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A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die

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Title: A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Spaghetti Western, James Coburn, 1972 in film, Telly Savalas, Tonino Valerii, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, List of Spaghetti Western films, The Deserter (1971 film)
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A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die

A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die
Una Ragione Per Vivere E Una Per Morire
A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die DVD cover
Directed by Tonino Valerii
Produced by Michael Billingsley
Tullio Odevaine
Alfonso Sansone
Arthur Steloff
Written by Rafael Azcona
Ernesto Gastaldi
Tonino Valerii
Starring James Coburn
Telly Savalas
Bud Spencer
Music by Riz Ortolani
Cinematography Alejandro Ulloa
Editing by Franklin Boll
Franco Fraticelli
Distributed by K-Tel International Corporation
Release date(s) December 27, 1972 (1972-12-27)
Running time USA: 92 min
Country Italy
Language Italian

A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die (originally titled Una Ragione Per Vivere E Una Per Morire, also known as Massacre at Fort Holman) is a 1972 Technicolor Italian spaghetti western movie starring James Coburn.

Many exterior scenes were filmed at the Fort Bowie set built in the Province of Almería, Spain, where the desert landscape and climate that characterizes part of the province have made it a much utilized setting for Western films, among those A Fistful of Dollars, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and later 800 Bullets. The Fort Bowie set was originally built for the film The Deserter.[1]


In a story derivative of The Dirty Dozen, a colonel (James Coburn) is given a handful of war criminals who are all condemned to die by hanging during the American Civil War to go get his fort back that he lost to Confederate Major Frank Ward (Telly Savalas). Now considered a coward, he leads these men back to the fort to retake it and restore his honor.


Home media

Wild East has released the full uncut version with around 30 minutes extra footage on DVD in the films original widescreen aspect ratio with the title A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die.

See also

List of films shot in Almería


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • AllRovi
  • TCM Movie Database
  • Fort Bowie/Spanish on-location set

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