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7 July 1972 (USA) See more »
Rod Steiger and James Coburn will blow you apart in "A Fistful of Dynamite" ("Duck You Sucker") by the master of adventure Sergio Leone
An I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rod Steiger ... Juan Miranda

James Coburn ... John H. Mallory

Romolo Valli ... Dr. Villega
Maria Monti ... Adelita, Coach Passenger

Rik Battaglia ... Santerna (as Rick Battaglia)
Franco Graziosi ... Governor Huerta

Antoine Saint-John ... Gutierez / Col. Günther Reza (Italian version) (also as Jean Michel Antoine: English version) (as Domingo Antoine)
Vivienne Chandler ... Coleen, John's Girlfriend

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
Michael Harvey ... Yankee, Stagecoach Driver
Biagio La Rocca ... Benito Miranda
Furio Meniconi ... Executed Revolutionary
Nazzareno Natale ... Member of Juan's Family Blown Up by Dynamite
Vincenzo Norvese ... Pancho Miranda
Stefano Oppedisano ... Revolutionary
Memè Perlini ... Peon (as Amelio Perlini)
Renato Pontecchi ... Pepe
Goffredo Pistoni ... Papa Miranda

Jean Rougeul ... Priest On Stagecoach
Corrado Solari ... Sebastian
Benito Stefanelli ... Guard
Franco Tocci ... First Policeman on Train
Rosita Torosh
Antonio Casale ... Notary on Stagecoach (as Anthony Vernon)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edmondo Tieghi ... Member of firing squad
Florencio Amarilla ... Revolutionary (uncredited)
Manuel Bermudez ... Mexican with Dynamite (uncredited)

Sergio Calderón ... Revolutionary (uncredited)
Saturno Cerra ... Mesa Verde Bank Prisoner (uncredited)
Franco Collace ... Napoleon Miranda (uncredited)
Simon van Collem ... Conductor (uncredited)
Alberigo Donadeo ... Santerna Man (uncredited)
Paolo Figlia ... Soldier in Mesa Verde Bank (uncredited)
Romano Milani ... Mesa Verde Bank Prisoner (uncredited)
Fabrizio Moresco ... One of Juan's Sons (uncredited)
Luis Morris ... Man who spits at poster (uncredited)

Aldo Sambrell ... Mexican Officer (uncredited)

Conrado San Martín ... Stagecoach driver (uncredited)
Luigi Tripodi ... Revolutionary (uncredited)

Directed by
Sergio Leone 
Writing credits
Sergio Leone (story) and
Sergio Donati (story)

Luciano Vincenzoni (screenplay) &
Sergio Donati (screenplay) &
Sergio Leone (screenplay)

Roberto De Leonardis (dialogue adaptation) &
Carlo Tritto (dialogue adaptation)

Produced by
Claudio Mancini .... associate producer
Fulvio Morsella .... producer
Ugo Tucci .... associate producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Ruzzolini (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli 
Art Direction by
Andrea Crisanti 
Set Decoration by
Dario Micheli 
Costume Design by
Franco Carretti 
Makeup Department
Paolo Borselli .... hair stylist (as Paolo Borzelli)
Amato Garbini .... makeup artist
Production Management
Claudio Mancini .... production supervisor
Camillo Teti .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Brandt .... assistant director
Alberto De Martino .... second unit director (as Martin Herbert)
Giancarlo Santi .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Giovanni Corridori .... construction coordinator
Ezio Di Monte .... assistant art director
Tonino Palombi .... construction coordinator
Franco Velchi .... assistant art director
Robert McGinnis .... poster artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Fausto Ancillai .... sound mixer
Michael Billingsley .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Antonio Margheriti .... special effects
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects (uncredited)
Gerry Johnston .... special effects (uncredited)
Benito Stefanelli .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Franco Delli Colli .... director of photography: second unit
Roberto Forges Davanzati .... assistant camera
Massimo Massimi .... gaffer
Angelo Novi .... still photographer
Alessandro Ruzzolini .... assistant camera
Idelmo Simonelli .... camera operator
Franco Tocci .... key grip
Claudio Sabatini .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Fausto Zuccoli .... director of photography: train crash (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Luisa Buratti .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Gino Bartolini .... assistant editor
Rossana Maiuri .... first assistant editor
Olga Sarra .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Federico Savina .... music editor
Federico Savina .... music recordist
Ennio Morricone .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Serena Canevari .... script supervisor
Raffaello Forti .... production accountant
Vasco Mafera .... production secretary
Giuseppe Rinaldi .... dubbing director
Benito Stefanelli .... master of arms
Gianfranco Bellini .... voice dubbing: Roy Bosier (uncredited)
Luciano De Ambrosis .... voice dubbing: John Frederick (uncredited)
Arturo Dominici .... voice dubbing: Amato Garbini (uncredited)
Michele Gammino .... voice dubbing: Franco Tocci (uncredited)
Pino Locchi .... voice dubbing: Rik Battaglia (uncredited)
Anna Miserocchi .... voice dubbing: Maria Monti (uncredited)
Bruno Persa .... voice dubbing: Jean Rougeul (uncredited)
Mario Pisu .... voice dubbing: Nazzareno Natale (uncredited)
Cesare Polacco .... voice dubbing: Michael Harvey (uncredited)
Giuseppe Rinaldi .... voice dubbing: James Coburn (uncredited)
Carlo Romano .... voice dubbing: Rod Steiger (uncredited)
Deddi Savagnone .... voice dubbing: Renato Pontecchi (uncredited)
Sergio Tedesco .... voice dubbing: Antoine Saint-John (uncredited)
Sergio Tedesco .... voice dubbing: Antonio Casale (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"Giù la testa" - Italy (original title)
"A Fistful of Dynamite" - Australia (alternative title), Canada (English title) (imdb display title), Europe (English title) (alternative title), International (imdb display title), International (English title) (alternative title), Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title), USA (alternative title)
"Once Upon a Time... The Revolution" - Europe (English title) (literal title), International (English title) (literal title)
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157 min | USA:120 min (initial US release) | USA:138 min | USA:154 min (Laserdisc version)
Color (Technicolor) (english version) | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 (cut) | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 | Norway:18 (1972) | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1988) | USA:PG (original rating) (certificate #23218) | USA:R (laserdisc rating) (1996) | West Germany:18 (nf) (original rating) | West Germany:16 (nf) (re-rating)

