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

1972

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

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Originally titled Giù 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, You Sucker originally ran 150 minutes, with U.S. release prints heavily trimmed. Taking into consideration the previous "Man With No Name" films masterminded by Leone, the distributors of Duck, You Sucker! reissued the film as A Fistful of Dynamite.

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

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

Sep 4, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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

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

Nov 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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

Nov 18, 2003

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.

Jan 17, 2003 | Full Review…
Observer
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A marvelous sense of detail and spectacular effects -- good fun all the way.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Duck, You Sucker (A Fistful of Dynamite) (Giù la testa)

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

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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

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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.

Reid Volk
Reid Volk

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½

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
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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