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Duck, You Sucker (1971)

Giù la testa (original title)
PG | | Western | 7 July 1972 (USA)
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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Romolo Valli ...
Maria Monti ...
Adelita, Coach Passenger
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Santerna (as Rick Battaglia)
Franco Graziosi ...
Governor Huerta
Antoine Saint-John ...
Gutierez / Col. Günther Reza (as Domingo Antoine) (as Jean Michel Antoine)
Vivienne Maya ...
Coleen, John's Girlfriend (as Vivienne Chandler)
David Warbeck ...
Nolan, John's Friend
Giulio Battiferri ...
Miguel
Poldo Bendandi ...
Executed Revolutionary
Omar Bonaro ...
Revolutionary
Roy Bosier ...
Landowner on stagecoach
John Frederick ...
American on stagecoach
Amato Garbini ...
Second Policeman on Train
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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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Trivia

The role of John Mallory was written for Jason Robards, who had played Cheyenne in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)_. However, the studio wanted a bigger name for his character. See more »

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The newspaper that John Mallory is given in the "surgical operation" scene reads in the right column "Y el mundial lo ganó Pelé...que es el rey.. balón", which would be translated as "And the Soccer World Cup was won by Pelé...who is the king... soccer ball". Famous soccer player Pelé was not even born in the 1910's. See more »

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[alternate opening title card]: A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; It cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows the other. -MAO TSE TUNG
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A relatively small number of major and supporting cast members are credited at the beginning of the film. Other actors from the film are credited at the end in alphabetical order, without stating the roles that they played. See more »

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Probably the best unknown movie ever made.
20 July 1999 | by (Birmingham, Alabama) – See all my reviews

Here is a tragedy -- a great film doomed by a terrible title.

I saw this movie as "Duck, You Sucker" in the theater in 1972 or '73. I still have images and haunting music burned in my brain from it. It has, for one thing, one of the biggest real explosions ever filmed, an absolutely awesome blast using real high explosives that makes today's fiery spectacles pale. I think the whole production company was stunned by it, certainly Sergio Leone was, because he gives it the full treatment: multiple cameras and angles, wide shots, lots of screen time giving us lots of looks. And it's worth it. If you're not a war veteran, you've never seen anything like this.

But this film is much more than its fx. It's a deep, moving story told on the grand scale, with Oscar-class cinematography. It is both a major outdoor adventure and a small, intimate story. It has some of the quirkiest scenes, blackest humor and darkest betrayals, too.

Don't look for it on TV, unless Turner Classic Movies shows it "uncut." It was horribly mutilated in editing for television, and therefore unpopular and rarely shown. Get the original theatrical version, and watch it undisturbed. A party atmosphere would ruin it for you.

It's on my top-20 all time list!


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