A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die

Synopsis: A dishonoured army officer saves the lives of some hardened criminals on condition that they help him regain his honour. Will they live up to his expectations?
Genre: Western
92 min

A gold cross was stolen from the church.

If we don't we won't catch the thief.

- What kind of cross is it?

- It's a gold cross, that big.

Covered with precious stones.

Come on sergeant, he'll get away.

Are you looking for me?

And for this?

- Is that him?

- Yeah. And that's the cross.

- It belongs to me.

- To hell, it belongs to the church.

- And that gun, too?

- That is right, sergeant.

Take it off.

God bless you, Sergeant.

- If you can give me the cross...

- I'll give it to the priest myself.

It is my responsibility.

I am church caretaker.

- Put the other in the car.

- Aren't you gonna search him too?

You can't do that.

I am the sacr...

- A couple of looters, sir.

- Very well, to the major.

Major Ballard, we caught them

to loot the church in Buckstown.

- Send the one with the hat on over

to my quarters, sergeant. - Yes, sir.

The court martial says you handed Fort Holman

over to the enemy without a shot being fired.

For God sake, why?

I remember at West Point

what you thought of Benedict Arnold,

and what he tried to do.

It's not important.

Not important? Our campaign in the

southwest depended on that stronghold.

With your best friend I wish you'd rotten

in that southern prison camp instead of...

coming back here to the gallows,

ordered by the Court Martial.

Don't let the thought of executing me

ruin your appetite, Charlie.

- They will probably make you a Colonel

for it. - It could be right.

It's good wine.

And what if I took Fort Holman back?

- They'll make you a general for that.

- You are impossible.

Why do you want to retake it?

It was you who gave it away.

- It's a personal matter.

- Also military.

Once I've done it I'd disappear.

You never see me again.

You have my word on it, Charlie.

You know me.

I can't risk it. I have already

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Rafael Azcona

Rafael Azcona Fernández (24 October 1926 – 24 March 2008) was an awarded Spanish screenwriter and novelist who has worked with some of the best Spanish and international filmmakers. Azcona won five Goya Awards during his career, including a lifetime achievement award in 1998.He was born in the northern Spanish city Logroño on 24 October 1926. Azcona initially began his career writing for humor magazines. He became known as a screenwriter when he penned the screenplay for the film, El Pisito (The Little Apartment), which was based on his own novel. The 1959 film was directed by Italian film director, Marco Ferreri.Azcona teamed up with director Fernando Trueba in “Belle Époque,” which won an Academy Award for best foreign film in 1994. He collaborated with other Spanish directors including Luis Garcia Berlanga, Jose Luis Cuerda, Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez, Pedro Olea, and Carlos Saura. Azcona was also awarded the Spanish Fine Arts Gold Medal in 1994.Rafael Azcona died at his home in Madrid, Spain, on 24 March 2008, at the age of 81. more…

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