Sundance and the Kid

Sundance and the Kid is (Italian: Vivi o, preferibilmente, morti, lit. 'Alive or Preferably Dead') a 1969 Spaghetti Western comedy directed by Duccio Tessari and starring Giuliano Gemma, Nino Benvenuti, and Sydne Rome. The film was also released under the titles Alive or Preferably Dead and Sundance Cassidy and Butch the Kid.[2]

Sundance and the Kid
Directed byDuccio Tessari
Screenplay by
  • Giorgio Salvioni
  • Duccio Tessari[1]
Story byEnnio Flaiano[1]
Music byGianni Ferrio[1]
CinematographyManuel Rojas[1]
Edited byMario Morra[1]
  • Compagnia Finanziaria Cinematografica
  • Ultra Film
  • Hesperia Films[1]
Distributed byInterfilm (Italy)
Release date
  • 1969 (1969)


Two estranged brothers, city gambler Monty (Gemma) and Wild West farmer Ted Mulligan (Benvenuti) inherit $300,000 from their late uncle, on condition that they endure to live together for six months. The two start fighting about everything, and trouble begins as soon as Monty arrives in Ted's hometown.



Sundance and the Kid was first distributed in 1969.[2][3]


Bert Fridlund described Sundance and the Kid as being a forerunner to the Trinity films series starring Terence Hill and Bud Spencer which reshaped the Spaghetti Western.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Vivi o preferibilmente morti (1969)". Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Grant 2011, p. 451.
  3. ^ Grant 2011, p. 433.
  4. ^ Fridlund 2006, p. 247.
  5. ^ Fridlund 2006, p. 248.


  • Fridlund, Bert (2006). The Spaghetti Western. A Thematic Analysis. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company Inc.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Grant, Kevin (2011). Any Gun Can Play. Fab Press. ISBN 9781903254615.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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