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  • Actors: Rik Battaglia, Roy Bosier, Nino Casale, Antoine Domingo, John Frederick
  • Directors: Sergio Leone
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: United Artists
  • Release Date: May 13 2008
  • Run Time: 157 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014BJ1DQ

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A Humorous Tale About An Irish Terrorist Who Is Obsessed Withexplosives & Teams Up With A Peasant During The Mexicanrevolution.

A different sort of Sergio Leone Western, this one takes place during the Mexican Revolution, with more politics than usual. But there's still plenty of action, with Rod Steiger as a cigar-chomping peasant who robs banks to liberate political prisoners, and James Coburn as an Irish terrorist trying to flee from his bitter past. They team up to thwart a sadistic officer and help the cause; redemption for the more subdued Coburn provides added depth. Beware: this is not the longer uncut version (released in Italy) known as Duck, You Sucker, featuring more flashbacks, more politics, and a more unsavory Steiger. But it's terrific fun, even in this shortened version, with Ennio Morricone's moody score and Coburn's most underrated performance. --Bill Desowitz

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Cooper on Feb. 19 2001
When first released, this movie was 2 hours and 45 minutes long and entitled 'Duck, You Sucker'. Leone originally intended the film to be part 2 of a 'Once Upon a Time' trilogy ('Once Upon a Time in the West'; 'Once Upon a Time, the Revolution'; and 'Once Upon a Time in America'). However, for some reason the idea was dropped and 'Revolution' turned into the rather unimaginatively titled 'Duck You Sucker', which was then cut down and again retitled 'Fistful of Dynamite' for audiences in the USA.
Two scenes are missing from this version. The scene where Juan meets one of the leaders of the revolution is sorely missed as it gives added depth to the story, as well as balancing out the movie somewhat in terms of its main themes.
Even with the missing parts, this is still (in my opinion) one of Sergio Leone's best movies. The interaction between the two main characters is excellent, and Leone is on top form as he shows how each of the main characters are changed by the influences of the other.
Unlike Sergio Leone's other 'Spaghetti Westerns', this one is a bit more cerebral, and tends to focus more on character development and to a certain extent on political philosophy. Some don't like this, but I find that out of all of Leone's movies, this is the one that I always find myself coming back to, which is why I finally purchased it on videotape.
I hope that sometime in the near future, this forgotten classic will be reissued in widescreen DVD format, and restored to its original length. As I said before, the deleted scenes help the story, and widescreen format is essential, given Leone's penchant for super close-ups.
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Once upon a simpler time, Sergio Leone set out to make a trilogy of films that would be thematically related -- the "Once Upon a Time" films; many people aren't aware of this, even if they know Leone's work.
This film (according to usually-reliable sources), shot under the working title "Once Upon a Time -- The Revolution", was the second of the three (between " the West" and " America".
While it mostly eschews the heavier-handed Messages of the other two, still not everything in this film is on the surface -- there is subtext in the relationship between the Mexican peasant bankrobber and the fugitive Irish explosives expert.
Rod Steiger (in my second-favourite of his roles) as Juan, the apolitical bank robber drawn into the Mexican Revolution very much against his better judgement and James Coburn, travelling through Mexico by motorcycle carrying enough dynamite under his long duster to redraw the maps if he's shot, both appear to have had a ball making this film.
In the elliptical way that Leone often approaches things, this film is the story of the redemption of a man who has given up on himself -- the cynical Irish fugitive begins to realise that, despite his claim that " the end, all I believe in is dynamite", he DOES care what happens to "the little people" and that he is willing to fight and die for them. And it is the story of the radicalisation of a non-political non-intellectual as he is forced to see, first-hand, the abuses of the system and the casual mistreatment of the common man that he has managed to avoid looking at so far.
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Although not quite as good as Once Upon A Time In The West and The Good The Bad and the Ugly, this is still a masterpiece and remains Italian cinema's best depiction of the Mexican revolution. Leone's landscape panoramas and his unrivalled close-ups, Morricone's fantasic music (his score is right-up there with his all time best - buy the CD) and great, larger than life performances by Steiger and Coburn contribute to the fun. "Where there's revolution, there's confusion. And where there's confusion a man who knows what he wants stand a good chance of getting it".
My favourites - the scene in which Coburn watches the execution of the revolutionaries intercut with a flashback of killing his best friend (played by Lucio Fulci horror star David Warbeck) in Ireland and the scene in which Steiger robs the bank opening door after door to find revolutionaries instead of money to the accompanyment of a Morricone tune steadily building in crescendo.
But this is the cut PG rated version and is also pan and scanned - the uncut version, which is about 17 minutes longer, was released on laserdisc a couple of years ago and surely DVD is crying out for a widescreen, uncut release. Where is it ?
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The story of a Mexican gold-hungry troublemaker teaming up with an Irish expatriate holds great fun and plenty of action! The most interesting character here might be the man who is both full of gusto and at the same time,dramatically torn:Sean Mallory.
I have seen both versions,the European one and the American one,and I don`t think it was a loss for the film to be issued in a new,shorter version,actually,it was quite rewarding for the story.I think the European version had too many moments where you just waited for something to happen.
The music has to be commented upon.It`s beautiful! Present and past come together as Mallory`s longing for the girl he left behind blends with Mallory`s present situation in Mexico. The romantic and melodious mixed with the rough and rhythmic. Perfect!
This film is a grand buy!
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