Ragione per vivere e una per morire, Una

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Una ragione per vivere e una per morire (Italy, France, Spain, Germany 1972 / Director: Tonino Valerii)

  • Runtime: 118 min
  • Release Date: 27.10.1972

Also known as

A Reason To Live, A Reason To Die (U.S.A.) | Massacre At Fort Holman (U.S.A.) | Sie verkaufen den Tod (Germany, uncut version) | Der Dicke und das Warzenschwein (Germany, comedy version) | Una razón para vivir y una para morir (Spain) | Une raison pour vivre, une raison pour mourir (France) | La horde des salopards (France) | Uma razão para viver outra para morrer (Portugal) | Uppskov med döden (Sweden) | De hangdas revansch (Sweden) | Bazlogza ziveti i umbreti (Turkey) | Yasamak icin bir neden, olmek icin bir neden (Turkey) | Prawo do życia, prawo do śmierci (Poland) | Uma razao para viver, uma razao para morrer (Argentina) | Proč žít a proč umírat (Czech Republic) | Trinity... Os Sete Magníficos (Brazil) | Едана причина да живееш и една да умреш (Bulgaria) | Клането във форт Холман (Bulgaria VHS)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: James Coburn (Colonel Pembroke), Bud Spencer (Eli Sampson), Telly Savalas (Major Ward), Reinhard Kolldehoff [as René Kolldehoff / Ralph Goodwin](Sergeant Brent), José Suárez [as Joseph Mitchell](Major Charles Ballard), Ugo Fangareggi [as William Spafford](Fred/Ed Wendel), Guy Mairesse [as Robert Burton](Donald MacIvers), Benito Stefanelli (Private Samuel Pickett), Adolfo Lastretti [as Guy Ranson](Will Caulder / Fernandez), Turam Quibo (Jeremy, halfbreed) , Fabrizio Moresco (Ward's aide), Francisco Sanz [as Paco Sanz](farmer), Carla Mancini, Rudolf G. Boevini, Giuseppe Pollini [as Joe Pollini](corporal), Georges Géret [as Allan Leroy](Sergeant Spike), Angel Alvarez (Scully the monger)[Spanish credit], Mario Pardo (Roger, farmer's son)[Spanish credit], Conchita Rabal [as Sharin Sher](April, Roger's wife)[Spanish credit], Alejandro de Enciso [as José Antonio Lopez](rebel soldier) [Spanish credit], Rudolf Gaeval [Spanish credit]
  • Also with: Angelo Casadei (rebel soldier)
  • Story: Ernesto Gastaldi [as Howard Sandford], Tonino Valerii
  • Screenplay: Ernesto Gastaldi, Tonino Valerii, Rafael Azcona
  • Cinematography: Alejandro Ulloa [as Alexander Besch] [Eastmancolor - Techniscope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Riz Ortolani
  • Producer: Arthur Steloff


Disgraced Union officer Colonel Pembroke (James Coburn), offers to re-capture Fort Holdman, which he surrendered several years earlier to the Confederacy. Now under the control of the "Mad-Genius," Major Ward (Telly Savalas), Pembroke enlists the help of convicted felon Eli Sampson (Bud Spencer) and six other vagabonds in his suicidal mission, promising them gold in return for their skills.


Lame variation of the overused Dirty Dozen formula. The screenplay and the directing are remarkably uninspired. (by Stanton)


There is an original theatrical German dub from 1972 which has never been heard on VHS, DVD or BluRay, and a re-dub with a lighter undertone.

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