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Cast

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Claudio Undari ... Sgt. Brown (as Robert Hundar)
Emma Cohen ... Sarah Brown
Alberto Dalbés ... Thomas Lawrence
Antonio Iranzo ... Ray Brawster
Manuel Tejada ... Dim Marlowe
Ricardo Díaz ... Joe Farrow
José Manuel Martín ... John McFarlane
Carlos Romero Marchent ... Slim
Rafael Hernández ... Dick Patterson
Eduardo Calvo ... Sgt. Taylor
Lorenzo Robledo
Emilio Rodríguez
Xan das Bolas ... Buddy (as Tomas Ares)
Francisco Nieto
Antonio Padilla
Simón Arriaga
Juan Antonio Elices
Mabel Karr ... Mrs. Brown
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Dan van Husen ... Buddy's henchman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent  (as Joaquin Romero Marchent)
 
Writing credits
Joaquín Romero Hernández (story) &
Santiago Moncada (story)

Joaquín Romero Hernández (screenplay) &
Santiago Moncada (screenplay)

Original Music by
Carmelo A. Bernaola  (as Carmelo Bernaola)
 
Cinematography by
Luis Cuadrado 
 
Film Editing by
Mercedes Alonso 
 
Set Decoration by
José Luis Galicia  (as Galicia)
Jaime Pérez Cubero  (as Cubero)
 
Costume Design by
León Revuelta 
 
Makeup Department
Romana González .... assistant makeup artist
Carlos Paradela .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Serafín García Trueba .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mariano Canales .... assistant director
 
Art Department
José A. Hidalgo .... sets assistant
Juan de la Flor .... property master
 
Sound Department
Luis Castro .... foley artist
José María San Mateo .... sound mixer (as Jose Mª San Mateo)
 
Special Effects by
Pablo Pérez .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Teo Escamilla .... camera operator
Salvador Gómez Calle .... assistant camera (as Salvador Gomez)
Laureano López .... still photographer
Julio Romera .... electrical equipment supplier
 
Editorial Department
Marisa Hernández .... second assistant editor (as Mª Luisa Hernández)
María Dolores Laguna .... assistant editor (as Mª Dolores Laguna)
 
Other crew
Rosa Biadiu .... script supervisor
Juan Mauricio Matías .... second production assistant (as Mauricio Matías)
Manuel Sánchez .... production assistant
 
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Also Known As:
"Condenados a vivir" - Spain (original title)
"Bronson's Revenge" - USA (video title)
"Cutthroats 9" - USA (video box title)
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90 min | Canada:83 min (VHS version)
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Corbucci-meets-Fulci in this bleak, violent western., 13 July 2008
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

By 1972, the spaghetti western was already past its hay day and was looking for different ways, styles and themes to push the envelope. Cut-Throats Nine belongs to that small variety that brought horror sensibilities to the genre (like Sartana, Django the Bastard and others) but it also took it one step further. Whereas other westerns were content to be dark and brooding in an atmospheric kind of way, Cut-Throats is as violent and graphic as any Italian horror movie from the 70's.

The plot is minimal but quite good. For better or for worse, the director doesn't go for the psychological angle between captor and captives like Anthony Mann's The Naked Spur did, but instead focuses on the violence and nihilism that is the logical conclusion when nine ugly, dangerous criminals chained to each other are transported through the barren, desolate terrain to a nearby fort.

On the western front, Cut-Throats is as bleak and unforgiving as the gritty works of Sergio Corbucci minus the finesse and style of that great cinematician. The feeling is there though. The snowy, rocky landscape, the nihilistic, unredeemable characters, the grit and the violence. There are no heroes and cowboys with white hats here. If John Wayne were to set foot in the western universe Cut-Throats portrays, he would sooner pack his things and find a new hobby like sewing. Much like Hitchcock's Psycho, the person closer to what we could identify as the "hero" is burnt to a crisp 30 minutes in. That's where the movie ultimately succeeds. By being deprived of all certainty, you're left hanging there in the snow with a bunch of ugly cut-throats. Speaking of cutting throats, there's more: people get stabbed, intestines pour out, others are burnt alive, beaten mercilessly, nailed to hooks, get their brains blown out, corpses are burnt, legs are cut off. And with all the same graphic detail one would expect from a gruesome Italian horror from the likes of Fulci or Lenzi. Coupled with the general take-no-prisoners, mean-spirited air that permeates every minute, Cut-Throats is more likely to appeal to exploitation fans than the traditional western crowd.

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