Monday, March 16, 2015

China 9, Liberty 37 A.K.A. Amore, piombo e furore (1978)

An Italian Spanish western directed by Monte Hellman, starring Warren Oates, Jenny Agutter and Sam Peckinpah.
A man who is about to be hanged is pardoned when he agrees to kill another man who is in the way of a railroad. They meet and become friends, but the mark's wife falls in love with the assassin. The married couple get in a fight and the wife leaves the husband for dead to run away with the assassin. When the husband recovers, all hell breaks loose because not only is he after the couple, but the railroad people are after all of them.
I liked the plot, although it became a little muddy at times. The characters were good, but the main character's accent changed a few times. The pacing was right, with fast fights and slow time between them. I thought the scene with the main character removing a bullet from his own leg was good. Another amusing aspect was the bottles of booze and cocaine medicine that were omnipresent. Apparently, there is a director's cut edition of this somewhere with some nudity and maybe extra violence. Those things would have really helped to make this film great. It has that gritty western style and if we add a naked Jenny Agutter (of Walkabout (1971) fame), it would be just grand. As is, I'm rating it adequate, but I am going to search for the director's cut as soon as I finish this post.

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