Tough to Kill (1979)


Tough to Kill (Italian: Duri a morire) is a 1978 Italian action film shot in the Dominican Republic written and directed by Joe D’Amato and starring Luc Merenda and Donald O’Brien.


A hit man joins a band of mercenaries for a mission in an African jungle during a civil war. His goal is to bring back a wanted mercenary dead or alive, for whom a huge reward has been offered. The members of the squad all wind up fighting with each other over the prize.


  • Luc Merenda as Martin.
  • Donald O’Brien as Major Hagerty.
  • Percy Hogan as Wabu.
  • Laurence Stark as Mike O’Sullivan.
  • Piero Vida as Leon.
  • Wolfango Soldati as Polansky.
  • Isarco Ravaioli as Captain Duscheff/Duchesne.
  • Alessandro Haber as Papadinos.
  • Lorenza Rodriguez Lopez as Stella.


The film soundtrack by Stelvio Cipriani was released on CD by Digitsoundtracks on 7 February 2019.


  • The whole thing was shot without sound, with the actors looping their lines in post-production.
  • In addition to star Merenda, the movie’s poster features the likenesses of Michael Sopkiw, Tony King, and Stefano Mingardo even though none of them appear in the movie.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Joe D’Amato.
  • Producer(s):
    • Giuseppe Zaccariello … producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Giuseppe Zaccariello … (written by) (as Joseph McLee).
    • Sergio Donati … (written by).
    • Joe D’Amato … (uncredited).
  • Music:
    • Stelvio Cipriani.
  • Cinematography:
    • Joe D’Amato … (as Aristide Massaccesi).
  • Editor(s):
    • Francesco Malvestito … (as Francesco Malvestiti).
  • Production:
    • Compact.
    • Nucleo.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Filmhansa (1985) (West Germany) (theatrical).
    • Internacional Films Distribución (Spain) (theatrical).
    • Geiselgasteig Film (1985) (Germany) (VHS).
    • General Video (1979) (Italy) (VHS) (Dubbed).
    • Great Movies (2016) (Germany) (DVD).
    • Italian Stallion Productions (1979) (World-wide) (all media) (dubbed).
    • Video Screen Play (VSP) (1985) (Greece) (VHS).
  • Release Date: 15 March 1979 (Italy).
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 83 minutes.
  • Country: Italy.
  • Language: Italian.

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