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« Reply #60 on: August 01, 2006, 03:37:27 PM »

† † Hi Marco,i have got the USA video version of Long Live Your Death called Don't Turn The Other Cheek which includes a fun cartoon sequence during the opening credits,of two† bare bottoms† side by side wearing sombreros swaying left and right to the bubblegum theme of DTTOC!!!
 

my copy certainly doesnt have this cartoon intro! Shocked

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« Reply #61 on: December 29, 2006, 12:22:53 PM »

Just watched this last night as part of my recent spaghetti binge.

I thought it was great. Eli Wallach is fantastic ( as always ) as the Greek/Mexican bandit Cacopoulos. He's pretty much a reincarnation of Tuco, except without the hunger for money. In fact, most of the film is spent showing how he loves to share money with people.

Terence Hill and Bud Spencer are very cool. Brock Peters was good, but his role felt very tacked on. I wish Kevin McCarthy had some more screen time. He was perfect as the main villain, Drake but you first meet him 15 minutes before the movie's over.

* SPOILER *

The finale in the Casino was my favorite part. Most people think it's stupid when Wallach asked for music, but I thought it was cool. It was a nice hommage to the genre.

* SPOILER OVER *

Anyway, great movie. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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« Reply #62 on: December 29, 2006, 03:23:14 PM »

Just watched this last night as part of my recent spaghetti binge.

I thought it was great. Eli Wallach is fantastic ( as always ) as the Greek/Mexican bandit Cacopoulos. He's pretty much a reincarnation of Tuco, except without the hunger for money. In fact, most of the film is spent showing how he loves to share money with people.

Terence Hill and Bud Spencer are very cool. Brock Peters was good, but his role felt very tacked on. I wish Kevin McCarthy had some more screen time. He was perfect as the main villain, Drake but you first meet him 15 minutes before the movie's over.

* SPOILER *

The finale in the Casino was my favorite part. Most people think it's stupid when Wallach asked for music, but I thought it was cool. It was a nice hommage to the genre.

* SPOILER OVER *

Anyway, great movie. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Only saw it once, and that was a few months ago, but I remember this being very average. Eli Wallach is the only thing that makes the film worth watching. And I still don't think it's worth purchasing. I couldn't give you many specifics as to why I didn't like the film (saw it quite some time ago) but I remember my general reaction to it. I remember the first half being very promising and great, but the second half I remember it kind of going down the tubes and losing my interest all together.

The duel was shot very well, but a minute-long duel that's well shot couldn't save this film.

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« Reply #63 on: December 29, 2006, 03:37:44 PM »

My problem was that it seemed a waste of Eli Wallach's talent, he wasn't used near enough.

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« Reply #64 on: December 30, 2006, 12:45:57 AM »

My problem was that it seemed a waste of Eli Wallach's talent, he wasn't used near enough.


Huh? Much like Leone,  Colizzi went GA-GA over Wallach. He gives Eli the whole film to clown around in. Hill and Spencer are secondary characters.


Catch Wallach (as Tuco basically) in another (and MUCH better) SW "Long live your death" starring Franco Nero.

This is Wallach's best non-Leone sw. 

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« Reply #65 on: December 30, 2006, 04:21:23 AM »

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I couldn't say it any plainer, he was wasted on a dumb story, I was pretty disappointed I wasted $10 and about 2 hrs of time and actually gave that DVD away.  Embarrassed

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« Reply #66 on: December 30, 2006, 04:46:29 AM »


He gives Eli the whole film to clown around in. Hill and Spencer are secondary characters.
I'd go along with that - its an essential sw for Tuco addicts.Long With Your Death is absolutely top notch and i'm hoping we get a decent print very soon.
    Watched a little bit of Corbucci's White,Yellow and The Black with Wallach as (i think) a grouchy sheriff(and Milian a total embarassment as a looney Samurai warrior) - didn't look very promising but i'll take another look,eventually Undecided

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« Reply #67 on: December 30, 2006, 04:53:51 AM »

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Hill and Spencer are secondary characters.

