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Plot: Branded a coward for surrendering his New Mexico fort to the Confederates without firing a shot, a Union colonel attempts to redeem himself by leading a band of condemned prisoners on a suicide mission to recapture it. Runtime: 109 mins Release Date: 27 Dec 1972
Two men, Colonel Pembroke JAMES COBURN and Eli Sampson BUD SPENCER ,stand in the middle of a fortress, Fort Holman, littered with dead bodies, in the aftermath of a bloody battle. The story is told in flashback and as the two men leave the deserted and destroyed fortress, the film begins from the start and depicts the events leading up to the massacre. During the American Civil war, a disgraced Colonel Pembroke is brought back to his union superiors after having escaped from a Confederate prisoner of war camp and been arrested for looting. It turns out that Pembroke was in charge of the <more>
garrison at Fort Holman, but surrendered to Confederate Major Ward TELLY SAVALAS and his rebel forces without a single shot being fired, which allowed Ward to take over the Fort without a fight. Although branded a coward and a traitor, Pembroke's superior officer gives him the chance top redeem himself, by re-taking Fort Holman. Pembroke selects 6 men to take with him on his mission,4 convicts, a dubious army Sergeant and Eli, whom he met shortly after his escape from the POW camp. As the men set out on their mission, we soon find out Pembroke's personal motivation for giving up the fort, and wanting to take it back...A REASON TO LIVE,A REASON TO DIE is one of my favourite Spaghetti Westerns,the highlight of the whole film has got to be the climatic battle inside Fort Holman.The whole sequence was spectacular, exhilarating,absolutely riveting and shot in a fun, exciting way.As with every other Spaghetti western, the stunts in this sequence are awesome, the shots of masses of soldiers being gunned down by Gatling Guns and pistols and furiously flinching, falling down steps and off of walls as they got shot were fantastic and sent my pulse pounding and adrenaline surging through my veins. The massive explosions were mind blowing and the shots of the wagon sheds angrily exploding with flames tearing them apart blew me away, I was completely awestruck by how I could feel the thundering impact of every explosion as the camera shook violently every time something was blown apart. Pembroke and his men kick ass and raise hell in rollicking Spaghetti western fashion as they throw packs of Dynamite over the fort walls and into the fort, destroying the entire place and taking out dozens of men and tearing up buildings. One part in this sequence which made me laugh was when Eli grabs two soldiers manning a Gatling Gun, bashes their heads together and throws them off of the fort wall. I was extremely impressed by the Fort Holman set and awestruck just by how vast and huge it was and how expertly designed and built it was.This final battle is the only action scene in the whole film and the director does a great job in building up to this explosive, ear shattering, all-guns-blazing finale.The cinematography was incredible, with stunning shots of the rocky, sun baked mountains, as I've already stated, the excitement and energy of the final battle is captured magnificently. The shots of the Steam Engine chuntering down the track early in the film were also excellent. I thought Colonel Pembroke was a strong character and was portrayed excellently by James Coburn, even though he gets very little screen time, Telly Savalas absolutely superb as the crazed Major ward, I loved the part during the battle in which he shoots a deserting soldier before screaming "There'll be no time for court martials, EXECUTION ON THE SPOT". Bud Spencer was magnificent and the guy who played the brutal union Sergeant also gave a decent performance, I also thought the dubbing was terrific, although the voices of James Coburn and Telly Savalas sounded genuine, I thought the rough, deep voices of the characters were cool/The storyline was appealing, interesting and marvellously gritty and the pacing was satisfactory with the men constantly getting closer to the fortress. The final scene between Colonel Pembroke and Major Ward was chilling, taut and really nail biting and shot in a mind blowing, gut wrenching way, I sensed a brief anti war comment at the end of the film when Colonel Pembroke cuts down the confederate flag, then throws down his sword and takes off his gun belt and throwing it on the ground. I had no fingers left after the men scaled the cliff face, the shots here were amazing too.Riz Ortolani's score was exceptional, the title music was beautiful, it reminded me of the music in the American westerns of the 40s and 50s.The hairs on the back of my neck stood up prior to the battle as Pembroke and his men emerge on a ridge and shoot two guys before Pembroke screams "GO GET EM" and the men charge towards the fortress and begin hurling dynamite over it's walls as the epic soundtrack plays in the background.A REASON TO LIVE,A REASON TO DIE is a flawless Spaghetti Western,it has an engrossing, intriguing and intelligent civil war storyline,fantastic script and characters, stupendous and brisk camera-work, a tremendous soundtrack which sounds magnificent in the film, dozens of intense and exciting scenes which are well directed, shot and paced and an electrifying,out-of-this-world action sequence to top it all off.10/10.
