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Ace High (1968)

I quattro dell'Ave Maria (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Western | 3 September 1969 (USA)
A recently-escaped bandit forms an unlikely alliance with two bounty hunters and an acrobat to get revenge against the people who framed him.

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Cast

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Drake (as Kevin Mc Carthy)
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Livio Lorenzon ...
Paco Rosa
Steffen Zacharias ...
Harold (as Stephen Zacharias)
Tiffany Hoyveld ...
Thomas' Wife
Armando Bandini ...
Bank Cashier
Remo Capitani ...
Cangaceiro
Federico Boido ...
Drake's blond henchman (as Rick Boyd)
Isa Foster ...
Cacopoulos' Woman
Bruno Corazzari ...
Charlie
Dante Cleri ...
Bankier, playing cards with Cacopoulos
Antonietta Fiorito ...
(as Antonietta Fiorito C.S.C.)
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Storyline

After Cacopoulos (Eli Wallach) saves himself from being hanged on a false charge, he robs Cat Stevens (Terrence Hill) and Hutch Bessy (Bud Spencer) and steals their horses. This results in Stevens and Bessy becoming unwilling allies in Cacopoulus' revenge against the people who framed him. Written by positrak

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Comedy | Western

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Rated PG-13 for western violence | See all certifications »
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The second teaming of Terence Hill and Bud Spencer. See more »

Quotes

Hutch Bessy: Cacopoulos. What kind of a name is that?
Cacopoulos: A Greek name. My grandfather was a Greek. He was a Greek, like Sophocles, Aristophanes, Plato, Homer.
[He looks around and notices the guards getting tired, so he shifts his tone to a softer, sweeter one]
Cacopoulos: And like Ulysses, he had to keep traveling. He never suffered from homesickness, my grandfather. Oh no. And so, he left the schooner on which he had embarked, and continued his travels on foot, bouncing from place to place, trading in skins, until he ...
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Delightful Romp
3 March 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Leone pasta western without the pretentiousness. Easy going romp of crosses, double crosses, and triple crosses. Wallach is just fine and dandy reprising his Tuco role from GOOD, THE BAD... this time playing an ethnic Greek-Mexican bandit with a Yiddish accent (oy vey) manipulating ol' buddies Hill & Spencer into a scheme to get back at the people who left him out to dry years back. Along the way they pick up acrobat (!) Brock Peters who becomes crucial to their plan. Kevin McCarthy is the target of their wrath. The film concludes with a satisfying round-up. Colizzi directs with a sure hand, even allowing New York method actor Wallach to kvetch for several minutes at a time. No wonder he returned to Italy and Spain from time to time to make these films. No where else would a director allow his star to chew the scenery in such a way. The comedy is not broad or overpowering as most films in this sub-genre tend to be. The characters are uncharacteristically likeable, thanks to the cast. Great scene: revelutionaries mete out rough justice to a town's leaders. Later, our trio, with the help of some greedy peasants retake the town and mete out the same justice to the revolutionaries!!! I've never seen that done in a Euro-western.


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