Duck, You Sucker ()

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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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Juan Miranda
John H. Mallory
Dr. Villega
Maria Monti ...
Adelita, Coach Passenger
Santerna (as Rick Battaglia)
Franco Graziosi ...
Governor Huerta
Gutierez / Col. Günther Reza (as Domingo Antoine, Jean Michel Antoine)
Vivienne Chandler ...
Coleen, John's Girlfriend
Nolan, John's Friend
Giulio Battiferri ...
Poldo Bendandi ...
Executed Revolutionary
Omar Bonaro ...
Roy Bosier ...
Landowner on stagecoach
American on stagecoach
Amato Garbini ...
Second Policeman on Train
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 ...
Memè Perlini ...
Peon (as Amelio Perlini)
Renato Pontecchi ...
Goffredo Pistoni ...
Papa Miranda
Priest On Stagecoach
Benito Stefanelli ...
First Policeman on Train
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)
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)
Man who spits at poster (uncredited)
Mexican Officer (uncredited)
Stagecoach driver (uncredited)
Luigi Tripodi ...
Revolutionary (uncredited)

Directed by

Sergio Leone

Written by

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

Music by

Ennio Morricone

Cinematography by

Giuseppe Ruzzolini ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Nino Baragli

Editorial Department

Gino Bartolini ... assistant editor
Rossana Maiuri ... first assistant editor
Olga Sarra ... assistant editor

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
Antonio Palombi ... construction coordinator (as Tonino Palombi)
Franco Velchi ... assistant art director
Robert McGinnis ... poster artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

Fausto Ancillai ... sound mixer
Michael Billingsley ... sound editor

Special Effects by

Eros Bacciucchi ... pyrotechnics and explosions
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
Massimiliano Terzo ... assistant camera (as Massimiliano)
Franco Tocci ... key grip
Claudio Sabatini ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Fausto Zuccoli ... director of photography: special effects (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Luisa Buratti ... key costumer

Music Department

Ennio Morricone ... conductor
Federico Savina ... music editor / music recordist
Alessandro Alessandroni ... musician: whistle (uncredited)
Edda Dell'Orso ... soloist (uncredited)
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) / voice dubbing: Antonio Casale (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 Rod Steiger and James Coburn will blow you apart in "A Fistful of Dynamite" ("Duck You Sucker") by the master of adventure Sergio Leone See more »
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Also Known As
  • C'era una volta la rivoluzione (Italy)
  • ¡Agáchate, maldito! (Spain)
  • A Fistful of Dynamite (United States)
  • Duck, You Sucker (United States)
  • Duck, You Sucker (World-wide, English title)
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  • 157 min
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Trivia When James Coburn (who had been offered roles in Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)) was offered the role of John Mallory by Leone, he was initially reluctant. He had dinner with Henry Fonda (star of Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)) and asked him what he thought of Leone. Fonda told him that he considered Leone the greatest director he ever worked with. Coburn then took the part (similarly, Fonda himself had been reluctant to take the part Leone offered him, but was persuaded by his friend, Eli Wallach). See more »
Goofs A close-on shot of one of the convoy's trucks as it rolls through mud shows a modern pneumatic tire and wheel. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Spaghetti Western Trailer Show (2007). See more »
Crazy Credits A quote from Chairman Mao regarding the nature of revolutions was removed from original English prints out of fear that audiences would misinterpret the quote's use as an endorsement of communist revolution. The quote was later put back into uncut prints. See more »
Quotes John H. Mallory: [to Juan, who is lying on a map] It's your country you're lyin' all over, there!
Juan Miranda: [drowsily] Hm-hm. Not my country. My country's... me and my family.
John H. Mallory: Well, your country's also Huerta, the governor, the landlords... Gutierrez and his locusts... this little revolution we're having here.
Juan Miranda: [alert] A revolution? "Little revolution"? Please, don't try to tell me about revolution! I know all about the revolutions and how they start! The people that read the books, they go to the people that don't read the books, and say "Ho-ho! The time has come to have a change, eh?"
John H. Mallory: Shhhh...
Juan Miranda: [mimicking John] Sh, sh, sh, sh, sh, SHIT, SHUSH! I know what I am talking about when I am talking about revolutions! The people who read the books go to the people who can't read the books, the poor people, and say, "We have to have a change." So, the poor people make the change, ah? And then, the people who read the books, they all sit around the big polished tables, and they talk and talk and talk and eat and eat and eat, eh? But what has happened to the poor people? THEY ARE DEAD! That's your revolution! Sh... so, please... don't tell me about revolutions. And what happens afterwards? The same *fucking* thing starts all over again!
John H. Mallory: [exhales] Whew. Hmmm.
[throws a book he was reading into the mud: Mikhael A. Bakunin, The Patriotism]
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