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« on: April 11, 2006, 01:58:30 AM »

anybdy seen this? despite the fact that it was released by wild east I never hear anything about this film! I have seen reviews and such but I have never actually heard a good or bad thing from any fan of the genre on any forum.

If anybody has seen it please post about your reaction to the film.

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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2006, 04:53:46 AM »

Yeah i wanna know too!!
I don't want to spend a lifetime wading through the difficult obstacle(sometimes) that is the SWWB Grin

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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2006, 04:55:03 AM »


I don't want to spend a lifetime wading through the mess that is the SWWB Grin

I am sure those ill mannered folks know nothing of Ben and Charlie anyway. Grin

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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2006, 01:16:42 AM »

It's a TRINITY knockoff and features several humorous sequences although it turns violent towards the end. If you're a Gemma fan you'll want to get it but you also get the Grim Reaper himself, big George Eastman(Luigi Montefiore)who I believe wrote the script and is also featured in DJANGO GET A COFFIN READY. For me seeing Eastman in a western was an incentive to buy as I'm a fan of his horror and post nuke films.

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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2006, 06:16:16 AM »

thanks Colt. I like Gemma. He has a sort of charm about him that I find appealing. The best role I have seen him to date is in "Pistol for Ringo".

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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2006, 10:09:25 AM »

Gemma is probably my favorite actor in this genre. I had seen him in several peplums before but the first oater I saw him in was DAY OF ANGER. Have you seen ONE SILVER DOLLAR? Gemma's really good in this one too. He plays a similar character to the one he plays in ARIZONA COLT.

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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2006, 06:47:17 PM »

have yet to see "Silver Dollar", it is on my want list though...

along with the much talked about "Silver Saddle".

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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2006, 11:37:25 AM »

Did you manage to pick up any of these in the end?

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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2006, 11:40:41 AM »

sadly no Cry

Fulci's Silver Saddle is very difficult to come by.

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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2007, 04:03:51 PM »

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BEN & CHARLIE- 1972-Guiliano Gemma and the ANTHROPOPHAGUS himself, big George Eastman, aka Luigi Montifiore(who also scripted) do the TRINITY shtick in this western from Michele Lupo about a man released from prison who continues his conning ways. The film becomes serious towards the end when the duo are betrayed and must fight against a varied group of villains similar to those found in HK kung fu movies each with their own look and personality. Gemma is the Hill character and Eastman of course, is the big lummox that Spencer would portray in later films.

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« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2007, 04:46:12 PM »

I watched this again earlier this evening and it really is a top film.Gemma's look as Ben is obviously highly influenced by Terence Hills Trinity as he wears identicle rags,has the same happy go lucky manner about him and even his hair is bleached to match Hill.George Eastman as Charlie,similarly to Trinity's brother Bambino seemingly can't stand being in the same company as Ben but through circumstance they are forced together in their casino hustling and bank robbing activities.But this movie doesn't really have the same slapstick style as Enzo Barboni's films,its a feelgood sw which turns serious towards the end.
The finale involving a tug of war over bank takings is outstanding as is the gun duel to finally settle it.I was also really impressed with Gianni Ferio's  acoustic score of varied styles including folk/blues legend Steffen Grossman sing "Let It Rain,Let It Pour".
My rating 8 out of 10.

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« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2007, 07:55:47 PM »

This one was okay I thought. Plays off like a "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance" kid knock off.
I prefer Gemma's other "slapstick comedy turned nasty at the end" AND FOR A ROOF A SKYFUL O' STARS.

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« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2009, 12:48:03 PM »

I watched this again earlier this evening and it really is a top film.Gemma's look as Ben is obviously highly influenced by Terence Hills Trinity as he wears identicle rags,has the same happy go lucky manner about him and even his hair is bleached to match Hill.George Eastman as Charlie,similarly to Trinity's brother Bambino seemingly can't stand being in the same company as Ben but through circumstance they are forced together in their casino hustling and bank robbing activities.But this movie doesn't really have the same slapstick style as Enzo Barboni's films,its a feelgood sw which turns serious towards the end.
The finale involving a tug of war over bank takings is outstanding as is the gun duel to finally settle it.I was also really impressed with Gianni Ferio's  acoustic score of varied styles including folk/blues legend Steffen Grossman sing "Let It Rain,Let It Pour".
My rating 8 out of 10.

To me, this "buddy" movie has a higher standard than the Hill/Spencer Trinity movies. What I like the most from it ist has its fun moments, but it never gets clownish. Many of the scenes in the movie are far from original: the opening scene is copied from They call me Trinity; the cutting of the hanging rope with a gunshot and the scene in the gunshop  (including the "closed" sign) are clearly copied from GBU; the bullet shot at Gemma being stopped by the pocket watch and the coin is clearly taken from from "Un Dollaro Bucato"; the girl in the stagecoach scene seems to be taken (to a drgree) from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; etc. The character "3%" is quite likeable and even funny (the scene when he enters the bank dressed as a Franciscan monk comes to my mind), but he also serves the purpose of depicting the lack of morals of the three baddies (who can kill so viciously such a harmless guy) when compared with the three other crooks (Ben, Charlie and himself).

If there is something I find missing in this movie is a good Morricone score to bring it up to the level of "And for roof a sky full of stars". However, the Gianni Ferrio score is OK, and the song "Let it rain let it pour" fits in well.

7 out of 10

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« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2009, 06:04:48 PM »

I prefer the comedy part to the more serious one which comes unexpected and it doesn't rhyme with what precedes it. Still, the way Gemma disposes of Catenacci in the last duel makes it a must see to the end. Ferrio's score doesn't always jibes with images. 7\10 

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