When Terence Hill was “replaced” by a wizard

They kept calling him Trinity is the 1971 film directed by Enzo Barboni which is broadcast tonight at 21.25 on Rete 4. More than fifty years after its release at the cinema, They kept calling him Trinity – as well as its predecessor They Call Me Trinity… – continues to be a much loved film of Italian cinema, thanks also to the usual chemistry between Bud Spencer and Terence Hill.

They kept calling it Trinity, the plot

After what was told in They Call Me Trinity… Baby (Bud Spencer) is forced to face his opponents without ammunition, when the sheriff he had replaced tracks him down. However, the man manages to steal some horses from some outlaws and escape, going to his mother in New Orleans (Jessica Dublin). Here Bambino is joined by his brother Trinità (Terence Hill), but the family idyll doesn’t last long, when the outlaws whose horses Bambino stole come to town to take revenge. In light of the consequences of the attack, Bambino and Trinità begin to work together, under the placid gaze of her mother who sees the two brothers reunited again. Soon, however, the road of the two will lead them to James Parker (Emilio delle Piane), a dangerous arms dealer who at first takes them for federal agents. New clashes, therefore, await the two protagonists, who are, as always, willing to do almost anything to raise a few more dollars.

When Terrence Hill was “replaced” by a wizard

They kept calling him Trinity is a film that represents a perfect example of the so-called Western Beans, the all-Italian film genre that aims to be a parody of the Spaghetti Westerns invented by Sergio Leone and has become a real quality standard for cinema all over the world, even inspiring Quentin Tarantino and his filmography. Tarantino who, as we read on DJ, used the whistles featured in the soundtrack signed by Ennio Morricone for They Call Me Trinity in the final of Django Unchained. It is therefore not surprising that, years later, the film with Bud Spencer and Terence Hill is still so iconic, with an audience following that tends to grow with each television passage. Furthermore, the film is really full of cult scenes, which have become memorable sequences in the memory of all viewers who have fallen victim to the ramshackle charm of cinema over the years. There is, for example, the scene in which Terence Hill’s character is grappling with a game of poker, in which he cheats in order to obtain the maximum yield with minimum effort. During this scene, the camera insists a lot on Trinità’s hands, showing the character’s ability to perform real virtuosity with his fingers. Actually, as you read about TvZapthe hands that appear on the screen are not those of Terence Hill, but those of Tony Binarelli, famous magician who put his art at the service of the film. In an interview reported by the same newspaper, Binarelli himself explained that the director was worried that on the screen it could appear evident that the hands on stage were not those of Hill. For this reason he chose to make up the magician’s fingers, so as to make them as similar as possible to those of the interpreter of Trinità. A real magic number.

When Terence Hill was “replaced” by a wizard