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Carambola

From The Spaghetti Western Database

Carambola (Italy 1974 / Director: Ferdinando Baldi)

  • Runtime: 99 min
  • Release Date: 13.9.1974

Also known as

Carambola! (English) | Vier Fäuste schlagen wieder zu (Germany) | Carambola! - Slår alltid först (Sweden) | Caramba-veljekset (Finland) | Mon nom est Trinita (Belgium) | Si ce n'est toi... c'est donc ton frere (France) | Nos llaman Carambola (Spain) | Karambol (Turkey) | Karambol (Czech Republic) | Strange Adventures of Coby and Ben

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Paul L. Smith [as Paul Smith](Clem/Ben/Butch/Len Rothman), Antonio Cantafora [as Michael Coby](Coby/Toby/Trinity), Horst Frank (Clydeson), Guglielmo Spoletini [as William Bogart](Kelly), Pino Ferrara (sheriff), Luciano Catenacci (Captain Howard Jackson), Franco Fantasia (Professor Max Lager), Ignazio Spalla [as Pedro Sanchez](Mexican revolutionary), Melissa Chimenti (Pamela), Gaetano Russo (billiards challenger), Pietro Torrisi (prison guard, Jackson soldier), Carla Mancini, Giovanni [Nello] Pazzafini (Clydeson henchman), Gianlorenzo Bernini (Jackson lieutenant), Pietro Ceccarelli (Roger, tug o' war player), Mike Morris (billiard bet-taker), Luigi Antonio Guerra, Remo De Angelis (Lieutenant Stevens, maestro d'armi)
  • Also with: Fred Robsahm (Ranger lieutenant), Claudio Ruffini (tug o' war player), Angelo Susani (tug 'o war player), Benjamin Lev (cantina waiter), Roberto Dell'Acqua (Clydeson henchman, kung fu student), Angelo Boscariol (Clydeson henchman), Roberto Messina (Clydeson henchman), Artemio Antonini (Clydeson henchman), Vladamiro Daddi (Clydeson henchman), Enrico Chiappafreddo (Clydeson henchman), Giovanni Bonadonna (Clydeson henchman), Sergio Testori (Clydeson henchman), Elio Bonadonna (Clydeson henchman), Giglio Gigli (Indian), Lina Franchi (Laredo merchant), Paolo Sceusan (tug o' war observer)
  • Story: Nico Ducci, Mino Roli
  • Screenplay: Ferdinando Baldi, Nico Ducci, Mino Roli
  • Cinematography: Aiace Parolin (Eastmancolor - CinemaScope 2,35:1)
  • Music: Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera
  • Songs: "You Can Fly", "Milk Serenade" sung by Dream Bags
  • Producer: Manolo Bolognini

Synopsis

Coby is an ex-soldier and billiard champion. He and his friend Len accept the sum of 50,000 dollars to investigate the trafficking of arms across the Mexican border, but the pair come across a new revolutionary revolver. Followed by Carambola, filotto... tutti in buca.

Comment

This film embodies all the qualities that I hate in a Spaghetti Western comedy. And I actually enjoy most of these comedies! But the film here is mostly a compilation of unimaginably tedious fight scenes that are all scored to a grossly overplayed bubble gum musical score all involving a fat man wih dark hair and a grumpy attitude. Sound familiar? All too much. Trinity was pretty new with these ideas but here, they're so overdone, it self parodies its self parody!

by Korano

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