Director(s): Enzo Barboni
IMDB Rating: 7.2
A drifter comes to town where his brother is sheriff. His brother is actually a robber who broke the real sheriffs leg and left him for dead, and became sheriff in order to hide out. They team up against the local land baron who is trying to get rid of the Mormon settlers in a valley he wishes to own.
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Mimmo Farina (24 May 2013)
This is one of the best "fagioli-western", maybe because is the reallyfirstone that leaves the violence, that after Leone and the others masters ofspaghetti-western, that (IMHO) are more realistic and better than moreAmerica's one, to marry the ironic side of the moon. There are no deadtimesand the whole movie, every time passes on italian TV, takes also 6-8million(on an audience that usually goes up to 25 millions only when plays the"Nazionale" of soccer).The movie is leaded by a funny theme that recalls Morricone's anthemes(except for the not high sense tragedy), and mixes the differences betweenthe two carachters. This is nothing new, is from Laurel & Hardy that thishappens. But, you know, if it works, works, and it works so much!!! Thereisnothing in common with modern craps like actual comedies (in Italy such asin the US) do. No verbal violence, a bit of sadism (one man is evirate...)and a lot of fun. You'll love to hate Farley Granger (The Major), youreallywill think that "la mia esposa stava al fiume...un Gringo l'aggredÃ¬, quelavoleva...", and, of course, you will try to steal horses or be a gamblerforliving. See it and tell me....have fun!
heiny (23 May 2013)
Picked this up recently (spring 2004) along with "Trinity is StillMy Name" for 5 bucks each at a sale. My brother and I had seen themat a matinee in Kansas when I was about 11 or 12. Didn't recall muchof the movies, but remembered we laughed ourselves silly, so itseemed like a cheap price for nostalgia. Well, 30 some odd yearslater, it wasn't as funny to me. Don't recommend it for adults, buteven 21st century 11 year olds will probably still laugh till theirsoda comes out their noses.The pan-and-scan was pretty bad on the fullscreen DVD I got. Thislooks like it was encoded on a budget.
(23 May 2013)
Here's yet another film I saw as a young lad. But this isn't just any western comedy...It's got that special something that only comes around ever now and then.Terance Hill does a great job as Trinity. For instance in the opening scene Trinity has to sit and eat a whole pan of beans, which he puts away quite quick...I read on his website that he starved himself for 24 hours in order to do that scene.This is also a film the whole family could watch and enjoy.I would also recommend Trinity's third film "My Name Is Nobody" which stars Henry Fonda.Anyway...if you like good western fun then I would say buy this dvd and enjoy.
bar-51 (23 May 2013)
I say this because ... I was stationed in Germany 72-74 , outside ofGelhausen . Some friends and I decided to go see an X-rated ComedyWestern that was playing at the local theater . I could not speak buttwo words of German (tho I believe it was actually in Italian) but thismovie didn't need words . When I say it was X-rated , which it was ,not like any other ! It had a great storyline and we actually went back2 more times to see it , not because of it's rating , we just missedmany parts due to our tears of laughter making us miss parts here andthere !The whole story was about a gold mining crew on top of a mountain faraway from the nearest town . There were no women and the miners decidedto pool their gold and send 2 men (Bud and Terrence) to go and bringprostitutes from the nearest towns back to the mountain . Their journeytook them to more than one town because they needed to bring back manyand this turned into a wagon train load of women . I didn't know whoB&T were until I got back stateside and saw Trinity , whereas Iinstantly recognized both men as those in this movie .I was only 17 and it was the 1st movie of it's kind that I had everseen and have yet to see a movie anywhere near as good as this one . Welaughed just as hard the 2nd and 3rd time as the first , in fact , welaughed about it the rest of the year . It was so well made it didn'tneed words and it was downright hilarious !!!! I believe it was 1973when we saw it . Anybody here in Germany about that time ??? I wouldlove to find it again and need the title to know where to begin looking. When I watched Trinity , it brought back all those great memories and Ihave to say as great as Trinity was , this movie was all that and moreand that's putting it mildly !!!!!
