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Billy Two Hats (1973)

billytwohats1Ted Kotcheff directed this curious western in Israel two years after making the excellent Wake In Fright (1971) in Australia.

It’s about the friendship of an old Scottish outlaw and a young half-breed which is broken by the older man’s death.

Gregory Peck and Desi Arnaz Jnr are, in many ways, very good. It’s just that their very casting is unusual, to say the least.

Alan Sharp’s script wanders a little too much, ultimately saying nothing. That criticism would not be so severe were it not for the fact that in saying nothing, Sharp is not very entertaining either.

One of the three producers was Norman Jewison.

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Gregory Peck
Desi Arnaz Jnr

Director
Ted Kotcheff

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