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An oater made in Spain with Italo backing and American and English thesps in the main roles. Though the director, Monte Hellman, is American, this is a strange western that eschews Italo pasta violence and camp, Hispano romantics or more robust Yank counterparts.

Cast:
Fabio Testi Warren Oates Jenny Agutter Sam Peckinpah Isabel Mestres Richard C. Adams

An oater made in Spain with Italo backing and American and English thesps in the main roles. Though the director, Monte Hellman, is American, this is a strange western that eschews Italo pasta violence and camp, Hispano romantics or more robust Yank counterparts.

Fabio Testi is a gunman who runs off after having raped the wife of a gunslinger he was sent by railroad reps to kill. But she follows him and there is love, until railroad men are sent after the gunslinger and the husband reappears with his brothers.

Warren Oates is gruff as the husband, Jenny Agutter pliant as the torn wife who finally ends up again with her husband when the gunman will not kill him.

The old west looks a bit flat. One cameo scene is done by Sam Peckinpah, a writer selling the legend rather than the reality of the west and who offers his services to the woman in the gunfighters’ life but is refused.

China 9 Liberty 37

Italy

Production: CEA. Director Monte Hellman; Producer Gianni Bozzacchi, Valerio De Paolis, Monte Hellman; Screenplay Jerry Harvey, Douglas Venturelli, Ennio De Concini, Vicente Soriano; Camera Giuseppe Rotunno; Editor Cesare D'Amico; Music Pino Donaggio;; Art Director Luciano Spadoni

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1978. Running time: 102 MIN.

With: Fabio Testi Warren Oates Jenny Agutter Sam Peckinpah Isabel Mestres Richard C. Adams

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