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« on: October 11, 2003, 08:29:16 PM »

I saw a Clint Eastwood movie around 1975.  I thought it was called a man named nobody.  He was a gun fighter.  At the end of the filmhe is in a barbershop getting a shave.  He was using his finger against the barber (mimicking a gun).  In an earlier sceen he had used a gun.  What is the name of that movie.    Thanks
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2003, 09:05:26 PM »

You are thinking of Il mio nome è Nessuno ("My Name Is Nobody," 1973), directed by Tonino Valerii with some assistance from Sergio Leone. Eastwood does not appear in the film. The role of "Nobody" was performed by the Italian actor whose screen name is Terence Hill.
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2003, 11:19:32 PM »

That's it.  Thank you.  i must have been nine years old.   I remember it was follwed by Charlette's Web.  
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2003, 05:28:57 PM »

You'll also remember it has one of the most beautiful themes from Ennio Morricone, wild and wacky, but very addictive! ;)
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2004, 08:21:14 PM »

I rented that movie recently!  It also stars Henry Fonda, but it's kind of a weird flick.  In fact, Terrence Hill's character is so rediculously (spelling?) fast that it's hard to tell if the director/producer/writer meant it to be funny, real, or satirical.  There are a few scenes in it where he is showing off how fast he is, flipping the pistol up and down and around and taunting his enemy, and it kind of turned me off the first time I saw it.  Since Ennio Morricone's soundtrack is so wacky (but it fits the movie),  I wonder if the movie makers were in a giggling mode when they made it.  Just a really weird flick; it's definately not for those who want to watch a (real) western.   And I've never seen that actor in any other movie, ever.  I hope this movie didn't kill his acting career!!   ???



 
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2004, 08:35:59 PM »

... And I've never seen that actor in any other movie, ever.  I hope this movie didn't kill his acting career!!   ???

The IMDb has 78 credits for Terence Hill (né Mario Girotti). Twenty-three postdate 1973's Il mio nome è Nessuno. Since the end of the era of the "spaghetti Westerns," however, I don't think many of them have been released in the U.S.
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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2004, 09:40:30 PM »

The Terrence Hill character is so unlike what the spaghetti westerns meant in the other flicks.  Whereas the Sergio Leone characters were serious and The Man With No name was the epitome of deadly gunplay, the part that Hill plays is the exact opposite.  They obviously did something to make him (appear) that fast, because you can't even see all that he's doing, which I'm sure is how they wanted it.  But his character is too carefree and so..........I don't know.  He's like the idiot who's not an idiot, the goofball who's actually the MAN.    

I don't know how much influence Leone had on the movie, or whose ideas were whose.  Funky movie!  
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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2004, 07:18:34 AM »

this movie has been produced by...Sergio Leone
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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2004, 04:01:17 PM »

this movie has been produced by...Sergio Leone
..and has a great score by Ennio Morricone ;)
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« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2005, 05:27:42 AM »


I'm a huge fan of My Name Is Nobody. I think it's a funny parody of Spaghetti Westerns that's also fairly poignant.

Yes Sergio Leone produced the film and co-wrote the story, which might explain why Henry Fonda is on board for such a low budget, odd little movie (Fonda said many times that Frank in Once Upon A Time in the West was the favorite role of his career). Fonda is Jack Beauregard, a legendary gunfighter nearing the end of his days. Terence Hill, best known for the silly Trinity series, is the good-humored, smiling hotshot with no name referred to only as "Nobody". Nobody's plan is to have his hero, Beauregard, go out in an historic blaze of glory, single-handedly facing down the Wild Bunch, a mercenary gang of 150 blood-thirsty cutthroat sons-of-b!tches. After all, it's the only exit fitting for such a legend. What follows is a conscious parody of the subgenre Leone made famous: the long, slow camera shots, protracted showdowns, extreme close-ups, bursts of graphic violence and even the requisite Ennio Morricone score (actually one of his best). All the ingredients are here, and they're all used to perfection. If you know Leone's work, you will find many little references and in-jokes to keep you giggling. And not just Leone's films are used for fodder, but other great Westerns too, including Ford's and Peckinpah's, and even non-Westerns references like the funhouse mirror sequence from Orson Welles' The Lady from Shanghai. This is one of those movies for movie nuts, where the more you know going in, the more you will get out of the experience.

