A Fistful of Dynamite (1972)



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Movie Info

In this outing, set during the Mexican Revolution, filmmaker Sergio Leone takes a poke at Spaghetti westerns. A lone solder of fortune with a love of TNT ends up involved with a rebellious peon who tries to rob a Mexican bank. The disparate duo also manages to end the Revolution.

Rating: R
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Sergio Leone, Sergio Donati, Luciano Vincenzoni
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 5, 2007
United Artists


as Juan Miranda

as John H. "Sean" Mallo...

as Dr. Villego

as Adolita

as Santerna

as Guttierrez

as Landowner

as Sebastian
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Critic Reviews for A Fistful of Dynamite

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7)

The idiosyncrasies are there, all right, but they have never seemed less interesting.

Full Review… | September 4, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

The most wry of the political spaghettis, and wholly wonderful.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Features one of the most glorious and unforgettable scores by Leone's composer, Ennio Morricone.

Full Review… | November 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The new print is good, and the 20 restored minutes are choice.

Full Review… | November 18, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

The combination of Leone's obsessive close-ups, Ennio Morricone's melodious music, and the comradely chemistry of Coburn and Steiger ignite an emotional explosion comparable to that of Once Upon a Time in the West.

Full Review… | January 17, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

A marvelous sense of detail and spectacular effects -- good fun all the way.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for A Fistful of Dynamite

This great film gets harsh judgement after the masterpieces that Leone directed before it., but put it up against any other Italian Western or any other Western for that matter and it's still a classic. James Coburn and Rod Steiger are great and this film features one of Morricone's greatest scores.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Another solid Leone film. Thematically it feels as though it were a companion piece to The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. While the characters may not be as memorable as the ones that Eastwood, Wallach, and Cleef created, Coburn and Stieger really hold their own. (In fact, Steiger's performance is so solid that I am almost convinced that DePalma later lifted many of Stieger's mannerisms for his remake of Scarface.) Although it isn't as visually enthralling as TGTBTU, Leone still crafts some scenes that make the viewer wonder how he dreamed up such a sequence. Being Leone's last Western, fans can at least rejoice that he ended on a good note.

Reid Volk

Super Reviewer


Once Upon a Time the Revolution (yeah, that's how it should be called) lives in the shadow of Leone's previous westerns. It's a shame because this is a solid fun film, with stronger character developement than any of the films in the dollars trilogy. Juan Miranda and John Mallory are complex characters, and the heavily political plot shows a more ambitious Leone. Even that he didn't wanted to direct this at first you can see his touch all over the place.

While things get a bit complicated towards the middle, with the film not showing several moments in between other key moments, the story stays strong all the way to the end. Morricone composes one of his most gorgeous and haunting scores ever, right there with Once Upon a Time in the West.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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