Vincent Price is pretty good in this. Viewers will be struck by the violent, unexpected ending. Final point, reading everyone else's comments. When the multiple murderer Cain is released from prison after 18 years, he wants to settle down as a rancher and never touch a gun again. A great example is the opening of the film, where there's this elaborate prison break in a military prison involving hiding in caskets brought in for a hanging. It doesn't really do anything special, and this viewer wouldn't consider it to be that offbeat, if indeed that's what it was going for.
But his former life haunts him; not only that nobody wants to give him a job, some villains also want to pay him back. Synopsis When the multiple murderer Cain is released from prison after 18 years, he wants to settle down as a rancher and never touch a gun again. Or it was 12 complete misunderstandings. I think part of the problem was Walker himself. The script is also a little too episodic and rambling, and director Robert Sparr, after a promising opening, allows the movie to ramble too easily. More Dead Than Alive is an ambitious movie that tries to do too much with too little. But his former life haunts him; not only that nobody wants to give him a job, some villains also want to pay him back.
It's a treat to see him in this sort of setting. He's clearly enjoying himself, but isn't excessively hammy. Doch 18 Jahre Gefängnis haben sich nicht eben positiv auf sein Talent als Schütze ausgewirkt - und dann gibt es da noch ein paar schwere Jungs, die noch eine alte Rechnung mit ihm offen haben. He did a lot of roles like this and he did them well. But his former life haunts him; not only that nobody wants to give him a job, some villains also want to pay him back. One wonders why the more experienced actors didn't tell him to ratchet down a bit. Doch niemand gibt ihm aufgrund seiner Vergangenheit einen Job, so dass er sich genötigt sieht in einer umherziehenden Schießshow als 'Killer Cain' aufzutreten.
When the multiple murderer Cain is released from prison after 18 years, he wants to settle down as a rancher and never touch a gun again. Working for promoter Dan Ruffalo Vincent Price , Cain attempts to lead a relatively quiet life, but other gunslingers are still out to get him. For Walker, the least we can add is that this film has become a Classic. There are moments when it even recalls Henry King's The Gunfighter 1950 in some of its themes and plot elements. But his former life haunts him; not only that nobody wants to give him a job, some villains also want to pay him back. What hurts the movie is Paul Hampton as the young gun, Billy.
At the same time, Clain tries to teach Billy Valence an envious and arrogant reputation-seeking gun-slinger Paul Hampton not to make the same mistakes he made. . He gets out in the winter of 1891, and really tries to live a normal life. Honestly, his performance is so over the top, so grating and so silly, it just ruins the rest of the movie. Additionally, too much of what is here relies on Clint Walker's acting ability -- with all due respect, he's just not quite up to a job that required a John Wayne or, better still, Gregory Peck.
Clint Walker, Anne Francis and the always wonderful Vincent Price do their parts very well, and individual scenes are very well shot and acted. And then we never see those characters again I don't think and they have nothing to do with the rest of the plot. The story is a moral one which has influence many a writer and director in the following movie years. It's actually pretty familiar altogether, utilizing classic themes like the criminal who wants to leave his bloody past behind him, but can't deny who he was, and the changing times for the American West. Coupled with some heavy-handed elements in the plot, these defects makes for a decidedly mixed -- if interesting -- viewing experience, with a few memorable scenes.
He comes off as such a nice guy that you don't believe for a moment he killed 12 people. There are some great sequences, such as an attempted prison break that's staged about as well as any sequence of its type; and some truths told, as the script trades in some honest Western revisionism that was very refreshing in 1969. Francis adds a real human element since she is able to judge Walker as the man he is now, without factoring in his reputation. Earning honest money, Clain decides to capitalize on his infamous legacy while at the same time trying to go straight. It relates the unusual story of a multiple murderer, called Cain, Clint Walker who has paid the standard price for murdering several men, by serving nearly twenty years in prison. Familiar faces like Mike Henry, Harry Lauter, and Emile Meyer turn up, but it's Price that provides the film with whatever panache it has.
Now that I've checked the spoiler box, let's get to the ending. However after 18 years without practice even Ruffalo's young assistant Billy shoots better than Cain. Cain tries to find redemption and peace when he falls in love and eventually marries Monica Alton Anne Francis , an artist from the east who came out west to paint. However, after 18 years without practice, Cain is not as good as he once was with a gun. Nach 18 Jahren wird der mehrfache Mörder Cain aus dem Gefängnis erlassen und möchte nichts weiter als ein ruhiges Leben als Farmer führen. However after 18 years without practice even Ruffalo's young assistant Billy shoots better than Cain.
An outlaw responsible for many deaths, Cain Clint Walker is released from prison after years behind bars. Walker is an old school tough guy, but also is able to create a reasonably likable character. But no one will give him a job and people are after him for his earlier crimes. Surprisingly, Paul Hampton does rather better in his role as the immature and ultimately psychopathic Billy, and his final encounter with Mike Henry is very well played, but they're not the principal focus of the story. You do want this guy to catch a break, even though the odds are against him. It's largely a vehicle for jut jawed Clint Walker, as the aforementioned former outlaw who vows to serve out his 18 year sentence.
However after 18 years without practice even Ruffalo's young assistant Billy shoots better than Cain. Unfortunately, his reputation limits his employment options, and he's left with no choice except becoming a performer in a Wild West show. While he's mostly remembered for horror films, they only comprise 25% of his credits. Unfortunately, Cain's past is slowly creeping in on his peaceful life-style and it only a matter of time before it catches up to him. Yet Cain's reputation continues to dog him as past enemies Mike Henry try to settle old scores and a young sharpshooter rival with mental issues in Ruffalo's show named Billy Valence Paul Hampton looking to build his reputation by killing Cain. This was convoluted, at best.