CHINA 9 LIBERTY 37 (AMORE, PIOMBO E FURORE), 1978, 102 min. Dir. Monte Hellman. Easy choice for gunslinger Fabio Testi: the noose or a contract on ex-gunman Warren Oates (in his final Western), who just won’t sell out to the railroad. Only trouble is, Testi’s tired of killing, he and Oates hit it off, and Oates’ wife Jenny Agutter (WALKABOUT), is lonely. With a Sam Peckinpah cameo. In English.
THE SHOOTING, 1966, 82 min. A Western like no other, Monte Hellman’s existential masterpiece follows a wary bounty hunter (Warren Oates) hired to escort a snarling little vixen (Millie Perkins) across the desert - searching for what? Along the way, they’re shadowed by demonic gunfighter Jack Nicholson (pure malevolence) as they all ride closer to some hellish reckoning.