Sandra Speirs (21 May 2013)
We see all the Terence Hill / Bud Spencer movies frequently on TV here inItaly. Though "spaghetti westerns" may not be everyone's favourites, thereis one thing makes them more true to life than the genuine article: thecowboys are really a dirty bunch! Too often, in US westerns, they are justtoo clean to be true, considering the conditions they lived in. And do youever see John Wayne's horse dropping anything as it gallops across theprairie? I'm sure, if it did, they made him reshoot!
(21 May 2013)
I first saw this movie in the mid seventies with my parents in Beirut, Lebanon. Though I did not speak a word of English, this action packed comedy was terrific! I had been looking for this movie for many years now, and finally found it.. Understanding the language, this movie is even funnier now than when I first saw it 23 years ago..The plot and dialogue are exceptional..Of course, you must like old westerns in order to appreciate these types of movies. Terence hill is the life of this movie..Believe me when I tell you that this movie is a perfect addition to any movie library...But you must also get the sequel.."Trinity is still my name",.. in order to appreciate these two excellent classics!! Take off your boots and kick back in your favorite chair and get ready to laugh at these simple, non bloody, but funny movies..
gridoon (20 May 2013)
This movie is overrated, to say the least. It's not good as a comedy, andit's not good as a "serious" film either. The pacing is far too ploddingforthe former, and there is too much lame slapstick for the latter. The onlylaughs come from some of Bud Spencer's reaction shots when he becomesexasperated by his brother's behavior. The dubbing is excellent but thefull-screen framing is appalling. (*1/2)
TrevorAclea (20 May 2013)
"This used to be a quiet town before you came," notes a deputy in TheyCall Me TrinityÂ . "Disgusting town, but quiet." That should let youknow what to expect from this entertaining if a little overlong comedypaella western with Terence Hill (aka Mario Girotti) and Bud Spencer(aka Carlo Pedersoli) as mismatched brothers on the wrong side of thelaw finding themselves helping out a settlement of Mormons when evilFarley Granger wants to drive them off their land so his beloved horsescan run free. The chemistry between the two leads is good and there areplenty of fun moments, all handsomely staged by Enzo Barboni (aka E.B.Clucher) with a good eye for Scope composition.The film proved so successful Â the biggest Italian hit ever at thetime Â and encouraged so many rip-offs that even the pair's earlierWesterns were reissued with new titles that found ingenious ways toincorporate 'Trinity' in the hope of fooling the punters, but onlyTrinity is Still My Name is a genuine sequel (excluding a 'son of' TVmovie).
(18 May 2013)
I've enjoyed the Trinity movies for a very long time. So, I had to get it on DVD as soon as one of them came out. While it is perhaps the best quality "film" of They Call Me Trinity I've ever seen, from this DVD one can tell that there aren't any pristine clarity copies left. It is the cleanest copy I've ever witnessed, but don't expect a "Matrix" in clarity.
ma-cortes (18 May 2013)
The movie concerns Trinity (Terence Hill or Mario Girotti) , a roguishand sympathetic gunman with fast weapon who works as a bounty hunter .His brother Bambino (Bud Spencer) is a sheriff in a village but also anundercover thief who attempts to execute a heist . They'll face off arich owner (Farley Granger) and some Mexican marauders who try to evicta group of Mormons . They help the pacific homesteaders and theconfrontation will be inevitable but is developed by means ofsuccessive fights without blood , neither gore , nor cruel murders .This entertaining picture packs comedy , action , shootouts and lots ofbrawls and fights . The violence isn't crude but slight andpredominates the comedy and parody . The storyline is embarrassing andridiculous but has its agreeable moments here and there . It's aspaghetti western with comedy and develops the usual issues :invincible antiheroes , spectacular showdown , amusing taking on butunited to slapstick and simple humor . It's an entertaining Italianwestern with adequate runtime where there are irony , tongue-in-cheek ,shootouts , numerous struggles and is quite funny and amusing . TerenceHill is a good guy , hilarious and likable ; Bud Spencer is a rough ,two-fisted , bouncing , grumpy man but with good heart , theircharacters are partially similar to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy . Thefilm is a spoof of famous films such as Â¨The magnificent sevenÂ¨ andÂ¨Blazed saddlesÂ¨ but covered with spaghetti . The picture obtained asequel with the same protagonists and director , Â¨Trinity is still mynameÂ¨ , which also achieved much success and many years later a thirdpart , Â¨TroublemakersÂ¨ , directed by Terence Hill . Besides ,originated a series of awful imitations and copies . Rating : nice andbemusing .
