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Duck, You Sucker aka A Fistful of Dynamite [Import]

Rik Battaglia , Roy Bosier , Sergio Leone    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A Fistful of Dynamite April 21 2002
I saw the original movie on TV and I thought it was great. So I purchased it from Amazon.com (VHS) and little did I know it was an edited version. They need to release a DVD/VHS uncut version. The edited version messed up the whole movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, but where's the full length version? 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie Jan. 11 2013
By Keinnon
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A must for Sergio Leone fans Duck, You Sucker has lots of character and massive explosions. I'd highly recommend having all the films in Leone's trilogy: Once Upon a Time in the West; Once Upon a Time in America and Duck, You Sucker.
(edited April 2013) I originally criticized this DVD for having subtitles I couldn't get rid of. Months later I discovered it was the Closed Captioning on our TV that was the problem. So many remotes....
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Sergio Leone movies Sept. 24 2008
Format:DVD
Sergion Leone's Mexican Revolution classic. Great acting and plot, very nice story and again with political overtones(with a quote by Mao at the start). The Commentary is excellent too....
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4.0 out of 5 stars waiting for the dvd Aug. 14 2002
You Love The good, the bad ???
Here a truly masterpiece more oriented on adventure than the pure
western. Leone show us great lessons on politics and military power in a spectacular and touching film.
I would give 5 stars on this if it was not the short VHS version
I can't wait for the DVD
rodlemeg
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars and applause-for the cut version! June 22 2002
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A little known adventure classic June 22 2001
This film was nearly lost to American viewers for many years. This story is unique in the sense that a renegade Irishman bands with a Mexican rogue and his family amidst the madness of Mexico torn by civil war. There are some brutal moments and some very funny scenes. The feeling of the time is captured as only Leone could do. Some terrific battle scenes and one of the best train wrecks ever filmed. Great dialog and great musical score by Ennio Morricone is both haunting and flowing. Plenty of action and adventure for the hardcore fan of the Italian films. Check it out.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ugh Feb. 16 2001
By "abdoe"
This is Leone's absolute worst film. Coburn and Steiger constantly lose their accents, and Morricone's score is terrible, full of early 1970's hippie strings and birdlike songs. The action consists strictly of blowing things up, which gets boring very quickly. Not a good film from a cinematic master.
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