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Duck You Sucker (1971)

Giù la testa (original title)
PG | | Drama, War, Western | 7 July 1972 (USA)
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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

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Taglines:

A Fistful of Dollars - For a Few Dollars More - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - and now SERGIO LEONE explodes his greatest adventure See more »

Genres:

Drama | War | Western

Certificate:

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Trivia

The book that John is reading in the scene with Juan, who has a disagreement with him about the meaning of revolution, is entitled "Patriot" and is written by Mikhail Bakunin, a real-life Russian revolutionary anarchist. See more »

Goofs

When Juan's youngest son is shown lying dead, the actor can be seen breathing. 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 new 5.1 remix of the soundtrack on the restored Region 2 Special Edition release uses incorrect music cues for several scenes including the restored long flashback scene at the end, and edits out two expletives, one is uttered by Juan while talking to himself before attacking the bridge, the other spoken by John on the train. Both of these are intact in all other restored versions. The title of the restored version is now "Duck You Sucker" while the title on the cover remains "A Fistful of Dynamite". See more »

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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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo (original Italian prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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