Thomas Nielsen (18 May 2013)
The first of an seemingly endless line of Hill/Spencer movies, based onthesame idea, the first one here is still good for a few good laughs. It's agood parody on the italien western that started to show up in themiddle/endof the sixties. But though it's a comedy, it stille maintain a touch ofroughness, that makes this one works much better of what shouldcome.
ShadeGrenade (17 May 2013)
By 1970, the spaghetti western genre was looking tired, until EnzoBarboni made this amiable romp. Terence Hill plays the 'Trinity' of thetitle, a blue-eyed gunslinger so laid back as to make 'The Man With NoName' look like The Milky Bar Kid. Teaming up with his brother'Bambino', a bearded giant of a man portrayed by Bud Spencer, they cometo the aid of a Mormon community under threat from a greedy landownerplayed by Farley Granger. Hill and Spencer make a great double act. The film manages to behilarious without being crude or offensive. Highlights include Trinityshooting a man dead without once turning round, some improvised surgeryto remove a bullet ( using whisky as anaesthetic ) and, of course, theclimax in which the normally passive Mormons engage in battle with theMajor's men. Great music here! Unsurprisingly, the film broke boxoffice records in Italy and led to a sequel 'Trinity Is Still My Name'which, alas, wasn't nearly as good.
latsblaster (13 May 2013)
'Lo chiamavano TrinitÃ ' is one of the most charming and funny comediesever made. The incredible duo Spencer/ Hill is fabulous. When you watch'Lo chiamavano TrinitÃ ', it's like you get a good feeling all the time(the same feeling you get if you watch the sequel). 'Lo chiamavanoTrinitÃ ' is very unpretentious - and the simple jokes hits you all thetime. It has also wonderful music (the sequel has even better music).Trinity is for me without doubt one of the most charismatic charactersever in filmhistory. I have to mention a quote:Mescal: It's mierda! (When tasting the farmers soup) Rating: 8 of 10.
Tom Willett (13 May 2013)
Hi, Everyone, This is a very good comedy Western with some greatscenes. The faces are wonderful. There is a scene with two very toughbad guys who are dressed in black. One guy looks like Gilbert Rolandwith a little touch of Robert Goulet. The other looks like either sideof a Buffalo nickel.Beans served in a nice hideaway restaurant under a cow. A Sheriff oncrutches. A bath scene with an ending different from Janet Leigh inPsycho.One reason to watch this for film students in addition to the obviousentertainment is to watch Farley Granger. I first saw this at adrive-in theater when it came out. I was surprised to see Farley doingso well as a bad guy. He had played bad guys before, but in the pasthis bad guys were vulnerable and confused types. (I recommend Strangerson a Train and Rope.) Murderers, but likable. Here he is a really badguy. He is great.Many wonderful scenes in this gem. The bean scenes are not as good asBlazing Saddles, but still very good. The fight scenes are veryenjoyable. Bud Spencer is especially fun when he is responding tosomeone saying, "Good evening, Sheriff." As viewers we find out hintsas to Trinity and his brother's childhood. I would like to see a moviebased on their mom and them as young 'uns.My 99 cent DVD was pretty good quality. The music is OK throughout.Check out the other Farley Granger films, especially when he was young.Tom Willett
westerner357 (11 May 2013)
