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Duck, You Sucker (1971)

Giù la testa (original title)
PG | | Drama, War, Western | 7 July 1972 (USA)
A low-life bandit and an I.R.A. explosives expert rebel against the government and become heroes of the Mexican Revolution.

Director:

Sergio Leone

Writers:

Sergio Leone (story), Sergio Donati (story) | 5 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Steiger ... Juan Miranda
James Coburn ... John H. Mallory
Romolo Valli ... Dr. Villega
Maria Monti Maria Monti ... Adelita, Coach Passenger
Rik Battaglia ... Santerna (as Rick Battaglia)
Franco Graziosi Franco Graziosi ... Governor Huerta
Antoine Saint-John ... Gutierez / Col. Günther Reza (as Domingo Antoine) (as Jean Michel Antoine)
Vivienne Chandler Vivienne Chandler ... Coleen, John's Girlfriend
David Warbeck ... Nolan, John's Friend
Giulio Battiferri Giulio Battiferri ... Miguel
Poldo Bendandi Poldo Bendandi ... Executed Revolutionary
Omar Bonaro Omar Bonaro ... Revolutionary
Roy Bosier Roy Bosier ... Landowner on stagecoach
John Frederick ... American on stagecoach
Amato Garbini Amato Garbini ... First 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

JAMES COBURN - A fast talking, motorcycle riding bomb, with a quick temper and a short fuse, blasts his way across the screen. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

7 July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fistful of Dynamite See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$980
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (initial US release) | (Laserdisc)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo (original Italian prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (english version)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Malcolm McDowell was considered for both John Mallory and Nolan. See more »

Goofs

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, and neither did the World Cup even exist in the first place. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stagecoach driver: [shouts various commands to the horses in Spanish, eventually making theme stop near a water trough]
Juan Miranda: [runs to the stagecoach] Señor! Señor! Señor...
Yankee, Stagecoach Driver: [to the Mexican driver] Tighten up that girth.
Juan Miranda: Señor, I... I must go to San Felipe... my mother is dead!
Yankee, Stagecoach Driver: Straight down the road, about fifty miles.
Juan Miranda: [pats his shoulder, and hands him some money] Please?
Yankee, Stagecoach Driver: [pushes him] Eh, get outta here.
[Juan begins to walk away, crying]
Yankee, Stagecoach Driver: Hey. Hey, amigo. Come here.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The film's title does not appear until the end (similar to Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)), and the film's final shot is a close-up of the main character reflecting on events that he has recently seen (similar to Once Upon a Time in America (1984)). See more »

Alternate Versions

The version of the film called Duck You Sucker ends with Juan saying "What about me?" while the version called A Fistful of Dynamite end with him not saying anything. See more »

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User Reviews

 
100 proof dynamite action film by genre master Leone
9 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee 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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