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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.

Director:

Giuseppe Colizzi

Writer:

Giuseppe Colizzi (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eli Wallach ... Cacopoulos
Terence Hill ... Cat Stevens
Brock Peters ... Thomas
Kevin McCarthy ... Drake (as Kevin Mc Carthy)
Bud Spencer ... Hutch Bessy
Livio Lorenzon Livio Lorenzon ... Paco Rosa
Steffen Zacharias Steffen Zacharias ... Harold (as Stephen Zacharias)
Tiffany Hoyveld Tiffany Hoyveld ... Thomas' Wife
Armando Bandini ... Bank Cashier
Remo Capitani Remo Capitani ... Cangaceiro
Federico Boido ... Drake's blond henchman (as Rick Boyd)
Isa Foster Isa Foster ... Cacopoulos' Woman
Bruno Corazzari ... Charlie
Dante Cleri Dante Cleri ... Bankier, playing cards with Cacopoulos
Antonietta Fiorito 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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Nobody beats Caco at his own game, because even if you win...you lose! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for western violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

3 September 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ace High See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The second teaming of Terence Hill and Bud Spencer. See more »

Goofs

When Hutch lifts the hat off of a corpse, the corpse's actor is clearly breathing. See more »

Quotes

[Cat, Hutch, Caco and Thomas are about to duel with Drake's gang]
Cacopoulos: Wait a minute, wait a minute! Fifteen years, I've dreamed of this moment. Fifteen years! Every night. *Every* night!
Cat Stevens: And so?
Cacopoulos: There's always music. The music of violins. A slow, sweet... waltz. I want music!
Hutch Bessy: He wants music.
[to the casino musicians]
Hutch Bessy: Play it!
Cat Stevens: [the musicians begin to play a Viennese Waltz] Need anything else?
[Caco shakes his head, smiling]
Drake: Clown.
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Followed by Boot Hill (1969) See more »

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Aces good
13 May 2005 | by westerner357See all my reviews

(aka: ACE HIGH)

Eli Wallach plays Cacopoulos, a generous bandit who gives away all he steals to those less off than he is. That is, until he steals $300,000 from bounty hunters Cat Stevens and Hutch Bessy (Terence Hill and Bud Spencer) who then come trailing after him all over the southwest (or in this case, Almeria Spain) and want their money back.

When they catch up with him, Cacopoulos let's them in on his primary motive. To get back at three men who double-crossed him 15 years before, letting him get caught and sent to prison. He already killed one, and the other was killed in a Mexican shootout earlier in the film. That only leaves Drake (Kevin McCarthy) and since Cacopoulos had already gambled all Hill & Spencer's money away in Drake's gambling establishment, it's only natural that they help Cacopoulos out in getting their money back.

Reluctantly, Hill & Spencer agree and with the help of circus tightrope walker Thomas (Brock Peters), they stumble onto the fact that Drake's establishment has the roulette wheel fixed, with lookouts in the ceiling and a magnet in basement room under the roulette wheel itself. Needless to say, Drake will get his just reward for ripping the town off with his fixed gambling tables and Cacopoulos will get his revenge. I won't say how so you'll have to see for yourself.

The first half of this film is pretty standard, but the second half involving Drake is where the film really distinguishes itself, imo. It turns into a caper yarn. It also has it's funny moments but isn't as humorous as Hill & Spencer's later spaghetti western; THEY CALL ME TRINITY (1971). Btw, this is their second appearance together, the first being GOD FORGIVES, I DON'T from the year before.

The anamorphic Paramount DVD uses an excellent print although I think the widescreen is a bit too cropped on both top and bottom. Sound is also good with English subtitles (if necessary) and another excellent score by Bruno Nicolai.

If you like the genre with a little humor thrown in, then you might like this one. I did. Above average.

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