(aka: THEY CALL ME TRINITY)I have to admit I'm not one for comedy westerns but this one wasactually funny in parts. It's almost as funny as SUPPORT YOUR LOCALSHERIFF (1971) and I would almost consider it a welcome addition to myDVD collection were it not for the fact that the current Direct SourceMedia DVD weren't so awful. Trinity (Terence Hill) a dirty, dusty drifter-turned bounty-huntercomes to town to pay a visit to his horse-thieving half-brother Bambino(Bud Spencer) who's pretending to be the real sheriff. Bambino'slooking for the best way to rustle some of the Colonel's horses beforehe leaves and he's not interested in letting Trinity cut in. In themeantime, the Colonel (Farley Granger) is doing some plotting of hisown, not only to get rid of Bambino but also to displace some Mormonswho are settling on some land he wants for his own cattle.The fights, the stunts and the gunplay Trinity and Bambino play on theColonel's men is hilarious. I like it when Bambino uses the bottom ofhis fist to hit the bad guy's on the top of the head. And the endingfist fight scene at the Mormon's camp cracks me up. No wonder this filmmade Hill and Spencer popular in Europe. Like I said, the DVD is a travesty with a transfer that's watchable butlooks like it was lifted from a VHS source. The print itself thetransfer was taken from is pretty grainy with bad splices and anaudible hum in the soundtrack. It deserves a failing grade.The TRINITY series needs the Anchor Bay DVD treatment, really bad.Since these Euro westerns were so popular, I'm surprised they haven'tsecured the rights to it yet.7 out of 10-
Lee Eisenberg (10 May 2013)
This lesser known spaghetti western is slow at times, but there areplenty of scenes that make the movie worth watching. Terence Hill playsa drifter who decides to help a group of settlers defend themselvesfrom a man trying to take their land. Trinity is an unkempt guy, buthe's a cool dude when called upon to defend people's rights."Lo chiamavano TrinitÃ " (alternately called "They Call Me Trinity" and"My Name is Trinity" in English) isn't any kind of great movie. Morethan anything, it's fun. What was especially interesting was to seeFarley Granger - best known for his leading roles in Alfred Hitchcock's"Rope" and "Strangers on a Train" - playing a heavy. In the end, I dorecommend this movie, just as I would "A Fistful of Dollars", "Django"*and "The Five-Man Army". It's always been a neat genre.*I'm eager to see what Quentin Tarantino does with his upcoming Djangomovie.
Van Roberts (06 May 2013)
Terence Hill had been acting in movies for almost twenty years beforehe took the lead in "Unholy Four" director Enzo Barboni's "They Call MeTrinity" (1971) with his favorite co-star Bud Spencer. Initially, Hillmade his cinematic debut in 1951 as a child actor in director DinoRisi's "Vacation with a Gangster" under his real name Mario Girotti.Later, Girotti would appear in co-directors Gillo Pontecorvo & MalenoMalenotti's "The Wild Blue Road" (1957), and director LuchinoVisconti's "The Leopard" (1963). When Franco Nero became popular,Nero's popularity was so vast that he couldn't appear in every Italianfilm so the Roman film industry found suitable substitutes, among themMaurizio Merli and Terence Hill. Hill starred in several Spaghettiwesterns, including a Nero-esquire oater, director Ferdinando Baldi's"Viva Django!" (1968) as well as in the Giuseppe Colizzi trilogy, "GodForgives, But I Don't" (1967), "Ace High" (1968), and "Boot Hill"(1969), where he met Bud Spencer. Although it did not qualify as the first Spaghetti western parody,"They Call Me Trinity" cemented Hill's claim to fame and he becamefamous in his own right. Italian film comics Franco Franchi and CiccioIngrassia had starred in parody picture "Two R-R-Ringos from Texas" asearly as 1967. Meantime, this landmark, low-brow western slapstickshoot'em up roughly imitates the same trail as George Stevens' "Shane"with Alan Ladd and John Sturges' "The Magnificent Seven." Not only did"They Call Me Trinity" turn Terence Hill into an internationalsuperstar, but also Bud Spencer and he wound up co-starring in 18films. They met on Colizzi's "God Forgives, But I Don't" when Hillreplaced actor Pietro Martellanza after the latter broke his leg andfound himself acting with Spencer. Ironically,cinematographer-turned-director Enzo Barboni is reported to havepersuaded Sergio Leone to watch "Yojimbo" because it would make a greatwestern. Barboni lensed his share