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Once Upon a Time in the Revolution (1971)
"Giù la testa" (original title)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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)
Giulio Battiferri ...
Miguel
Poldo Bendandi ...
Executed Revolutionary
Omar Bonaro ...
Adelita's Husband
Roy Bosier ...
Landowner on stagecoach
John Frederick ...
American on stagecoach
Amato Garbini
Michael Harvey ...
Yankee
Biagio La Rocca ...
Benito
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Storyline

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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Adventure | Western

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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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Rod Steiger demanded that his scenes be filmed with natural sound if possible. This was virtually unheard of in Italian cinema and led to much tension between Steiger and the crew. See more »

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Although the action takes place circa 1914, when Mallory's possessions are rifled by Miranda's family, a flag with the legend "IRA" is pulled out. The IRA was not formed until 1919. See more »

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Dr. Villega: Not *everybody* can fight. There are those who must organize, coordinate.
Sean Mallory: Yes, yes. Of course!
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100 proof dynamite action film by genre master Leone
9 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Excellent action film with Steiger over-the-top but Coburn right on the money as bandit/revolutionaries in Mexico. More gunfire and explosions and less balmy confrontations than in other Leone pics. I'm stuck on a second viewing by how much of a "70s" film this is, and how much real cinematic value and interesting ideas Leone has put into the film despite its basic action-film plotline. Rumors say Malcolm MacDowell was the original lead -- very intriguing possibility. The look on Steiger's face after he finds out he's risked his life to rescue a bunch of dirty prisoners is priceless.


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