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The Night Before Christmas (1994)
"Botte di Natale" (original title)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Western  |  22 December 1994 (Italy)
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Two brothers who hate themselves are going to spend Christmas with their mother. She tries to get them together.



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Two brothers who hate themselves are going to spend Christmas with their mother. She tries to get them together. Written by Jan Lipsansky <>

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How the West was almost lost


Comedy | Family | Western

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Rated PG for comic western violence and language | See all certifications »



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22 December 1994 (Italy)  »

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The Fight Before Christmas  »

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Bud Spencer and Terence Hill's last film in which they starred together. See more »


Followed by Trinità & Bambino... e adesso tocca a noi! (1995) See more »

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Bud And Terence's Disappointing Last Ride
17 August 2007 | by (Salzburg, Austria) – See all my reviews

I've been a huge fan of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill since my childhood, and I've seen every single movie these two have made together multiple times. I like their Westerns especially, but the last movie the two appeared in together, "Botte Di Natale" aka. "Troublemakers", which Hill directed himself, is unfortunately also their worst. Bud and Terence who were (no matter if in Westerns or their other comedies) always Bud and Terence, still somehow have their eternal love-hate relationship, but they have become older and the chemistry has somehow waned. Their typical fistfights (with each other as well as against others) are only occasional in this, the humor is not crude anymore, and somebody must have felt it was necessary for Bud Spencer's character to have a wife and a bunch of kids now. The characters Bud and Terence used to play in their old movies were usually those of drifting loners (even though Terence was always very successful with the ladies, of course), but somebody obviously felt it was necessary for their whole character to change in their last film.

The movie is not entirely awful and It is always a pleasure to see Bud and Terence, but "Troublemakers" simply lacks the energy and the whole feeling of earlier Spencer/Hill movies. This being the last Spencer/Hill flick so far, I sure hope that the awesome twosome of comedic ass-kicking will eventually appear in one more movie together. Since Bud Spencer is already in his late seventies, however, this wish is unfortunately not very likely to come true. I'll always be a fan of Bud and Terence, and "Troublemakers" is watchable and probably should be seen by fans since it's their last movie, but I recommend to stick with their great earlier films.

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