Did You Know?

Still hot from his Oscar win for In the Heat of the Night (1967), Rod Steiger earned $700,000 for this film.See more »
Anachronisms: Use of MG42s, a machine gun developed in Germany three decades after the Mexican revolution.See more »
Dr. Villega:I see. You've already judged and condemned me.
[John doesn't answer]
Dr. Villega:That's why you've brought me with you. To kill me. It's easy to judge. Have you ever been tortured? Are you sure you wouldn't talk? I was sure. And yet I talked. Some men died because of me. What should I do? Kill myself? Why? The dead remain dead but me, I have not changed. I still believe in the same things. I can continue to serve the cause!
John H. Mallory:Shut up, Villega! Shut up, for Christ's sake.
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95 out of 112 people found the following review useful.
Leone's most underrated film,a rich masterpiece which gets better and better with each viewing, 23 April 2005
Author: DrLenera

It's generally thought that this film is Leone's weakest major film,and it is far less well known than the Dollars trilogy and the two Once Upon a Times. In actual fact,this is a masterpiece that deserves to be far better known and regarded than it actually is. It sees Leone attempting new things such as character development and political comment,while refining elements from his earlier films. It's really the bridge between Once Upon A Time In The West and Once Upon A Time In America,and it contains a great many elements of both films {which let's face it,despite both being Leone films are quite different}.

It starts in humorous vein,right from the opening sequence of the dirty,very poor Rod Steiger character Juan being taunted by some rich folk aboard a lavish carriage,the camera showing lots of close ups of mouths and eyes in what almost seems a parody of Leone's style. Juan is much like Tuco in The Good the Bad And The Ugly,loud,simple and very funny {he's even often accompanied by comical music }.Juan's first encounters with the other main protagonist,IRA man Sean {James Coburn} are treated like comical duels,and as they go to rob a bank it seems the picaresque tone will continue.

However,about a third of the way through the film becomes more and more serious. As Juan,thanks to Sean,becomes more and more involved in the Mexican Revolution,the tone becomes darker as more and more scenes take place at night and there is serious tragedy. The change in tone may jar to some people,but one can see the mature,contemplative Leone of Once Upon A Time In America reveal himself before our eyes.

Of course there are still some great action scenes,such as the taking of a bank which is superbly cut to Ennio Morricone's music {listen for the cheeky quotes from Mozart!},or Sean and Juan machine-gunning what seems like a whole army. There is as usual a great deal of violence,but it's less personal and graphic and instead is shown to have more consequence. The film's plot does move rather slowly,with Leone taking his time as usual,but this mean we can more enjoy the mannered Steiger and the laid back Coburn as one of the greatest partnerships in cinema history.

Of particular interest are the several flashbacks dotted throughout the movie,shot in dreamlike slow motion and usually set to what is quite simply one of the most beautiful film themes EVER {Morricone excels himself with the score for this film}. Representing Sean's past,they ask as many questions as they answer,Leone trusting his audience to work things out. The final one is missing from many versions of this film,a tragedy because as well as being sublimely beautiful {and ambiguous,is it Sean's memory?,a marijuana-enhanced hallucination?,a vision of Heaven?} it adds yet another element to the story.

A Fistful Of Dynamite {well,the French Once Upon A Time..The Revolution is the films' best title}is a masterpiece,it's extremely entertaining whilst also being full of complexity. Things become clearer and more interesting on second and third viewings. Don't expect the operatic ritualism of Once Upon in The West or the comic crowd pleasing of the Dollars films,but if you watch this you will be watching a cinematic master at the height of his powers.

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