A Reason To Live, A Reason To Die

a.k.a. Massacre At Fort Holman

Una Ragione Per Vivere, E Una Per Morire

(1972)

 

Pembroke - James Coburn

 

Eli Sampson - Bud Spencer

 

Ward - Telly Savalas

 

Also Starring: José Suarez, Georges Geret, Ugo Fangareggi, Reinhard Kolldehoff, Guy Mairesse, Benito Stefanelli, Adolfo Lastretti.

 

Directed by - Tonino Valerii

 

Kills:101

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Ward - †

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Reviewed version - Wild East DVD

During the American Civil War Colonel Pembroke swears to re-take the fort he lost to Major Ward. The only help he gets is 7 condemned men.

I had pretty high expectations for this one, directed by Valerii and a good cast. It failed to reach my expectations but then again this in nothing but a Dirty Dozen goes American Civil War rip-off. The directing isn't totally bad, begins out real nice and reaches even Leone like camera movement. However somewhere along the line (The "war over" party?) it breaks down and becomes a regular war western. Predictable, not only because of the prologue, but also because of the Dirty Dozen syndrome. No gunplay and limited action until the end fight. The condemned men theme is not used to its full. Backgrounds of the men are only briefly explained and some are totally unnecessary and seems to be there only to get killed. Maybe to make it look atleast a bit dangerous since it now looks like it's too easy to take the fort.

Based on the German trailer it was marketed as a Bud Spencer comedy in Germany. Spencer does a bit of more "serious" comedy than his usual. Coburn makes a good perfomance but Savals seems to lack motivation and Major Ward's character could have been much better with another actor.

 

Some dialogue:

Sampson: "-Today I killed for the first time." Pembroke: "-And it's the last for me."

 

 

 

 

3 January 2007