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Duck, You Sucker (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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R
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Action & Adventure , Classics , Western
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Cast

Rod Steiger
as Juan Miranda
James Coburn
as John H. Mallory
Romolo Valli
as Dr. Villega
Maria Monti
as Adelita
Rik Battaglia
as Santerna
Mike Harvey
as Yankee
Franco Graziosi
as Governor Jaime
Antoine Domingo
as Guttierrez
Roy Bosier
as Landowner
John Frederick
as American
Nino Casale
as Notary
Jean Rougeul
as Priest
Corrado Solari
as Sebastian
Franco Collace
as Napoleon
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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6)

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

Full Review… | September 4, 2007
New York Times
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The most wry of the political spaghettis, and wholly wonderful.

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

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

November 18, 2003
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.

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Duck, You Sucker (Giù la testa)

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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
Reid Volk

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