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
 
IMDB:
6.3
PG
Year:
1972
92 min
12 Views

I've killed

for the first time in my life.

On 22 March, 1862.

As from today, the martial law is declared

throughout all the Territory of New Mexico.

Looters, Confederate sympathizers,

persons violating the curfew...

or illegally possessing arms or any other

people believed inimical to the Union,

shall upon capture,

be summarily executed,

by order of the Officer Commanding,

Maj. Charles Ballard, United States Army.

Can you recommend

a good restaurant here, mister?

I got a couple of dollars.

A man with a nose for grub,

usually finds it.

- Did you read that?

- I can read.

You will be shown hanged if

behold much as nails an apple.

- And would they? - I doubt it.

Many loud noise scared of looters.

As well as a solid citizen.

I would sell my soul for a

a roast turkey with chestnut.

Shut up, will you? I'm feeling

faint just thinking by it.

And a hand of chicken, and on

the side, a golden corn...

...all soaked in butter

with a touch of cloves.

Cloves ain't to my taste.

All without a clove is

a playful buttered corn.

If they stick cloves in my corn,

I'll sender it back.

A whole ham...

I can't stand the look at it.

The proprietor always closes at noon,

goes home to dinner...

and comes back an hour later. I

watched that grocery for a week.

I reckon there's a lock on the door.

But what I really need is a partner to

keep an eye open outside while I'm inside.

- Right in front of you. We split even.

- A third and all you can eat. - I'm in.

If someone comes along...

Times are wasted.

And Will be summarily executed...

Hello there, friend. Could you spare a bite

for a poor veteran who hasn't eaten long?

He sacrificed his right leg fighting...

...to free the slaves like Abe Lincoln

said was the only thing humane to do.

- And so I gave my legs for my country.

- Which leg?

This here. They made it out of rotten wood,

it swells up like a sponge in wet weather.

- So, I'll...

- Have you gone loco. You'll smash it!

And show a little respect for

a war hero, you cracker.

I lose a leg fighting and you just sitting

around and eating. To hell with you!

It's got to be treason. The war's

supposed only 30 miles from here.

It's all the fault of that traitor,

who surrendered at Fort Holman.

He opened the gates and the

rebels just strolled right in.

The great dictator,

the biggest in the world.

That shells are bigger as wash tubs.

Those Reds keep firing those guns

to break up the Union's ranks.

To keep our men hold up

like frogs in a pond.

Fort Holman was the best stronghold we had until

that Pembroke just turned it over to the enemy.

Do you think that guns

will be on top of us?

No, they're out of range of us.

- Well, almost probably.

- I wish they get this war over with.

I lost a son at Fort Sumter, and for what,

just to see these Reds ride inside my house.

Yeah, I was at Fort Sumter too.

I shot off so many bullets my rifle

lightly melted in my hand.

I had to spit on it to cool if off.

Maybe your son was fighting right beside me!

- 13th Brigade?

- Sure it was, 13th Brigade.

A real tough brigade!

Say, you wouldn't have a little grub

you could spare to an old soldier

that lost a leg?

Fighting alongside your own son?

I hardly got the corn

like he does.

Sorry. I have never could do.

Help! Help! Please, help!

I've been broke!

Sheriff, come quick!

There are thieves in my store!

Clean them all out!

Do your duty!

Open up there!

Didn't your ma ever tell you that your

eyes were bigger than your stomach?

And now everything goes right back

were it was.

Well, what are you waiting for?

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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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