If You Want to Live … Shoot! / Se vuoi vivere … spara! (Sergio Garrone, 1968)


(Phil H) #1

http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Se_vuoi_vivere…_spara

Couldn’t find a thread for this one and thought it worth making one. If only to keep our Garrone lovin’ Rev happy :wink:

Middle of the road Garrone fare for me. Rassimov is good as always and the director’s brother Riccardo was fine in the Gilbert Roland type role of Donovan. It also has a nice rotoscope opening credits and cool, guitar twanging theme tune. But it’s other failings hold it back from being a real winner and it’s not up to Garrone’s best stuff in my opinion. Always nice to see Ken Wood (Giovanni Cianfriglia) in a prominent bad guy role of course but I thought he could have been used more actually. He seemed to go AWOL in the middle of the picture and didn’t come back until the end. Would have liked to see him throughout.


(Phil H) #2

Oh yes, just remembered my favourite bit.
In the German blacksmith’s livery stable he has a load of horses that used to belong to dead gunslingers and they are all in stalls with the names of their former owners tacked on little signs. Very post modern and self reflexive as the names are all characters from other spaghetti westerns. Django, Ringo, Arizona Colt, MacGregor and Killer Kid amongst them ;D Nice touch I thought.


(p.pereira) #3

Didn’t see this one. Just add a “new” artwork inthe database:


(Reverend Danite) #4

Cheers Phil. Here’s my copy of it as The Outlaw Rider … an ol’ VPD tape (92 mins it says on it). What version did you watch? Is there an official English version dvd?
Strange that the vid has a piccy of Johnny Hallyday from GLI Specialisti on the front though ;D.
It’s been a while so it could be time for a rewatch. I do remember Ken Wood is particularly squinty and mean in this.


(scherpschutter) #5

Beautiful poster (the one pp added, not the one with Johnny Halliday turned into Sean Todd - by a team of specialists I suppose)

Haven’t seen it either. I like Todd, so maybe I’ll like this outing too
I keep confusing it with Se sei vivo, spara!


(p.pereira) #6

I like Todd’s too. An admiration that increased when I first saw “I vigliacchi non pregano”.


(Phil H) #7

[quote=“Reverend Danite, post:4, topic:2173”]Cheers Phil. Here’s my copy of it as The Outlaw Rider … an ol’ VPD tape (92 mins it says on it). What version did you watch? Is there an official English version dvd?
Strange that the vid has a piccy of Johnny Hallyday from GLI Specialisti on the front though ;D.
It’s been a while so it could be time for a rewatch. I do remember Ken Wood is particularly squinty and mean in this.

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Viewed a copy of the Franco Cleef release Rev. Quality is not bad, although not compared to Koch etc. May well be better than your video though. I expect Postman Pat might be calling on you soon :wink:


(Stanton) #8

Garrone’s weakest western. It starts quite good with this poker game and the introducing of Ken Wood, but the 2nd half is mostly routine stuff. And the beeeg final shoot-out is awful.


(Reverend Danite) #9

;D


(ION BRITTON) #10

The first 15 minutes are quite interesting, but then it gets boring really quickly. Rassimov was fine once more however I didn’t like Giovanni Cianfriglia on this one as he seemed very wooden most of the time. Pretty good score. All in all, a forgettable and not easily recommended SW.


(Chris_Casey) #11

I agree with Ion and Stanton that this film starts off well but then turns boring. It picks up very slightly near the end, but not enough to save it from overall mediocrity. Ion is right Rassimov is, once again, fine and the music is pretty good.


(Stanton) #12

I like Rassimov/Todd too. Too bad he didn’t made more Spagies.


(Chris_Casey) #13

[quote=“p.pereira, post:3, topic:2173”]Didn’t see this one. Just add a “new” artwork inthe database:

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Nice poster image! I will be adding around 24 German Lobby Cards to this film’s picture page some time over the next few days.


(Chris_Casey) #14

I agree! I would have liked to see him make more Westerns.


(dicfish) #15

http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Se_vuoi_vivere…_spara/Pictures

Now Ive also added a few pics. Together with those from Chris Casey it will be a lot.


(Chris_Casey) #16

[quote=“dicfish, post:15, topic:2173”]http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Se_vuoi_vivere…_spara/Pictures

Now Ive also added a few pics. Together with those from Chris Casey it will be a lot.[/quote]

Great pics, amigo!
I should have the German Lobby Cards from my collection posted by tomorrow evening.
I will probably switch the stills to the top of the page, if that is OK. They look great and I think they should be at the top.
I also have those three lobby cards that you posted in my collection; so, I won’t have to add those again! Hooray! Saves me a little work! ha ha!
:slight_smile:

Should be an even nicer page by the time it is done.


(Reverend Danite) #17

[quote=“Phil H, post:2, topic:2173”]Oh yes, just remembered my favourite bit.
In the German blacksmith’s livery stable he has a load of horses that used to belong to dead gunslingers and they are all in stalls with the names of their former owners tacked on little signs. Very post modern and self reflexive as the names are all characters from other spaghetti westerns. Django, Ringo, Arizona Colt, MacGregor and Killer Kid amongst them ;D Nice touch I thought.[/quote]
It’s difficult to see them all, but I think there’s Garringo as well - and a Baby Face(?).
Funny - not a lot of big love for this film - but yet again it’s in the Rev’s good book.
I watched it again last night - this time the Franco Cleef version (which is similar picture size and length - but different credits at the start - and far punchier colours than the Outlaw Rider vid I got).
Thoroughly enjoyable fare after a coupla scoops in the pub. 4 stars if viewed with cider.


(Stanton) #18

4 stars are pretty conciderable …


(Reverend Danite) #19

3 stars without cider though :stuck_out_tongue:


(p.pereira) #20

Here’s another that I manage to get a Franco Cleef’s DVDr. I kind of like it in the overall, but still far from the best of Garrone.
The stable gives a good touch. Very funny!