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Ace High (1968)
"I quattro dell'Ave Maria" (original title)

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After Cacopoulos (Eli Wallach) manages to save himself from being hung on a false charge, he robs Cat Stevens (Terrence Hill) and Hutch Bessy (Bud Spencer) of a lot of money and steals ... See full summary »

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Cacopoulos
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Thomas
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Drake (as Kevin Mc Carthy)
Tiffany Hoyveld ...
Thomas' wife
Federico Boido ...
Drake's blond henchman (as Rick Boydi)
Armando Bandini ...
Bank cashier
Livio Lorenzon ...
Paco Rosa
Steffen Zacharias ...
Harold
Remo Capitani ...
Cangaceiro
Bruno Corazzari ...
Charlie
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Bankier, playing cards with Cacopoulos
Antonietta Fiorito
Isa Foster
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After Cacopoulos (Eli Wallach) manages to save himself from being hung on a false charge, he robs Cat Stevens (Terrence Hill) and Hutch Bessy (Bud Spencer) of a lot of money and steals their horses. This results in a merry chase and Stevens and Bessy become unwilling allies in Cacopoulus' revenge against the people who deserted him and framed him to get their money back. Written by positrak

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Rated PG-13 for western violence | See all certifications »
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The second in the trilogy that began with Blood River (1967) and ended with Boot Hill (1969). See more »

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Hutch Bessy: Even if you're an idiot, I don't see why you want to die so young.
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Has all the trademarks and weaknesses of the genre and may not suffice for the casual viewer
4 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When he escapes the noose, criminal Cacopoulos flees the charges against him and, on his way, robs two banker robbers – Cat Stevens (no, a different one) and Hutch Bessy. Unwilling to kill the two men, Cacopoulos heads off with the money while Cat and Hutch begin the long walk out of the desert. Getting back to civilisation, they vow to track down Cacopoulos and get their money back. They start their search for him but meanwhile Cacopoulos is also bent on revenge on those that betrayed him – and plans to get Cat and Hutch to help, whether they know about it or not.

Screened under the main English title of Ace High, I recorded this film on late night TV hoping for a typical spaghetti western. While that is pretty much what I got, I must confess to being a bit put off by how silly it was at times. I know it was meant to be a comedy of sorts but it didn't sit very well with the spaghetti western genre because it made aspects of that feel like they had been badly done, as opposed to done for laughs. The plot is solid enough but the running time is too long for the material to sustain, making many scenes feel dragged out beyond their intended time. The action (as in movement generally) also suffers because of this perceived slow pace.

The cast are suitable for the genre, but this is not the same as being any good. Eli Wallach has fun in the central role and his performance is good value. I couldn't shake the feeling that Hill had borrowed his performance from many other actors but hadn't been sure how to make it work for him; he didn't really have the screen presence required to carry off the character. Spencer is better in terms of presence but his performance is a bit wanting. The support cast are all so-so, which works within the genre and as always much of the dialogue has that strange bad ADR/bad dubbing feel to it that I think is a prerequisite for the spaghetti genre.

Overall this is an enjoyable enough spaghetti western but if you only know the Eastwood, "Fist Full" or Leone spaghetti films then you'll probably come away thinking this is a low-rent version of those (which I suppose it is). With all the trademarks and weaknesses of the genre, this one will most likely please fans but probably not the casual viewer.


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