of Spaghetti westerns, including "The5-Man Army," "The Hellbenders," "A Long Ride from Hell," and "VivaDjango!"Although it is not the first Spaghetti spoof, "They Call Me Trinity"ranks as one of the top five Italian western comedies, bracketed by itsside-splitting sequel "Trinity Is Still My Name" and director ToninoValerii's "My Name Is Nobody." Unfortunately, Barboni never delivered athird "Trinity," but he did make an inferior spin-off western "Trinity& Bambino: The Legend Lives On." Incidentally, do not be fooled intobelieving that director Mario Camus' "Trinity Sees Red" is a "Trinity"sequel because it is not. Furthermore, Terence Hill does not playTrinity. Presumably, the distributors were banking on Hill's identityas Trinity to see the film. Terence Hill displayed a knack of comedy sothat he could move from a dramatic role to a comedic one. Trinity'sfirst appearance makes it clear he is not a hero in the westerntradition of John Wayne riding tall in the saddle. Instead, Trinitysprawls out comfortably on a travois, dragged by his faithful horsethat attracts his attention when have reach a stopping point like theChaparral Stage Coach Station. Covered from head to toe in dust, Trinity (Terence Hill) fetches hishorse some hay and enters the station. The owner gives him a plate ofbeans. Two bounty hunters with a Mexican in their custody watch infascination as Trinity polishes off his beans. As he leaves, Trinitytakes the poor Mexican with him to the surprise of the bounty hunters.As he strolls out the door with his back to the bounty hunters, theytry to bushwhack him. Trinity casually plugs both of them without abackward glance. He just keeps on traipsing along with the littleHispanic to his horse. This scene depicts Trinity's incrediblemarksmanship. Later, we discover that he can slap a man faster than theother man can draw his own six-gun. The long funny scene when Trinityappropriates the huge pan of beans and wolfs them down with a slab ofbread is an amusing gastronomic gag. Thereafter, eating beans became atrademark for both Trinity and Hill. Altogether, Hill is just plain,downright affable as the protagonist who you cannot help but likebecause he radiates some much charisma. In the next scene, Trinity rides into town where his half-brotherBambino (Bud Spencer) is masquerading as the town sheriff. Bambino isknown as 'the left hand of the devil' and he guns down threetough-talking gunslingers when they challenge his authority. As itturns out, Bambino escaped from prison, shot a man following him,learned the wounded man was a sheriff and then took his job. Bambino iswaiting for his fellow horse rustling thieves, Weasel (Ezio Marano of"Beast with a Gun") and Timmy (Luciano Rossi of "Deaf Smith & JohnnyEars") to arrive so they can head for California. Major Harriman (amustached Farley Granger of "The Man Called Noon" doing faux Southernaccent) is trying to run a community of Mormons out of a scenic valleywhere he would rather see his horses grazing. "Either you leave thisvalley, old man, or I'll bury you in it," Harriman assures BrotherTobias (Dan Sturkie of "Man of the East"), the leader of the Mormons.Eventually, Harriman teams up with an evil Mexican bandit, Mezcal (RemoCapitani of "The Grand Duel"), and his army of horse thieves. Ofcourse, Trinity and Bambino thwart the Major and the Mexicans and savethe Mormons from sure suicide. The slapping scene in the saloon between Trinity and the Major's hiredgunmen is hilarious. Bambino and Trinity get along for the most part,but Bambino has little respect for his half-brother's apparent lack ofambition. Nevertheless, the comedy emerges from their clash ofpersonalities. "They Call Me Trinity" relies on broad humor, someshooting, and a lot of fist-fighting, but this western is neitherviolent nor bloody. The opening theme song provides a thumbnail sketchof Trinity and it hearkens back to similar theme songs in Americanwesterns made in the 1950s.
