolling end the screen, Colonel Pembroke and Eli Sampson space overlooking the dead bodies of the guys who to be slaughtered throughout the massacre of fort Holman. Sampson claims that now he has killed because that the an initial time in his life. We then move ago in time, come the occasions that have actually led to the arrest that Pembroke and Sampson for looting. After the arrest, Pembroke speak the Union officer in fee that he could win back the fort he had given up previously without a real fight, if the army would only provide him twelve decent men. Every he gets, is seven dirty convicts, who acquire the opportunity to choose in between Pembroke and also the gallows …

So much I had actually only viewed a truncated version of the movie and I didn’t favor it at all. The much longer version has some twenty minute of extra scenes in the beginning of the movie, amongst them the step in which Pembroke and Sampson first meet and are arrested for looting. The new scenes seem essential, deepening the relationship in between the 2 protagonists, and - above all - showing the contrast between these 2 men, the frustrated, introspective Coburn (who has lost both his honor and also son to the war), and the ebullient Spencer (a good-for-nothing who supplies all his wit and also guile to make it through in wartime). Through these two main characters much better defined, the entire an initial half works better, transmitting few of the absurdity that war. In one step we have Spencer running with the roadways of a small town, shouting the the battle is over, immediately transforming the main street right into the scene of a party. There room a pair of intriguing moments, such together the step with one of the convicted men refusing Pembroke’s offer: a religious zealot who had protested against the war and also categorically refuses to weaken in the confront of death.


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James Coburn is first-billed, however Bud Spencer has an ext screen-time. According to Valerii, the very first choice because that the Spencer component was Eli Wallach (1). Telly Savalas as the ‘mad genius’ has actually a an excellent death scene yet is otherwise wasted. His character almost becomes ridiculous once Valerii has him light his matches on the genitals of a classic sculpture. The other personalities are rather simple (there’s the looter, the vagabond, the rapist, etc.) and they are played by actors that were – therefore it seems – mostly chosen for your looks. Amongst others we gain Ugo Fangareggi, the guy with the longest confront in the world, when Benito Stefanelli once again is numero uno in the wonderful people of whiskers. If the very first half that the movie functions well, the 2nd half, with the elaborate arrangement to obtain into the fort, drops flat. Things just pick up in the cool finale, v a lot of explosions, Gatlin-guns, a few graphic killings and a lot of stuntmen fallout’s from an excellent heights. The ft was developed for the movie El Condor, and also used because that spaghetti westerns and also non-spaghetti westerns as well. The crucial ‘hanging scene’ to be shot in another fort, fort Bowie, developed for another spaghetti western, The Deserter. The ft was refurbished for this movie, but the prison us see, consists of only a façade and a couple of props of timber (2).

Director: Tonino Valerii - Cast: James Coburn, Bud Spencer (Carlo Pedersoli), Telly Savalas, René Kolldehoff, José Suarez, Ugo Fangareggi, Adolfo Lastretti, Benito Stefanelli, guy Mairesse, Paco Sanz, point of view Alvarez - Music: Riz Ortolani

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Some added notes on the different versions

Thanks to Phil H

The film was released at assorted lengths in different countries. The shortest version, with a running-time of no more than 79 minutes, to be the German Klamauk variation (a distinct version v a funny dub, to cash in on Spencer"s popularity and sell it together a comedy). The longest version was the Italian edit (96 minutes, some resources say 98 minutes). In many other nations , among them UK, US and the Netherlands, it had actually a running time of a tiny over 90 minutes. Because then other, so-called composite versions have actually been released, and also the longest variation available, released on DVD through Wild eastern (3), has a running-time of 112 minutes (118 minutes in PAL). Because that some factor or another, Coburn’s voice was referred to as in this version, yet there’s a fandub floating on the net in i m sorry his voice was re-inserted. It likewise has a different score by Riz Ortolani. This 112/118 minutes version is the longest available, but not the longest possible: the much shorter version(s) include a couple of shots the are missing in the much longer one.

Notes:

(1) Marco Giusti, Dizionario del west all"italiano


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