Duck, You Sucker (aka A Fistful of Dynamite) (2-Disc Collector's Edition) (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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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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Another highly stylized Spaghetti Western largely filmed in Spain. It does not feel like Mexico but has that Spanish underpinning that gives it credibility. Leone is an expert at creating psychological drama especially with close-ups on the faces of the actors and uses added focus on the eyes to give greater depth to characters.
Overall I liked this movie.
There are moments of inertia but it is generally an action packed movie with good special effects for the period it was made. It was good that Clint Eastwood did not find his way into this movie- using Rod Steiger and James Coburn provided a fresh view of Leone's work and this character pairing is magical.
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 ?
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!
The bad guy() is as classic a bad guy as Rutger Hauer's in 'Bladerunner', and also, with no heart at all.
The two main characters relationship grows from nothing, through a revolution, and to the very bitter and yet profound end.
A western for a change, with a real message!
(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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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 morePublished on Sept. 24 2008 by Terence Tan Co
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Here a truly masterpiece more oriented on adventure than the pure
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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... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2001 by Ian Cooper
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