A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die (film)

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A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die
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Directed by Franco Giraldi
Produced by Albert Band
Screenplay by Louis Garfinkle
Ugo Liberatore
Albert Band
Starring Alex Cord
Arthur Kennedy
Robert Ryan
Nicoletta Machiavelli
Music by Carlo Rustichelli
Cinematography Aiace Parolin
Edited by Alberto Gallitti
Selmur Pictures
Distributed by Cinerama Releasing Corporation
Release date
  • May 1, 1968 (1968-05-01)
Running time
118 minutes
Country Italy
Language English
Budget $280,000[1]
Box office $885,000 (US)[1]

A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die (error: {{lang-xx}}: text has italic markup (help), also known as Dead or Alive - The Prodigal Gun, Escondido and Outlaw Gun) is a 1968 Italian spaghetti western. It is the fourth and last western directed by Franco Giraldi.[2] It was originally intended as being directed by Sergio Corbucci and the cast was to include also Raffaella Carrà and Renzo Palmer.[2] The American version of the film was heavily cut and handled, including a different ending, and it lasts 16 minutes less than the original version.[2]


McLord is a wanted criminal. He frequently suffers with fits which hinder him to defend himself. His condition seems to deteriorate continuously. Seeking shelter he enters the lawless town Escondido although it is currently under siege by a high-ranked law enforcement officer. There he gets to know the young Laurinda and finds a doctor who discovers the reason for his fits. Unlike he feared he's not epileptic and can be cured for good. Yet he's still an outlaw and that is in the end his downfall.



According to ABC records, the movie made a loss of $165,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "ABC's 5 Years of Film Production Profits & Losses", Variety, 31 May 1973 p 3
  2. ^ a b c Marco Giusti. Dizionario del western all'italiana. Mondadori, 2007. p. 546. ISBN 88-04-57277-9. 

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