Not in the version I saw Wallach doesn't even show up for 15-20 minutes,  Sad

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« Reply #68 on: December 30, 2006, 06:35:10 AM »

Not in the version I saw Wallach doesn't even show up for 15-20 minutes,  Sad

Surely you don't want him in EVERY shot?! Grin


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« Reply #69 on: December 30, 2006, 07:36:57 AM »

Not in the version I saw Wallach doesn't even show up for 15-20 minutes,  Sad

You're right, he doesn't show up for 15-20 minutes, but after that he's in every scene left in the movie.

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« Reply #70 on: May 26, 2007, 04:45:24 PM »

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ACE HIGH-Decent oater with a stellar cast. With what is obviously a substantial budget Colizzi had to work with, this film with all the potential for greatness, is bogged down by pacing that drags from time to time. It has its moments though and it's nice to see Terence Hill and Bud Spencer laying the blueprints for the TRINITY films to come a few years later.

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ACE HIGH- 1968-Guiseppi Colliziís second film with Bud Spencer and Terence Hill. The first being the classic GOD FORGIVES, I DONíT. This one goes for a more comical approach. Eli Wallach joins the cast here and manages to steal the show away from the usually unbeatable team of Bud and Terence. One of a handful of Italian westerns to have a decent budget, the film drags a bit much in places but is miles away better than the third film in the trilogy, the dreaded BOOT HILL.


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« Reply #71 on: July 27, 2008, 06:45:18 PM »

 After watching God Forgives, I Don't late last month, I watched Ace High this weekend to continue the trilogy.  It wasn't great, but I'd say it was an above average spaghetti, probably in the 6/10 or 7/10 range.  I can see though why a lot of the previous posters didn't like it.  For a movie that was 2 hours plus, not a lot happens.  The lack of gunplay didn't bother me too much, and the last half hour in the casino was my favorite part.  Even with its faults, the cast made up for it, Hill and Spencer are always very likable even if their dubbing sounded funny.  Speaking of, in MNIN, is that Hill's real voice?

  Overall, I kinda got the sense it was poking fun at the Leone westerns.  The music was Morricone-esque but almost over the top.  And then Wallach's line about dreaming about the showdown that needed music really needled all of the Leone showdowns.  But even then, it seemed to be a good natured ribbing, and the line was funny.

  So I've seen the first two of the Cat Stevens trilogy and liked them, should I check out Boot Hill?  I've seen lots of mixed reviews around, including here.  Smiley  If so, is there a good DVD or are there only the public domain ones?

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« Reply #72 on: February 15, 2010, 05:40:11 PM »

Caught it today and watched after nearly 10 years and have to say it's IMHO the worst in the trilogy. The dialogue is laughable to say at least; as if someone was forced to sit down in a hurry and write something to fill the mouths of all the famous faces they assembled. I don't know, but Wallach doesn't quite do it for me here, he's only like a cheap copy of Tuco, and neither does Hill, who's again too stiff. Bud Spencer made me laugh a couple of times: when Brock Peters (?) yells in his ear down the tube, and when he's half-naked kneeling down and slapping that poor bastard.


5/10

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« Reply #73 on: February 16, 2010, 02:53:14 AM »

Caught it today and watched after nearly 10 years and have to say it's IMHO the worst in the trilogy.

Curiously, it's actually my favorite in the trilogy. Each to their own I guess...

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« Reply #74 on: February 16, 2010, 09:28:07 AM »

Curiously, it's actually my favorite in the trilogy. Each to their own I guess...

1) Dio perdona... Io no! - (around) 7/10 > I'll have to watch it again to confirm my rating, it's been like 5 years since the last time.

2) La collina degli stivali - 6/10

3) I quattro dell'Ave Maria - 5/10

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