Back in the 1970s, Terence Hill and Bud Spencer teamed for the first of their comedic spaghetti westerns. Now older but no wiser, the duo return to familiar territory in TROUBLEMAKERS. However, this flick's total lack of quality may leave THEY CALL ME TRINITY fans questioning their
While their Maw (Ruth Buzzi) frets about a Christmas family reunion, estranged bounty-hunter brothers Travis (Terence Hill) and Moses (Bud Spencer) sniff around the idea of re-teaming. Whereas Travis risks his life freeing desperadoes like Sam Stone (Boots Sutherland) from the hangman's noose to
insure their gratitude as a future annuity, Moses divides his time between raising a large clan and rounding up outlaws in bunches. Mistrusting his goof-off brother, Moses is too tempted by a record-breaking reward not to accept Travis's assistance in tracking the very same Sam Stone.
Mistaken for the bad guys when their plan to apprehend the Stone gang during a bank robbery backfires, Moses survives the gallows because of his enormous girth. Once out of police custody, the brothers are captured by Stone. Travis saves both their necks by reminding Stone of how he helped him
elude capital punishment.
The brothers finally make it to Maw's house. After Christmas dinner gets ruined by townsfolk itching for a rematch with the bounty-hunting brothers, the family pulls together to outsmart their uninvited guest, the greedy Stone, who's looking for a fortune that's purportedly hidden on their land.
United in a common purpose, the family ties Stone up. In the end, the Brothers realize Maw made up the yarn about buried loot and that the true treasure is a loving home life.
Imagine being trapped in a Three Stooges version of a Sergio Leone movie, and you'll have some idea of the idiotic chaos that awaits you here. TROUBLEMAKERS is a movie only a yokel's mother could love; it's full of bit players a-cussin' and a-scrappin' like Ma and Pa Kettle's brood at a dude
ranch. Since the movie was obviously created with dubbing in mind, it is weighed down by the sort of off-kilter lip-synching that is common to so many international co-productions. Padded out with enough brawling to sate the chronically ornery, decked out with lamebrained running gags, and riddled
with inconsistencies, TROUBLEMAKERS is a numbskull Western parody, a European BLAZING SADDLES manque.(Violence, Profanity.)
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- Released: 1994
- Rating: NR
- Review: Back in the 1970s, Terence Hill and Bud Spencer teamed for the first of their comedic spaghetti westerns. Now older but no wiser, the duo return to familiar territory in TROUBLEMAKERS. However, this flick's total lack of quality may leave THEY CALL ME TRIN… (more)