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You Can't Win 'Em All (1970)

During the 1922 Turkish Civil War, two Americans and a group of foreign mercenaries offer their services to a local Turkish governor who hires them as guards for a secret transport.

Director:

Peter Collinson

Writer:

Leo Gordon (as Leo V. Gordon)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Adam Dyer
Charles Bronson ... Josh Corey
Michèle Mercier ... Aila (as Michele Mercier)
Patrick Magee ... The General - Ataturk
Fikret Hakan ... Colonel Elci
Grégoire Aslan ... Osman Bey (as Gregoire Aslan)
Leo Gordon ... Bolek
John Alderson John Alderson ... U.S. Army Major
Tony Bonner ... Reese
Horst Janson ... Wollen
John Acheson John Acheson ... Davis
Howard Goorney Howard Goorney
Salih Güney ... Capt. Enver (as Salih Guney)
Yüksel Gözen Yüksel Gözen ... Papadopoulos (as Yuksel Gozen)
Erol Keskin ... (as Erol Koskin)
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Two former U.S. Army soldiers, Adam Dyer and Josh Corey, join a band of Turkish mercenaries in 1922 Turkey. They are hired by Osman Bey, a local governor, to escort his three daughters to Smyran and to protect a gold shipment that is to accompany them. Nobody is aware that Elci, a local colonel, plans to steal the gold for himself, while a rebel general pursues all parties involved. Written by Anonymous

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Nothing to lose but their lives . . . See more »


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Trivia

The film takes place in 1922. See more »

Goofs

When the biplanes strafe the trucks they let out the iconic 'jericho trumpet' sound of a WWII Stuka dive bomber. Also, they should hardly be over-revving anyway in a strafing and bombing role. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: THE AEGEAN SEA 1922 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Vente a ligar al Oeste (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Title Theme
Bert Kaempfert and Herbert Rehbein
Performed by Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra (uncredited)
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Well. You know what they say? It's a short life at best.
18 April 2014 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

You Can't Win 'Em All (AKA: Soldiers of Fortune/The Dubious Patriots) is directed by Peter Collinson and written by Leo Gordon. It stars Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Michele Mercier, Fikret Hakan, Leo Gordon and Salih Guney. Music is by Bert Kaempfert and cinematography by Kenneth Higgins.

1922 and the Greco-Turkish War is coming to a close, and two soldiers of fortune meet and find themselves on a deadly mission that will either make them rich, get them killed or something else entirely…

Marauding machismo under the burning Turkey sun, You Can't Win 'Em All is good on intentions and two fisted action quotas. That the script is poor is a shame, because although it's hardly grade "A" as an actioner, it is a whole bunch of fun and Curtis and Bronson are great company to be in.

Collinson constructs the action in a competent manner as he fills out the plot with gunfire, explosions, barroom brawls, biplane attacks, speeding train, foxy women and a picturesque location. Bronson gets to flex his muscles while Curtis deals out the quips, and the narrative has the two men spun into a world of double crosses, bluffs and dubious motives. Their chemistry is solid, they make for a good buddy-buddy pairing.

Weak on the page for sure, but enough guts, gusto and grins to ensure it's worth spending the time with. 6.5/10


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soldiers of Fortune See more »

Filming Locations:

Said Halim Pasha Manor, Turkey See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures, SRO See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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