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Author Topic: Ben and Charlie (Michele Lupo, 1970)  (Read 1980 times)


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Ben and Charlie (Michele Lupo, 1970)
« on: 12 Jul 2007 - 23:12 »

I revisited this movie earlier this evening.

Following quickly on the heels of the success of Enzo Barboni's THEY CALL ME TRINITY,Lupo's movie features two friends Ben(Giuliano Gemma, bleached Terence Hill-like hair,Trinity rags together happy go lucky manner and displays some of the trademark Trinity fight moves) and Charlie(bearded George Eastman).Like Bambino in the Trinity movies Charlie can't stand being in Ben's company but through a series of circumstances is forced again into teaming up with his old buddy(just released from jail) to rip off casino's and rob banks.The humour displayed is enjoyable though it lacks the hilarity and slapstick of Barboni's movies,but it makes you feel good all the same. 8)

However after unwisely teaming up with 3 very unsavoury wanted men things take a more serious turn and the action really hots up to excellent effect.The finale involving a tug of war shoot-out over bank takings is brilliantly handled with added tension from the knowledge that a large band of vigilantes are on their way.

Special mention also for Gianni Ferrio's great acoustic musical  score of varied styles including folk/blues legend singing "let it rain,let it pour".

The storyline is very simplistic,but this is still a very well made movie with a superb cast and thus highly recommendable. ;)

The Hunchback

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Re: Ben and Charlie (Michele Lupo, 1970)
« Reply #1 on: 13 Jul 2007 - 01:18 »

This one was okay I thought. Plays off like a "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid" knock off.
I prefer Gemma's other "slapstick comedy turned nasty at the end" AND FOR A ROOF A SKYFUL O' STARS.



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Re: Ben and Charlie (Michele Lupo, 1970)
« Reply #2 on: 13 Jul 2007 - 14:06 »

Now you mention it,i see the similarities so i'll have to revisit Petroni's movie shortly. :D
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