Disgraced Union officer James Coburn saves himself and a few degenerates, including Bud Spencer, from hanging by suggesting a daring raid on the impregnable Fort Holman, currently being held by mad rebel General Telly Savalas. As the introductory crawl suggests, Coburn has greater motivations than that of simple patriotism.Inspired by The Dirty Dozen with a bit of Where Eagles Dare and The Wild Bunch thrown in, this is an entertaining Italian western/Civil War movie that makes good use of the massive sets previously built for the film El Condor.Generally worth recommending, Massacre At Fort <more>
Holman also widely known as A Reason To Live, A Reason To Die, with Coburn dubbed by someone else and Bud Spencer apparently by character actor R.G. Armstrong! sags some in the middle but things pick up and the final battle is fairly exciting.There's a great performance by the always cool James Coburn, while that of the supposedly insane Telly Savalas is actually more subdued than usual. He was much more zesty in Pancho Villa and A Town Called Hell, though this is still a better movie.
A Reason to Live, A Reason to Watch. (by JohnWelles)
"A Reason to Live, A Reason to Die" 1972 is a exciting, Civil War-set Spaghetti Western, directed by Sergio Leone's protégé Tonino Valerii and stars James Coburn, Telly Savalas and Bud Spencer.The script by Rafael Azcona, Ernesto Gastaldi, Jay Lynn and Tonino Valerii is hardly original, amounting to nothing but a "Dirty Dozen" rehash, but it is adequate: during the American Civil War, the disgraced Colonel Pembroke James Coburn tries to retake a heavily defended fort that was taken by the Confederates from him without a shot fired, a mystery that helps drive his <more>
character, by using twelve recruits who he has saved from death sentences.Despite the lack of originality in the screenplay department, the spirited direction makes the story rattle along at a breathless pace to the expertly staged, wholesale carnage at the end. Throughout, the the three leads fare remarkably well and are the only ones who are given any sort of more than superficial examination of their past. The music by Riz Ortolani, all powerful horns, is masterly, compensating for uninteresting photography.The fast pace and direction help raise this Spaghetti Western into a higher plane, turning it into a very, very enjoyable film.
Funny, fastpaced and dramatic Coburn, B. Spencer and Savallas western (by Cristi_Ciopron)
The fine quality of this comic and then very dramatic Coburn & B. Spencer western was a surprise for me.This heterogeneous and satisfying western is an odd proof that Valerii was an underachiever and that he should of been one of the most respected western directors ever. The movie is, as I said, very heterogeneous; but it also shows a flawless gusto and an unfailing taste for what an action film must be, and has an admirably pure line, there is this purity of the narration that makes it especially likable.In a few words, it is the Dirty Dozen set during another warin 1862, I think.It <more>
has been noticed that there are some WW 2 action films that are essentially westerns. Well, here we got the symmetrical situation: the Coburn western is essentially a commando flick.A commando of only eight men, all evildoers Coburn and B. Spencer are the most familiar faces is sent to conquer a fort; the fort is ruled by Major Ward i.e., Savallas . Savallas and his soldiers are Southerners. In a too small role, Savallas makes yet another of his outstanding villains.Coburn's character isn't a lowlife, but a Colonel that wants to conquer the fort that he surrendered to Major Ward.Most of the film is made in a humorous key. B. Spencer is the protagonist of all sorts of bodily jokes, there are discussions about buttocks, urinating and umbilical region. If you allow me an impious thought, who could imagine Wayne, G. Cooper or Mitchum forcing unsuccessfully to urinate, simulating vainly that they urinate, and complaining about their asses being inflamed by horse-ride? I guess it somehow depends on your particular sensibilities, yet this comic is never displeasing or misplaced or disgusting. It is simply Gargantuan joking.The very long fight scene is particularly pleasingonce the commando enters the fort, a long battle begins. The movie's end is somehow a twistfor me, it was a twistI expected a duel, etc.. Anyway, Savallas is very good. These three actorsCoburn, B. Spencer and Savallasgive the film a particular charm. The fight scene is indeed an interesting one, though on another level than the rest of the movieit's like the film suddenly changesthe feel, the style change suddenly, and we get one of the finest fight scenes, like an ultracompact Dirty Dozen!During this last part of the moviethe fightthe tone becomes intensely and convincingly , seriously dramatic. One could define the film in its entirety as a very funny, comical western, excellently played, and with a long very dramatic fight scene. Coburn meeting Savallas is really chilling and thrillingand Savallas indeed looks as if he was dying when Coburn pierces him with the sword. I dislike disclosing here the endyet Savallas' death was of course foreseeable and on the other hand and much more important Savallas' death scene is so important and finely done and interesting that it of course deserved to be explicitly mentioned here.A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die is rather short. B. Spencer has most of the screen time. Everything seems to happen very quickly; Eli's B. Spencer's sabotage techniques allow for many funny things to be played. Eli and the Colonel are the only two good guys in the film; Eli is as intelligent as the Colonel, and sides with him on every occasion.The humor is of course manly and also very unsubtle; the naturalness gives charm to the comic strips story, while B. Spencer's sometimes aggressive humor is amusing in his usual buffoonish way. This '72 western comes towards the end of B. Spencer's career in the westernsin '73 he'll launch his Piedone. He alternates placidity with aggressiveness ,having already found the formula of his action roles.On the other hand, I have to say that, with all its merits and qualities, A Reason to Live remains a modest thrilling funny likable action western, and it's in no way the equal of a film like The Dirty Dozen where everything was infinitely better, worked much better, etc., there was plenty of action and suspense, the characters had their individuality and the finest actors abounded! .