Watched this today for the first time.
Wow! Stuck it on with zero expectations and no prior knowledge at all and was rewarded with… well, if not quite a rare, unheralded gem, then certainly a welcome little treat at the very least. Monte Hellman? Jenny Agutter? Warren OATES?!? Throw in Fabio Testi - speaking English, no dubs - and you’ve got yourself what should be a winning combination. And, in many ways, it is. A character-driven story more typical of American westerns interspersed with the odd peppering of Italian gunplay. Unfortunately, it appears sadly lacking in any sort of budget and it has a tendency to drag in several areas, and it’s this which ultimately keeps China 9, Liberty 37 out of the company of the genre’s greats. But it’s an interesting story, Fabio Testi does well acting in English and Warren Oates is always hugely watchable and that’s no different here. Also, Jenny Agutter! GRRRR! F*cking gorgeous. She has surprisingly little to do except flick smouldering glances at Testi and generally look sexy considering how prominently she features, but still, it’s hard not to wind up staring at her and ignoring what’s actually happening in the movie.
A bit more money and some sterner editing, and we’d have been looking at a proper spag heavyweight. As it is: Good film, glad I caught it.