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China 9, Liberty 37 (1978)

Amore, piombo e furore (original title)
The railroad hires a condemned killer to murder an uncooperative rancher but the assassin fails to deliver, prompting the railroad men to go after him instead.

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Jerry Harvey (story and screenplay), Douglas Venturelli (story and screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Oates ... Matthew Sebanek
Fabio Testi ... Clayton Drumm
Jenny Agutter ... Catherine Sebanek
Sam Peckinpah ... Wilbur Olsen, Dime Novelist
Isabel Mestres ... Barbara, Virgil's Wife
Gianrico Tondinelli Gianrico Tondinelli ... Johnny Sebanek
Franco Interlenghi ... Hank Sebanek
Charly Bravo Charly Bravo ... Duke, Barbara's Brother (as Carlos Bravo)
Paco Benlloch Paco Benlloch ... Virgil Sebanek
Sydney Lassick ... Sheriff's friend
Richard C. Adams Richard C. Adams ... Sheriff
Natalia Kim Natalia Kim ... Cassie
Ivonne Sentis Ivonne Sentis ... Prostitute (as Yvonne Sentis)
Romano Puppo ... Zeb / Zeb's brother
Luis Prendes ... Williams
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Storyline

Condemned gunman Clayton is given a last minute reprieve on condition he murders rancher Matthew for a railway company. Visiting Matthew's ranch, Clayton is unable to bring himself to kill Matthew and leaves, but Matthew's wife, Catherine, believing she has killed Matthew during an argument joins Clayton. Matthew, still alive, and mad as hell joins Clayton's equally angered employers to hunt down the pair Written by Tom Seldon <elpuro.msn.com>

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The deadliest crossroad.

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

4 August 1978 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

China 9, Liberty 37 See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The English title of the film (China 9, Liberty 37) comes from a signpost seen at the start of the movie which shows the distances to the two nearest towns:- China being 9 miles in one direction and Liberty 37 miles in the other. See more »

Goofs

When Matt first meets the gunfighter he tells him to keep his hands up. As the shots cut from each perspective his hands go up and down several times. See more »

Quotes

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Gallows Observer: Pretty sight, no more Japanese.
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A somewhat odd spaghetti Western
4 August 2013 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

A somewhat odd spaghetti Western. I am not familiar with this Monte Hellman, but at first I thought he was trying to be Sergio Leone. Later, I thought he was trying to outdo Leone. I am not sure if the setting is supposed to be southeast Texas, even though there are towns named China and Liberty there, but the countryside there is wooded, and even a bit swampy. Excellent photography of the arid Spanish landscapes. The sound was awful, though, with score and background noise often drowning out dialog. Fabio Testi was the wooden anti-hero, with a serious Italian accent. Warren Oates was the only really well-developed character. Jenny Agutter was oh, so beautiful. But she was alternately reserved and wanton, so it was hard to figure out her character. (You really have to see the uncut version. It is available if you search hard enough for it.) There were a few anachronisms and plot holes but not terribly so. A pet peeve of mine is people suffering grievous wounds, like gunshots and stabbings, and seemingly having no ill effects after three days. I know it moves the narrative along, but sheesh. Anyway it was OK, and just a bit better due to Agutter.


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