Duck You Sucker - A Fistful Of Dynamite

MGM Released 1971


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Sergio Leone
Duck You Sucker - A Fistful Of Dynamite is the cult 1971 war comedy from Spaghetti Western master Sergio Leone (A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly) and featuring one of the genre's favorite buddy duos. John H. Mallory (James Coburn, The Magnificent Seven) is an old Irish revolutionary bomb expert traveling in Mexico in the Mexican Revolution era of Zapata and Pancho Villa. John is motorcycling on a road in a barren part of Mexico when he encounters Juan (Rod Steiger, In the Heat of the Night) and his family who try to rob him. John counters Juan's guns with his explosives, starting is a comical string of Juan's attempts to capture John, who he wants to use to aid him in robbing a bank he had dreamt of robbing since he saw it as a child. The two become embroiled in the Mexican Revolution, to the dismay of Juan who sees the futility in revolutions because his experience is that a successful revolution just results in one set of rulers replacing the other, with the peasants suffering continuing under the new regime.moreless

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  • 88

    Premiere Aaron Hillis

    At its most simplified, Sucker punches its way to the top of the Italian-western mountains, but never reaches the peak of its immortalized trilogy brethren.

  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The resultant mix of dreaminess, violence and politics is a bit unwieldy, but it sticks to your ribs. You'll savor pieces of Duck, You Sucker in your head much later: the mark of a...

  • 60

    TV Guide Magazine

    Well-plotted action, but as in most of Leone's films scenes seem to have been deleted from the American prints.

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    • The original working title for this film was Once upon a Time, the Revolution. Although this title was later used in some countries, Sergio Leone was convinced by his partners to change the Italian title to Giu la Testa, which means "Keep Your Head Down". Leone assumed that the Italian phrase translated best as Duck You Sucker for the North American market. After the film's disappointing initial release in America, the film's title was changed to A Fistful of Dynamite, as the film was called in England--an obviousreference to Leone's earlier films.


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