aka: They Call Me Trinity
A duology of Italian Spaghetti Western
movies starring Terence Hill as the eponymous Trinity
and Bud Spencer
as his older brother Bambino
. The movies were written and directed by Enzo Barboni and quickly became a runaway success, spawning the entire genre of Western comedy
in The Seventies
. The films also played a major role in consolidating Hill and Spencer's fame as Those Two Actors
, and they went on to co-star in over a dozen more movies.
- They Call Me Trinity (1971). Trinity, the resident Fastest Gun in the West, arrives to a small town somewhere The Wild West where his older brother Bambino (means "Baby" in Italian) poses as a sheriff, while the rest of his gang is away on business. Soon enough, he discovers a Mormon settlement on the outskirts of the town and becomes enamored with two Mormon girls. The Mormons, however, are being driven out of their land by a ruthless Major Harriman who hires goons to harass them. Trinity is inclined to help and even enlists Bambino to teach the Mormon guys some dirty fighting tricks... Much hilarious ass-whooping ensues.
- Trinity Is STILL My Name! (1972). After making The Promise to their not really dying father, Bambino is stuck with Trinity and has to teach him the secrets of horse-stealing. The rest of the movie is basically a collection of positively side-splitting exchanges between the two brothers and whoever they meet along the way, over-the-top brawls, gambling, Gun Twirling, Improbable Aiming Skills, and one seven-minutes long fight inside a monastery.
The first movie has been accidentally released into the public domain upon its release. There are other films published under the Trinity
brand but only these two are true to canon. The rest are earlier, more serious and grim
films also starring Hill and Spencer but in different roles.
The movies contain examples of following tropes:
- As the Good Book Says: In the first movie, it is actually a quote from Book of Ecclesiastes that finally convinces the Mormons to fight for their rights.
- Badass Family: We only see Trinity and Bambino's parents for a short time, but it quickly becomes apparent where they got it from.
- Bloodstained Glass Windows: There is no actual blood spilled, but the final fight scene in the second movie takes place inside a monastery. With the monks participating.
- Cut a Slice, Take the Rest: In the beginning of the first movie, Trinity drifts into a bar to have a meal after a long journey. The bartender gives him two scoops of beans. However he eats from the pan and proceeds to empty it under the disgusted looks of the others.
- Embarrassing First Name: "Shut up, and don't call me 'Bambino'."
- Extremity Extremist: Shy from the first movie fights only using his legs and feet.
- Fastest Gun in the West: Trinity is acknowledged as the one in the beginning of the first movie. And it shows.
- Bambino is just as fast, though.
- Faux Affably Evil: The Big Bad of the first movie, Major Harriman, is cruel enough to want to massacre a settlement of religious pacifists (women and children included) just to pasture his horses, but he is also witty, cultivated and a very polite Southern Gentleman. He even tips his hat to the heroes as he rides off in defeat.
- Follow the Leader: The films paved way for many an imitation.
- French Cuisine Is Haughty: In the second movie, the two borderline-illiterate outlaw brothers suddenly find themselves really rich, buy smart suits and go to an expensive French restaurant. Hilarity Ensues.
- The Gunslinger: Trinity is known as "the Right Hand of the Devil". Appropriately, Bambino is "the Left Hand". In case you haven't figured it out, he is left-handed.
- To the point that the German dub was given the title "Die rechte und die linke Hand des Teufels" (The Devil's right and left hand).
- Gun Twirling: At one point in the second movie, Trinity manages to bitch-slap a guy fifteen times, twirling out a gun to his face with the same hand, to and from its holster. Before said guy even has a chance to reach out for his own! To give an idea of how fast he did it, when done at full speed each slap was timed at just under two seconds!
- Implacable Man: Bambino is unstoppable in a brawl. Trinity, who is quite fast and hits very hard, accidentally punched Bambino in the first movie, which only garnered an annoyed look from him. Trinity immediately apologized and slunk away.
- Improbable Aiming Skills:
- Trinity has quite godlike powers with his revolver.
- As is Bambino. At one point, the Big Bad of the second movie is attempting to passively threaten the brothers. Trinity quick-draws, fires from the hip, and extinguishes a cigarette one of the Mooks was smoking. Then Bambino pulls the same trick to relight it.
- Offhand Backhand: You have read the above above about Trinity's gun skills, right?
- Perfect Pacifist People: The Mormons in the first movie, until an appropriate quote is found in the Bible.
- The Promise: The major plot driving force in the second movie is Bambino's promise to look out for Trinity to his father, who was actually only faking his own death.
- Red Baron: Trinity is known as "the right hand of the Devil" for his quick-draw and his aim. Bambino is known as "the left hand of the Devil" for the same reason (their names match their revolver hands, naturally).
- Sibling Team: Trinity and Bambino.
- Spaghetti Western
- Teach Me How To Fight: This is the Mormons' request in the first movie.
- Those Two Actors: Bud Spencer as Bambino and Terence Hill as Trinity. You heard of them.
- Training the Peaceful Villagers: Half the plot of the first movie.
- The Wild West