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A Fistful of Dynamite (1972)



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Filmmaker Sergio Leone takes a poke at spaghetti westerns, a genre he pioneered and popularized, in this outing set during the Mexican revolution. 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. The score was written by Ennio Morricone. The film is also called Duck, You Sucker.more
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


Rod Steiger
as Juan Miranda
James Coburn
as John H. "Sean" Mallo...
Romolo Valli
as Dr. Villego
Maria Monti
as Adolita
Rik Battaglia
as Santerna
Antoine Domingo
as Guttierrez
Roy Bosier
as Landowner
Corrado Solari
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

A minor classic that sadly pales in comparison with those other superior films made by Leone, but still it is a great Western about friendship in a political revolution and has an enchanting melancholy score by Ennio Morricone and mesmerizing performances.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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

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