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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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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 film's screenplay was co-written by Jerry Harvey, with Douglas Venturelli. Mr Harvey was the driving force for the legendary early (L.A. only) film cable channel (1974-1988), the Z Channel, which aired finds - rare, uncut, all at a time before VCR's (much less video stores and now digital). Z Channel's place in film history is documented in the film, Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004), by Xan Cassavetes, daughter of noted director, John Cassavetes, and actress Gena Rowlands. See more »

Goofs

When Catherine initially stabs Mathew, she stabs him on his left side, the blade is horizontal. After the cut, the blade is vertical sticking out of the center of Mathew's upper back. See more »

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[first lines]
Gallows Observer: Pretty sight, no more Japanese.
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After the end credits, a title gives the dedication "To my father". See more »

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Uneven, but has some interest
4 October 2015 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

When the spaghetti genre was all but dead in the late 1970s, the last gasps brought some of the most interesting examples of the genre, including this one. Actually, I am not sure if it qualifies as being a "spaghetti western" because it was helmed by an American director (Monte Hellman) instead of an Italian. It's probably because of this that the end results don't always play out like a typical spaghetti western. It's quite slow at times, and its atmosphere, instead of being action-packed, is pretty serious. In fact, it's almost arty at times. The movie is also interesting in that the main character of the movie, played by Fabio Testi, is not all that sympathetic. Speaking of Testi, his thick accent makes some of his dialogue difficult to understand. But the movie has some strengths as well as weaknesses. There's not much action, but what there is is fairly exciting. There's a good musical score (kind of a mix between European and American western music). And while the movie is slow, it does get you interested in sticking around to see what will happen in the end. If you are into Italian westerns and want to see something a little different - and have some patience to sit through some slow and/or clunky moments - this movie does have some interest.


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