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China 9, Liberty 37 (1978)

China 9, Liberty 37 (1978)

China 9, Liberty 37





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Railroad barons save an outlaw from the hangman's rope and hire him to kill a gunfighter. Instead, he runs off with his target's wife, and the two are pursued by the railroad's henchmen. Legendary director Sam Peckinpah appears as a dime-novel author who turns killers into pulp heroes. (Alternate title: "China 9, Liberty 37")more
Rating: R
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Monte Hellman
On DVD: Jul 27, 2010
Titanus Produzione


Fabio Testi
as Clayton Drumm
Warren Oates
as Matthew Sebanek
Jenny Agutter
as Catherine
Sam Peckinpah
as Wilbur Olsen The Wri...
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The title may suggest some other genre, but don't be fooled -- this is a spaghetti western. Director Monte Hellman returns to the West (via Spain and Italy) and works with grizzled Warren Oates yet again, crafting a well-photographed tale of guns and a love triangle. The locations are pretty and co-star Jenny Agutter is even prettier, but the story is just too simple to sustain much tension. A handsome, sharp-shooting wanderer is hired to take out Oates, but has second thoughts after befriending him and his wife Agutter (who is abundantly naked throughout the film, thank you very much). Which man will she choose? Alas, sheer intelligibility is a substantial problem -- star Fabio Testi is a mumbler with a heavy Italian accent and, even worse, the overstressed musical score often drowns out the dialogue. A shame. The legendary Sam Peckinpah pops up in one scene, portraying a crafty writer out to wring some folklore out of Testi's life.

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