Despite originating in Europe, the spaghetti-western genre didn’t help many European actors become international stars; quite to the contrary, Hollywood actors ranging from Charles Bronson to Clint Eastwood to Lee Van Cleef, among many others, gained career boosts by slumming in foreign productions. The success of the man born Mario Girotti was an exception to this rule. Under his stage name, Terence Hill, the Italian/German actor gained such international notoriety by appearing in spaghetti westerns that he eventually landed starring roles in a handful of Hollywood features. That said, Hill’s signature film, They Call Me Trinity, is not among the finest examples of spaghetti westerns. It’s moderately entertaining, and the general looseness of the piece is as appealing as the comedic interplay between Hill and his frequent costar, Bud Spencer (né Carlo Pedersoli). Yet it’s forgettable compared to, say, My Name Is Nobody (1973), the gonzo spaghetti western that Hill made with iconic Italian director Sergio Leone and American screen legend Henry Fonda. — Peter Hanson

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