They Call Me Trinity

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They Call Me Trinity
TheyCallMeTrinityDVDCover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by E.B. Clucher
Produced by Italo Zingarelli
Written by E.B. Clucher
Starring Terence Hill
Bud Spencer
Steffen Zacharias
Farley Granger
Music by Franco Micalizzi
Cinematography Aldo Giordani
Edited by Giampiero Giunti
Production
company
West Film
Release dates
  • 22 December 1970 (1970-12-22)
Running time
109 min
105 min (cut edition)
Country Italy
Language Italian

They Call Me Trinity (Italian: Lo chiamavano Trinità) also known as My Name Is Trinity, is a 1970 Italian spaghetti western comedy film starring Terence Hill and Bud Spencer.

Plot[edit]

Trinity (Terence Hill) comes into view accompanied by the movie's theme song, being dragged around in a travois by his horse. He is filthy, yet seems perfectly content as the horse drags him across the desert and through water crossings. After Trinity has eaten every scrap in the pan, he gets up, strolls over to the men's table, and calmly relieves them of their prisoner.

Soon they reach a small town where an enormous man with a sheriff's star on his chest is seated outside his office, apparently trying to read a newspaper. He is being harassed by three local toughs standing in the street loudly demanding that he release their friend from jail.

It quickly becomes apparent that Trinity and the enormous man, an omnipotent bearded buffoon with squinty eyes—comically called Bambino (baby), are half-brothers. Bambino (played by Bud Spencer) is merely posing as the sheriff of the small town while he awaits the arrival of his gang from the penitentiary from which he escaped. He is not happy to see his troublemaking brother.

Bambino is flabbergasted and then infuriated to learn that Trinity has given the Major's horses to the Mormons. Bambino) in Bambino's direction.

There are slight differences between the original Italian version and the dubbed English version. In the former, the injured Mexican has more dialogue explaining that he was arrested for knifing a gringo who tried to rape his wife.

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Sequel[edit]

A sequel, Trinity Is Still My Name was soon produced and proved to be an even bigger success. Terence Hill and Bud Spencer would pair up in over a dozen other films, using the formula of brawls and jokes established here. Several of Hill's and Spencer's Westerns made prior to Trinity were rereleased in the United States to take advantage of their popularity with one given a "Trinity" title.[citation needed]

Differences in various versions[edit]

In the English version, the scenes where a man on a horse rides past Bud Spencer have the exchange "good evening sheriff" with Spencer grumbling "shut up" whilst the Italian version is silent. The Italian version has the two Mormon women quote suggestive Biblical dialogue to seduce Hill that is not in the English version. The English version adds a loud clap of thunder when the head Mormon remarks about God helping them through sending them the two brothers to protect them whilst the thunder is not on the Italian soundtrack.

Copyright status[edit]

They Call Me Trinity was in the public domain until 1996 (due to the Uruguay Round Agreements Act), and hence most video releases were of a poor quality.[1][2] Hen's Tooth Video officially released this film and its sequel on DVD in the US on September 4, 2007. Both are new digital transfers from the original negatives, but there are complaints that some scenes are missing from the sequel.[3][4] The Hen's Tooth Video release also features interlacing due to using pulldown to take the PAL digibeta transfer and put in an NTSC format. The PAL digibeta should have only been given to DVD companies who use said format.[citation needed] The film was released on Blu-Ray in late 2013 in Germany.[citation needed]

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