flow_smelly (05 May 2013)
just bought this and the sequel on dvd. every time i see a newamerican market copy of this movie the picture and sound just getworse. that no one has given this film the treatment it deserves...original sound/language, subtitle options, dubbed version option,letterboxing, restored print and sound, etc... makes a thoughtfulperson wonder.my sometimes too protective mother let me watch this movie as akid and watching it now i wonder why. i think she was a sucker forsexy leads. it embodies everything that is/was deemed tastelessby those who would know and really don't. it's the long gone prepc violence of bugs bunny cartoons, three stooges dysfunctionwith a twist of simpsons atheism. it begs no qualitative analysesof point or moral only craft. and craftwise it's glorious. cheap,direct, clever and simple. somehow it all adds up to somethingmore than meaningless debate on harmful vs. harmless, not tomention it's hella funny.i like it all from the burt bacarachish neil diamondish themesongto the dubious decision to dub. (and by the way this film is verywell dubbed. if you don't feel so i'm guessing you haven't watchedmany asian films.)clucher's film is not just a great western it's a great movie period.like it's protagonist it's carefree, dirty (really dirty), and decent. if iwas unbiased i'd give this movie a 7.5 or 8 out of 10. but thismovie sits close to my heart. especially when enduring theendless flow of garbage at todays cineplexes. 10 out of10.some favorite funny lines"our weapons are faith and love." brother tobias"only love shall combat evil..." sarah and judith"god is with us" brother tobiasthanks mom
(01 May 2013)
"They call Me Trinity" deserves six stars except for the poor video quality. This looks a UMAX tape version that has been overly compressed by mpeg 2 in it's conversion from tape to digital. It's a shame that one of the greatest Italian westerns ever made should have been treated in this way. My understanding is that the beautiful film-to-digital video transfers [for example 'Los Campaneros' or 'Day of Anger'] have been scanned from original 35mm film in a Rank or Ampex video conversion machine that converts the 35mm image directly to digital video with little or no compression, but 'Trinity' obviously did not get that treatment. 'Trinity' stars Bud Spencer [real Italian name is Carlo Pedersoli] and Terrence Hill [Mario Girotti] as two at-odds brothers, one a rough diamond and the other an accomplished intelligent goofball. The plot is fairly simple with the two brothers trying to prevent a gang of outlaws from terrorizing a group of farmers and stealing their land. Much of the humor in this film is very subtle and can only be appreciated after viewing two or three times. The test of a good movie is multiple watchability and Trinity certainly succeeds with every scene containing importance and entertainment value. The interaction with the farmers becomes a little tedious in the end and parts could have been cut since the movie is fairly long at nearly two hours. In fact the length of the movie may account for the excessive video compression on DVD. The editing style is more consistent with older movies and wham-bam-thank-you-mam fans may not like the pace. Even so this is a very special entry and the humor is engaging and optimistic and never stilted or patronizing, and the action scenes are also extremely well done. Hence the classic nature of this film as a spaghetti favorite. Will end on the usual disclaimer with spaghettis: traditional 'John Wayne' western fans probably won't like this movie and will rate it with low marks, however that is a tremendous shame because 'Trinity' is a solid gold spaghetti classic!
(01 May 2013)
Unlike "My Name is Nobody"and "Trinity is Still My Name", this one starts out funny and gets funnier as the movie goes along- without the long drawn-out boring dialogue of the others. I am still trying to locate a "Trinity" Movie I saw at the Drive-In in the Summer of 1974. It was a western with Terence Hill called "A Man From the East" and it showed him just coming over from Ireland as a real pantywaist and learning from scratch how to fight and use a gun. It is the most unique of all the Trinity movies, but alas,impossible to find.
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