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Title: If You Want to Live... Shoot! aka Se vuoi vivere... spara (1968)
Post by: Banjo on May 26, 2007, 09:03:01 AM
Arizona Colts review:-

Ivan Rassimov is Johnny Dark who comes into town and gets mixed up with a land baron and some Mexican bandits who are trying to force an old man and his family to sell their property. Another gunfighter, a gentlemanly looking character named Donovan ends up helping Johnny with the land baron and also saving him through the various times he is captured or injured. The old man and his son are killed and Johnny and Donovan go after the bad guys. The lackluster ending ties everything up...sort of.

As much as I like Ivan Rassimov...as a villain, it's difficult to accept him as a hero, and not a very good one either, in one of his few starring roles. There is nothing overly special here. There are a couple of nice touches such as the horse stable with steeds named 'MacGregor', 'Django' and 'Ringo'. Apart from that not much else and for the first 10-15 minutes the characters sit around and play poker with the credits sequence wedged in between. The German title on this release has DJANGO (this must be one of those 50+ "sequels") in the title but there is nothing here resembling the coffin toting anti-hero aside from the horse with his name.

The music is nothing special, very derivative of Morricone but serviceable. Sergio Garrone actually shows some flourish from time to time but it's not enough to recommend this to anyone other than those who must see all spaghetti westerns.


Title: Re: If You Want to Live... Shoot! aka Se vuoi vivere... spara (1968)
Post by: titoli on October 15, 2008, 04:15:19 PM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0200096/

http://www.spaghettiwestern.altervista.org/sevuoiviverespara.htm


This is a good SW, the kind that you went to the cinema for, expecting nothing less nothing more. The beginning is very good, based on a prequel showing a ruse played on a stranger card player who gets cheated by the town villains, including the sheriff. The same is repeated on Rassimov (very good as the hero: can't understand AC's point about him. He should have played more roles like this) with dfferent results. The story is not original and it has some loophole like Cianfriglia letting Rassimov escape after their second meeting. But it has some nice twists, like Garrone's (the director's brother in real life) role: you don't know what game he plays until the very end. And most of all the presence of a nymphette (Isabella Savona: she doesn't look older than 15 to me in spite of her solid jugs) who goes after Rassimov till the end. The names of the horses mentioned by AC must have been added in the english version. 7\10