About three years ago I discovered the Bud Spencer and Terence Hill experience with the film My Name Is Trinty. That’s why when I watched Man Of The East last week, I needed another Terence Hill fix and was chomping at the bit when I spotted this film and added it to my Netflix instant queue. I watched it tonight and discovered that this is not a Bud Spencer and Terence Hill film. It is a Bud Spencer and Eli Wallach film. Terence Hill who is credited by his Italian name is just there. He is doing a poor imitation of the Franco Nero tough guy. After all, he was hired because of their visual similarities. What we get is a little unintentionally comedic, but basically a non-existent screen presence even the few times the camera does point at those blue eyes.
That said, the rest is a notch below the best spaghetti westerns, but only a notch below. Eli Wallach, Bud Spencer, and even future Star Trek alumni Brock Peters give fun performances that have just the right amount of depth. The story is about two gunmen played by Spencer and Hill who get ripped off by Wallach, but end up helping him after getting involved in his quest for revenge. That is, whether they like it or not. They pick up the tightrope walking Peters along the way. In the end, the bad guy turns out to be Kevin McCarthy. He apparently survived the invasion of the body snatchers. The motley crew deliver a very Ocean’s Eleven style screw you to McCarthy. Then Wallach gets a nice and meaningful victory that is imbued with just enough sentiment to fit his character without cramping the style of the film.
Sure the very end cannot compete with Man Of The East. In that movie the heroes decide to go west to avoid civilization only to find the ocean on the other side of the hill. Where that ending may have been better, the rest of Ace High delivers what that film couldn’t on all fronts but Terence Hill. It’s a borderline recommendation. Check out the Trinty films and My Name Is Nobody, then come here for another fix.