Duck, You Sucker (1971)
"Giù la testa" (original title)

PG  |   |  Western  |  20 October 1971 (Italy)
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An I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Romolo Valli ...
Dr. Villega
Maria Monti ...
Adelita, woman in stagecoach
Rik Battaglia ...
Santerna (as Rick Battaglia)
Franco Graziosi ...
Governor Jaime
Antoine Saint-John ...
Gutierez / Col. Günther Reza (as Domingo Antoine) (as Jean Michel Antoine)
Vivienne Maya ...
Coleen, John's Girlfriend - Flashback (as Vivienne Chandler)
David Warbeck ...
Nolan, John's Friend - Flashback
Giulio Battiferri ...
Poldo Bendandi ...
Executed Revolutionary
Omar Bonaro ...
Roy Bosier ...
Landowner on stagecoach
John Frederick ...
American on stagecoach
Amato Garbini ...
Second Policeman on Train


In Mexico at the time of the Revolution, Juan, the leader of a bandit family, meets John Mallory, an IRA explosives expert on the run from the British. Seeing John's skill with explosives, Juan decides to persuade him to join the bandits in a raid on the great bank of Mesa Verde. John in the meantime has made contact with the revolutionaries, and intends to use his dynamite in their service. Written by Anonymous

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Rod Steiger and James Coburn will blow you apart in "A Fistful of Dynamite" ("Duck You Sucker") by the master of adventure Sergio Leone




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Release Date:

20 October 1971 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

A Fistful of Dynamite  »

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SEK 613,387 (Sweden)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The chanting of "Shon shon shon" in Ennio Morricone's soundtrack were the suggestion of Carla Leone who thought it would sound better than the original "Wah wah wah" chants. Contrary to popular belief Morricone himself has said in interviews the chants do not represent the names of characters but are just part of the soundscape like the chants in all the other Sergio Leone westerns. See more »


During the executions in the rain, when Mallory sees Villega identifying rebels, the speed of the windshield wipers changes. In one wide angle shot, the Col is shown manually moving the blades at a relatively slow rate. In other shots, the blades are moving much faster and with less jerkiness than when seen with the manual movement. See more »


[one of Juan's sons has just fired a pistol into the air]
Juan Miranda: How many times have I told you, Chulo? No shooting unless papa pulls the trigger!
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Uncut English-language prints of the film use 'Duck You Sucker' as its title, while edited reissues use 'A Fistful of Dynamite', with 'Duck, You Sucker' in smaller print and in parenthesis underneath. See more »


Referenced in An Opera of Violence (2003) See more »

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Another Sergio Leone masterpiece... Duck You Sucker!!!
29 July 2004 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews


I think this is Sergio Leone's third greatest movie... right after Once Upon a Time in the West and The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Most Leone fans rank this film a lot lower... but I think that's because they are only familiar with the shortened two hour version. Also, for the record, I absolutely loathe the re-titling... A Fistful of Dynamite... how lame! At least the original Leone title, Duck You Sucker was... distinctive. Even the French title (translation: Once Upon a Time... The Revolution) is kinda classy. But AFOD??? Gimme a break! This movie has absolutely nothing to do with A Fistful of Dollars so why even try to make the comparison?

Anyway, I loved this movie when I first saw it in the theatre in 1972 (age 12). I am pretty sure that what we saw at the time was the lengthy, uncut version... and I don't remember being bored at all. (The most common complaint about this movie is that it is slow and boring... heck, that's the most common complaint about EVERY Leone movie.) Rod Steiger and James Coburn play Sean and Juan, respectively a poor Mexican bandit and a fugitive Irish terrorist... who meet up in Mexico and become involved (against their wills) with revolutionary warfare in that struggling country. The movie is exciting, funny, dramatic, suspenseful and, well, just plain brilliant. This is Ennio Morricone's greatest film score and the way it meshes with Leone's visuals is simply amazing... particularly in my favourite scene... the bank heist. Juan and his young sons break into the Bank of Mexico, shoot it out with the guards and go from door to door, searching for gold and finding only political prisoners, until finally... oh, I can't give it away! See it for yourself. This is a movie filled with classic scenes: Coburn's arrival on the "motorsickle" and his confrontation with Steiger's gang... Steiger and Coburn with their machine guns... Steiger's final act of vengeance (which is severely chopped to bits in the short version... robbing it of its vicious power). Its been said that Steiger's comical accent is stereotypical and insulting... but I say NO! He is playing one of the richest and most complex characters of his career... with some of his greatest speeches ("And what happens to the poor people? They are DEAD!"). Not to slight James Coburn, who also does a fantastic job, but Steiger is the star of this one.

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