The humor is often quite broad, even resorting to sped-up Keystone Cops-type action in a few spots. But it all works for me. The tone is such that these sometimes very silly sidetracks seem to fit. Hill is a good comedian, naturally charming, and Fonda seems genuinely amused throughout. But if the overall intent was to have fun at the genre's expense, by the end, My Name Is Nobody very subtly increases its ambition and is a smart observation on Western mythology and a welcome addition to the ranks of the films it set out to poke fun at. Rather than easily dismiss it as a lark, it should be included more prominently at the end cycle of those great Revisionist Westerns from the late '60s and early '70s. The poignancy and intelligence of Fonda and the script kind of sneak up on you, but through the gags and laughs there really is something to this story.

Along with Fonda and Hill are a few familiar Western faces in cameos, including R.G. Armstrong (a Peckinpah regular from Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, The Ballad of Cable Hogue and Ride the High Country), Leo Gordon (longtime Western vet, including films with Randolph Scott and John Wayne), Mario Brega, Piero Lulli and Jean Martin (from many a Spaghetti Western) and Geoffrey Lewis (who we know would become a longtime Eastwood co-star and had just appeared as the villain in Clint's High Plains Drifter).

This is the Spaghetti Western parody I imagine Sam Raimi must have been trying to make but failed at miserably with The Quick & the Dead (1995), and the fun deconstruction of myth Robert Rodriguez attempted in the first half of Desperado (1995), but neither of those efforts succeeds as well or as deeply as this oft-forgotten film. Having Leone involved in the production lends credibility and maybe even a touch of magic to My Name Is Nobody. Rumors persist that Leone might have had a more hands-on part of the production than the credits bare out, and while not as widely disputed as the Christian Nyby/Howard Hawks direction of The Thing from Another World, some still believe Sergio must have been calling at least some of the shots on the set. I think this rumor survives mostly because My Name Is Nobody is so good, so Valerii isn't given the credit he probably deserves.




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« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2005, 05:51:53 AM »

...and Geoffrey Lewis (who we know would become a longtime Eastwood co-star and had just appeared as the villain in Clint's directorial debut High Plains Drifter).

You must mean High Plains Drifter is the first western Clint directed, since it's not otherwise his directorial debut.
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« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2005, 06:27:05 AM »

You must mean High Plains Drifter is the first western Clint directed, since it's not otherwise his directorial debut.

Yup, that's a what I meant.
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« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2005, 02:58:05 PM »

I just bought My Name Is Nobody DVD.

Certainly there`s enough good moments in the film but still i think that it has not aged well.

The biggest problem to me in the film is Terrence Hill`s acting.Maybe it`s not fair to compare his acting to Henry Fonda`s acting but I think it`s Fonda that makes this film enough enjayable.

About Morricone`s music on the film,I think that part from the Wagner`s Ride Of Valkyrian(or something like that)every time that big riding posse shows up is annoying.

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« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2005, 03:39:46 PM »

For anybody who might be interested, THERE'S going to be a new R1 DVD of My Name is Nobody coming out next month.

Be seeing you in the off topic discussion. ;)
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« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2005, 10:55:39 PM »

yes it stars henery fonda
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« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2005, 11:07:00 PM »

yes it stars henery fonda

Yeah, Holden Pike already mentioned that, you know, in case couldn't tell from from his above post and all which clearly states:

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I'm a huge fan of My Name Is Nobody. I think it's a funny parody of Spaghetti Westerns that's also fairly poignant.

Yes Sergio Leone produced the film and co-wrote the story, which might explain why Henry Fonda is on board for such a low budget, odd little movie
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« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2005, 08:45:55 AM »

Terrence Hill was actually in a movie of my childhood, that I thought was pretty cool (even if cheezy).  The movie was Super Fuzz, and it also starred Ernest Borgnine. Anyone ever see this flick?  funny crap!
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« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2005, 02:30:31 AM »

Terence Hill was actually in several Spagetti Westerns.

He is most famous I think for the Trinity series, some of the titles of which were Trinity Rides Again, Revenge of Trinity, My Name Is Trinity and  Trinity Is STILL My Name.  There was also a film called  Nobody's the Greatest which had the alternative title Trinity Is Back Again,  so I assume My name is Nobody was some sort of a follow on from that series. 

His films were intentionally funny.

He also co-starred with an actor called Bud Spenser in a few of these films.

Terence Hill and Bud Spenser actually had a bit of a cult status in Australia when I was a teenager (back in the good old 80's).

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« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2005, 02:34:48 AM »

i read terence hill resides in australia
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« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2005, 02:43:04 AM »

i read terence hill resides in australia

Really?

I just found his website: www.terencehill.com

It says My name is Nobody will be release on DVD on August 15 (In Germany). 

Don't know how that will compare to the US release.

This is a great thread.   I think I will rent a Trinity DVD (if I can find one!)

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