A Bounty Killer for Trinity / Un bounty killer a Trinità (Aristide Massaccesi, 1972)


(Starblack) #1

Another of those micro-budgeted, slackly plotted, thick-headed, crudely patched together productions from the early Seventies that proliferated alongside the Trinity-clone comedies.

Frankly, there’s just as much to laugh at here, as the luridly attired, moustachioed Mexican O’Hara (!) brothers - yes, the same ones from Black Killer (and possibly elsewhere?) - terrorise the good folk of Trinity. Not that there are many good folk to see in Trinity, since the budget obviously wouldn’t stretch to extras, leaving us in the company of the “stars”, Jeff Cameron and Antonio Cantafora, a few old stagers like Attilio Dottesio and a host of stocky stunt players.

The O’Haras’ MO is simple - kill pretty much anyone, whether they’re co-operating or not, and guffaw hysterically in the established Mexican manner. In desperation, the town council votes to hire notorious bounty hunter Alan Boyd, played by Cameron, who bludgeons his way through the villains’ moronic underlings with brutish enthusiasm.

I can’t help but liking Cameron in roles like this. No, he’s not much of an actor, but he makes a very believable thug, and his fight scenes are always convincing. Here, he sports a natty overcoat and is furnished with a Mortimer-style saddlebag full of esoteric weapons, including a sawn-off shotgun (there’s nothing subtle about this guy) and a crossbow from which he launches dynamite-laden arrows.

It’s utter tosh, of course, full of offputting close-ups and shaky camerawork (for a Massaccesi-lensed film, it’s surprisingly ugly), but fine if you’re in the mood for dumb, Fidani-esque fun.

Massaccesi signed it as ‘Oskar Faradine’, a name concocted with the assistance of producer Oscar Santaniello (who also backed Black Killer and may have borrowed footage from that film for this one). Santaniello is often credited as director as well.


(Silver Wolf) #2

D’Amato mentions this film as one of his first works in a documentary Joe D’Amato Totally Uncut and even some footage is shown in I remember correctly. Discussing Go Away! Trinity Has Arrived in Elrorado, D’Amato claims that the film was credited to producer Diego Spataro (=Dick Spitfire) because he feared that getting recognized as a director might affect his ability to get work as a DP (no one asks director to work as a mere DP) . That’s probably the reason for crediting Santaniello’s pseudonym for this film.


(cm215) #3

Anyone know where I can find this in English?


(Bill san Antonio) #4

here for example
http://www.freewebs.com/stopgapdvd/spaghettiwestern.htm

I enjoyed this film, it’s really cheaply made and recycles material from other films but nevertheless entertaining fun. I also like Cameron here, very cool professional bounty hunter.


(Col. Douglas Mortimer) #5

I think Cameron is the worst SW leading star I’ve ever seen. He’s great as a henchman, really bad as the lead star.


(Bill san Antonio) #6

[quote=“Col. Douglas Mortimer, post:5, topic:1761”]I think Cameron is the worst SW leading star I’ve ever seen. He’s great as a henchman, really bad as the lead star.[/quote]I don’t like him either that much but in this film he’s pretty good.


(Starblack) #7

At the very least he looks like he could really f**k up your day, which isn’t always the case with SW leads.


(Col. Douglas Mortimer) #8

Johnny Hallyday in Specialists comes to mind LOL. Hunt Powers in Sugar Colt too.


(Starblack) #9

And Peter Lee Lawrence. I mean, it would take a grizzly bear to hold its own against Nello Pazzafini, yet PLL manages it in Days of Violence. I know, suspension of disbelief and all that, but come on…


(Silver Wolf) #10

I agree, he’s one of few SW regulars that I really dislike. Zero charisma.

@Starblack: PLL beats Nello in Death on High Mountain too. Twice. Then again, Nello got beat up by lesser men than him on a regular basis. He was beaten by Robert Widmark in Trinity & Sartana! That’s just too much!

A Bounty Killer for Trinity would be a much better film with Nello as the leading man. Just think of it:

“I can’t help but liking Nello Pazzafini in a role like this. No, he’s not much of an actor, but he makes a very believable thug, and his fight scenes are always convincing. Here, he sports a natty overcoat and is furnished with a Mortimer-style saddlebag full of esoteric weapons, including a sawn-off shotgun (there’s nothing subtle about this guy) and a crossbow from which he launches dynamite-laden arrows.”

Sounds like a damn classic to me!


(Starblack) #11

[quote=“Silver Wolf, post:10, topic:1761”]A Bounty Killer for Trinity would be a much better film with Nello as the leading man. Just think of it:

“I can’t help but liking Nello Pazzafini in a role like this. No, he’s not much of an actor, but he makes a very believable thug, and his fight scenes are always convincing. Here, he sports a natty overcoat and is furnished with a Mortimer-style saddlebag full of esoteric weapons, including a sawn-off shotgun (there’s nothing subtle about this guy) and a crossbow from which he launches dynamite-laden arrows.”

Sounds like a damn classic to me![/quote]

Hell, I’d pay good money to see that too.


(Bluntwolf) #12

If you’re accustomed to Fidani’s movies and other trashy directors such as Lattanzi or Crea you’ll probably like or even love that movie !!! ‘Un bounty killer a trinità’ is a perfect example of entertaining B-Western trash.


(ION BRITTON) #13

An average, forgettable, cheaply made b-western. The camerawork was really messy, especially in the beginning, most of the action was far from exciting and the use of the bow as the main weapon didn’t work that well. Cameron in the role of the confident professional bounty-hunter was possibly the only positive thing of the whole movie.


(autephex) #14

Like both the film and Jeff Cameron

In fact, think I’ll have to view this one again soon. I have a nice looking widescreen version, from an Italian DVD I believe, with custom English subtitles. Does anyone know if there has been a fandub with the English audio added to this print?


(Bill san Antonio) #15

[quote=“autephex, post:14, topic:1761”]I have a nice looking widescreen version, from an Italian DVD I believe, with custom English subtitles. Does anyone know if there has been a fandub with the English audio added to this print?[/quote]I didn’t even know there was a dvd release.


(ENNIOO) #16

Not as I am aware. Have a copy from a VHS with english language aswell.


(autephex) #17

I don’t know if the one I have is from a DVD or not, it may be VHS sourced, but its a lot better looking than the Greek fullscreen VHS. Its up on CG

If no one’s added English to that version yet, may just have to add that to my queue…


(autephex) #18

Just verified its from an Italian DVD release.
In the collection ‘I Grandi Classici del Western all’italiana’.


(Bill san Antonio) #19

[quote=“autephex, post:18, topic:1761”]Just verified its from an Italian DVD release.
In the collection ‘I Grandi Classici del Western all’italiana’.

[/quote]needs to be added to database then. Nice looking print.


(Bad Lieutenant) #20

I’v seen a rip of this one. It’s also available as a single disc, cover with an Italian flag (you know the series).
With this film it doesn’t matter much whether you watch it in full- or widescreen. But the print does look good, yes.