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

Rik Battaglia , Roy Bosier , Sergio Leone    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Minute details Sept. 24 2000
The faces of nine men are shown to the Doctor before they are executed. Having it on video I asked myself 'Are we supposed to recognise these faces from having seen them earlier in the film?'. So I watched this scene together with the earlier scene where there is a planning meeting, and I matched some of the faces. In the first group of three the thin faced young man with a beard, and possibly Miguel the little man, who was smoking and coughing. The third, the tall man with a moustache could be the one who was standing wearing an apron at the meeting. The second group of three includes the young man with curly hair (who was seated at the meeting) and glasses, another big man with a moustache (who had been standing next to the Doctor) and I think the one earlier referred to as 'Jesus' who nodded his head when being told his part of the plan. In the last group of 3 I think the dark skinned one was recognisable from the meeting, but the other short man with glasses and the tall clean shaven man don't match with any of the faces seen earlier. If anybody has any further details about matching faces of people being executed with faces seen earlier in the film, I'd be interested on hearing about it on robertdhaines@hotmail.com.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon a Time --- the Revolution March 6 2000
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 "...in the West" and "...in 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 "...in 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen Uncut DVD please Feb. 28 2000
By Zuran
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
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... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Keinnon
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Sergio Leone movies
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). Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2008 by Terence Tan Co
4.0 out of 5 stars waiting for the dvd
You Love The good, the bad ???
Here a truly masterpiece more oriented on adventure than the pure
western. Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2002 by rodlemeg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars and applause-for the cut version!
The story of a Mexican gold-hungry troublemaker teaming up with an Irish expatriate holds great fun and plenty of action! Read more
Published on June 22 2002 by noregrets
3.0 out of 5 stars A Fistful of Dynamite
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. Read more
Published on April 21 2002 by Teresa Mikelsoncook
5.0 out of 5 stars A little known adventure classic
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... Read more
Published on June 22 2001 by Ironmike
2.0 out of 5 stars Ugh
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2001 by "abdoe"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, but when in DVD ?
This fil is one of those I prefer. I want it on DVD. Will someone tell me if he hears about it ?
Published on Oct. 28 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film by a great director!
This movie has been one of my favorites for years. James Coburn and Rod Steiger are great in their roles, expecially Steiger. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 1999 by Agnar Kr.(mrx@vortex.is
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