Monday, November 19, 2012
CHINA 9 LIBERTY 37 (1978)
Monte Hellman, who's a director best known for TWO-LANE BLACKTOP(but personally I think I like his movie COCKFIGHTER with Warren Oates better) made this artsy/romance/spaghetti-western flick which features Fabio Testi and Warren Oates along with a kinda weird supporting cast that includes Sam Peckinpah in a cameo and my fav bit actor Sydney Lassick(unfortunately, as he often did, Lassick also only shows up for a tiny scene and then disappears).
The basic plot here concerns Testi who's freed from jail and is supposed to go kill Oates so a railroad can be built. He ends up banging Oates wife(Jenny Agutter) and then a bunch of shootouts occur. Technically Testi is presented as our hero but doesn't seem all that heroic but that's not really my problem with this film. The main problem is that things go by pretty slowly and drag on and on up until about 3/4's of the way through the run-time when we finally get some action. I've also only ever seen an edited print of this so I imagine an uncensored version would be slightly more exciting with the full nudity and violence. Might be worth a watch for the ladies though, with it's triangular love story and all, which is a rare thing for this genre but it's a little too slow-moving overall for me.