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Billy Two Hats (1973)

Ted 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.

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Gregory Peck and Desi Arnaz Jr 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.

Arch Deans
Gregory Peck
Billy Two Hats
Desi Arnaz Jr
Sheriff Henry Gifford
Jack Warden
Copeland, Saloon Owner
David Huddleston
Copeland’s Squaw
Dawn Little Sky
Esther Spencer
Sian Barbara Allen
Spencer
John Pearce
Indian Leader
Vince St. Cyr
Indians
Henry Medicine Hat
Zeev Berlinsky
Antony Scott

Director
Ted Kotcheff

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