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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.


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




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


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.


Romance | Western


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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 »


Clayton and Catherine are eating dinner in a hotel dining room. Clayton tells her that he is a gunfighter and she is a woman between husbands. The shot returns to Catherine who is sitting in a different setting (her hotel room), but answers as if the conversation was continuous. See more »


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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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Wonderful Revisionist Western
15 March 2001 | by dbuskirk1See all my reviews

One of the few (only?) westerns where sex is the main motivator, a wonderful spaghetti western with Fabio Testi and Jenny Agutter, with Warren Oates and a rare performance by Sam Peckingpaugh. An important film in the ouvre of Monte Hellman, quintessential 70's cult director; a man who has made more great films than Coppola yet remains mostly unknown in his home country. See "Two-Lane Blacktop," "Cockfighter," and "The Shooting."

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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


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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