Trinity is Still My Name (1971)

Dir: Enzo Barboni - Cast: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Yanti Somer, Hary Carey Jr., Jessica Dublin, Pupo De Luco, Franco Ressel - Music: Guido & Maurizio De Angelis

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This sequel was made shortly after They call me Trinity, but its release was postponed a few times because of the enduring success of the first movie. Theatres in Italy kept programming it, and director Barboni and producer Zingarelli were afraid the second film would harm the success of the first. It was a wise decision: when Trinity is still my Name was finally released, it broke all the records and became the most successful Italian film ever.

Trinity is still my Name wouldn't be a sequel if it didn't offer more of the same - that is: more fistfights, jokes and beans - still the two Trinity movies are no identical twins, like the screen brothers they're quite different. The first movie tells a rather classic story of two guys coming to the aid of defenseless people, and still offers some spaghetti western violence. The sequel doesn't really bother to tell a story, it is rather episodic, more a series of vignettes, and there are no traces left of the usual violence and nastiness of the diehard spaghetti westerns, it's all clean fun. The romantic scenes with Hill and Yanti Somer (a blue-eyed beauty with freckles) are far less raunchy than his flirts in the previous movie with two Mormon girls, who tried to lure him into a threesome marriage.

Terence Hill and Bud Spencer

In the first scene four bandits are duped by Bambino, who steals their food (beans) and knocks one of them so hard on the head that he'll stay in some kind of bewilderment throughout the entire movie. In the second scene the same four bandits are duped by Trinity, who steals their food (still beans) and says he'll save the one who wins a fistfight between the three of them, and kill the other two. When the last man standing looks up, Trinity is gone...

Terence Hill and Bud Spencer

It's a clever opening of a cleverly concocted movie. In Italy the comedy westerns Trinity style were called Beans westerns (as opposed to Spaghetti westerns) and the threesome fistfight paid homage to one of the most famous scenes in a Leone movie, il triello, the final shootout with three in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (it also seems to refer to a similar scene in Corbucci's The Specialists, if so, Barboni also honours 'the other Sergio'). Both scenes are followed by a dinner scene, set at the parental home of the two brothers. Mother prepares a copious homecoming dinner, while their no-good father fakes some kind of stroke: he's afraid his two good-natured sons will become honest men in life, and asks them to promise to be good bandits until they die and always work together. Of course Trinity and Bambino try to respect their father's wish, but they're so kind and generous they inevitably end up on the good side of things. That's about as much story there is in this movie. Trinity and Bambino repeatedly help out a poor family of protestant settlers (they wanted to rob in the first place), and eventually defend a monastery against a group of gun runners from both sides of the border.

As said, Trinity is still my Name is mainly a series of vignettes, and some of them are better than others, but most of them are quite nice. While and early scene paid homage to Leone (and probably Corbucci), the homecoming scene pays homage to Ford (and also refers to the first film): the father is played by Ford actor Harry Carey Jr. who was in Wagonmaster, like the first Trinity a film with Mormons. The casting of Jessica Dublin as the mother was possibly a joke: she's younger than her two sons! The film's highlight is a scene that was not in the original script but improvised by Hill and Spencer. It's set in a posh French restaurant and has all the broad and irresistible humour the movies are famous for.

Trinity is still my Name has less story and less venom than the first Trinity movie, but is probably even more fun to watch. It's true family entertainment. Warmly recommended.

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