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joeschmoe
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« on: September 21, 2023, 10:13:25 AM »

Howdy pardners, I'm trying to find out which film this scene is from.  I saw it on TV as a kid and it's just one of those niggling things I'd like to put to bed.

As I remember it, the film was in color and probably would have been made in the 1960's-70's.

Clint was destitute and hungry and entered a potato sack race because the first one to cross the finish line won a pile of food, which included some white grapes that he gulped down.

Did this really appear in a Clint film or amicrazy? TIA

I recently watched the Man With No Name films, Hang 'Em High, Two Mules for Sister Sara, Joe Kidd, and High Plains Drifter, and it's not in any of those.
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2023, 12:51:29 PM »

Hi joeschmoe, that does not sound like an Eastwood movie to me. Perhaps it was a spaghetti western with a "Clint Eastwood type"? This scene also sounds like it might have been in a comedy, which would make me think of Terence Hill movies.
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2023, 02:55:07 AM »

Hi joeschmoe,
The film you are looking for must be Ben and Charlie, a 1972 Italian western with Giuliano Gemma and George Eastman. As Christopher said, Clint Eastwood has nothing to do with it. But the character played by George Eastman (Charlie) seems a little inspired by characters played by Clint in some westerns (silent type, fast draw, bad tempered). Giuliano Gemma was an Italian actor better known for some films like A Gun for Ringo or The Return of Ringo, both directed by Duccio Tessari, who co-wrote A Fistful of Dollars script. For American Sniper, Clint took The Funeral theme from The Return of Ringo, composed by Ennio Morricone.

Here is the film Ben and Charlie:

The sequence you described starts at 14min33sec

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=t4pBD67sVsU&pp=ygUjbcOpZmllLXRvaSBiZW4gY2hhcmxpZSB2ZXV0IHRhIHBlYXU%3D
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2023, 10:01:12 AM »

Nice find, Hocine. Have you seen this movie before or just able to find it after reading the question?
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2023, 03:29:39 PM »

Nice find, Hocine. Have you seen this movie before or just able to find it after reading the question?

Thank you, Christopher :)
Actually, I have seen this movie many times before. But I almost forgot it.
After reading the question, I had no idea about the film joeschmoe described at first.
It even sounded like an episode from The Little House TV series to me. Probably because of that potato sack race :)
Then I realized that I actually knew that movie. In fact, I have seen it many times when I was between 8 and 12 years old I guess. I was 7 years old when my family bought a VHS player for the first time.
My father used to buy many Italian films on VHS: mostly westerns, adventure films, sword and sandals movies like Hercules. I have to admit that most of those movies were far from being masterpieces but they were entertaining and funny. This was the way I discovered that movie, Ben and Charlie, which is half a comedy, half a western. And more important and significant to me, this was the way I actually discovered Clint Eastwood in The Good The Bad And The Ugly and For A Few Dollars More when I was probably 8 years old. At that same age, I also discovered Al Pacino in Scarface. Today, Clint and Al Pacino are still my favorite actors.
 
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2023, 05:00:14 PM »

Hi joeschmoe,
The film you are looking for must be Ben and Charlie, a 1972 Italian western with Giuliano Gemma and George Eastman.
Great find, thanks!

Funny how I remembered the sequence accurately except for putting Clint's face on the other actor.

Been bothering me for years and now I'm free.  ;D
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