Amore, Piobo e Furore (1978, ITA/SPA) C-98m. ** D: Monte Hellman. Starring Warren Oates, Fabio Testi, Jenny Agutter, Sam Peckinpah, Isabel Mestres, Richard C. Adams, Romano Puppo, Helga Liné, Tony Brandt. Interesting spaghetti western, one of the genre's last gasps, and clearly influenced by American hands. Hellman tries to create a hybrid of PAT GARRETT & BILL THE KID (1973) and ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968) with a prevailing, lumbering melancholic tone, but story fails to ignite sparks. Testi is saved from the gallows and given a chance to survive if he kills gunfighter-turned-farmer Oates, who is opposing the railroad. Testi falls in love with his wife Agutter and together they conspire to kill him. Slow but fairly meaningless, endowed with a beautiful Pino Donaggio score, film will only interest you if you like that cast. Peckinpah has an impressive cameo role. Also known as GUNFIRE, CLAYTON & CATHERINE, CLAYTON DRUMM, LOVE, BULLETS AND FRENZY, and most commonly CHINA 9, LIBERTY 37.



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