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A Fistful of Dynamite (Duck, You Sucker) (Gił la testa) (1972)

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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Originally titled Gił la Testa, Duck, You Sucker! is a Mexican-revolution yarn, filmed in Italy by spaghetti Western maven Sergio Leone. James Coburn is top-billed as John H. Mallory, an Irish soldier of fortune with a penchant for explosives. Rod Steiger plays Juan Miranda, another mercenary who wants to utilize Mallory's specialty to blast into a bank. Despite his avaricious intentions, Miranda becomes a hero when the hole he blows in the bank wall frees dozens of political prisoners. Duck,

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Western, Action & Adventure, Classics

Sergio Leone, Sergio Donati

Jun 5, 2007

United Artists

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

September 4, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (2)
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The most wry of the political spaghettis, and wholly wonderful.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Features one of the most glorious and unforgettable scores by Leone's composer, Ennio Morricone.

November 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The new print is good, and the 20 restored minutes are choice.

November 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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.

January 17, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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A marvelous sense of detail and spectacular effects -- good fun all the way.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A fascinatingly disjointed hybrid of Western and combat film.

September 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Impossibly virile and caustic

September 6, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

One of Leone's best movies -- and one of his looniest, which may be exactly why it's one of the best.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Not exactly classic Leone, but enjoyable nonetheless as many of the great elements are in place: maverick heroes, action, and Ennio Morricone music.

September 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Leone's genius is clearly on display here, and it's a near-great film.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Well-plotted action, but as in most of Leone's films scenes seem to have been deleted from the American prints.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An awkward, overlong and overblown actioner that was only interesting in parts.

March 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sergio Leone will rest in peace, now that this under valued film is finally restored ... retains its extraordinary power, driven in large part by the two central performances.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Woefully overlooked... Top-tier widescreen action... Ennio Morricone's enchanting score and Leone's trademark flourishes handshake in wild agreement. Sucker punches its way to the top of the Italian-western mountains.

December 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
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Audience Reviews for A Fistful of Dynamite (Duck, You Sucker) (Gił la testa)

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.
March 5, 2012
Graham Jones

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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.
May 16, 2011
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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.
October 3, 2010
DragonEyeMorrison
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

A more complicated movie than any of the Dollars Trilogy, this film reflects Leone's style becoming more mature, dark and openly political. It's Leone's final western and his most overlooked film. The running time of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Once Upon A Time In The West and Once Upon A Time In America is one of the things I enjoy about Leone's films. I always felt I was experiencing a "full" movie. However, with A Fistful of Dynamite (Duck, You Sucker) (Gił la testa), I felt a little tightening up in the editing room would've served this film well.

Coburn's introduction is memorable and starts the movie off on the right note, but Rod Steiger's accent is irritating from the first moment. It's as if he was using "Learn To Speak Spanglish In A Week by Speedy Gonzales" for study material. There are some really great moments in the film; some of them my favorite Leone moments such as the fantastic scene at the bridge and the long single-take of executions at the hands of the military in the small town. The flashbacks are a distraction in a film that already seems overly long and drawn out. It's fitting that the film ends with a flashback that feels very off. Overall, still a good film but would recommend putting it behind the list of other Leone films if just discovering the director.

February 18, 2010
DrBenway
El Hombre Invisible

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    1. Juan Miranda: I know what I am talking about when I am talking about the revolutions. The people who read the books go to the people who can't read the books, the poor people, and say, 'We have to have a change.' So, the poor people make the change, ah? And then, the people who read the books, they all sit around the big polished tables, and they talk and talk and talk and eat and eat and eat, eh? But what has happened to the poor people? They're dead! That's your revolution. Shhh... So, please, don't tell me about revolutions! And what happens afterwards? The same fucking thing starts all over again!
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    1. John H. "Sean" Mallory: Duck, you suckers!
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