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Director:
Writers:
Sergio Leone (story) and
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Release Date:
7 July 1972 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Rod Steiger and James Coburn will blow you apart in "A Fistful of Dynamite" ("Duck You Sucker") by the master of adventure Sergio Leone
Plot:
An I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A typically strong Leone film with added interesting political content See more (125 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rod Steiger ... Juan Miranda

James Coburn ... John H. Mallory

Romolo Valli ... Dr. Villega
Maria Monti ... Adelita, Coach Passenger

Rik Battaglia ... Santerna (as Rick Battaglia)
Franco Graziosi ... Governor Huerta

Antoine Saint-John ... Gutierez / Col. Günther Reza (Italian version) (also as Jean Michel Antoine: English version) (as Domingo Antoine)
Vivienne Chandler ... Coleen, John's Girlfriend

David Warbeck ... Nolan, John's Friend
Giulio Battiferri ... Miguel
Poldo Bendandi ... Executed Revolutionary
Omar Bonaro ... Revolutionary
Roy Bosier ... Landowner on stagecoach
John Frederick ... American on stagecoach
Amato Garbini ... Second Policeman on Train
Michael Harvey ... 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 ... Revolutionary
Memè Perlini ... Peon (as Amelio Perlini)
Renato Pontecchi ... Pepe
Goffredo Pistoni ... Papa Miranda

Jean Rougeul ... Priest On Stagecoach
Corrado Solari ... Sebastian
Benito Stefanelli ... Guard
Franco Tocci ... First Policeman on Train
Rosita Torosh
Antonio Casale ... 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)

Sergio Calderón ... 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)
Luis Morris ... Man who spits at poster (uncredited)

Aldo Sambrell ... Mexican Officer (uncredited)

Conrado San Martín ... Stagecoach driver (uncredited)
Luigi Tripodi ... Revolutionary (uncredited)

Directed by
Sergio Leone 
 
Writing credits
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
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Ruzzolini (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli 
 
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
Tonino Palombi .... construction coordinator
Franco Velchi .... assistant art director
Robert McGinnis .... poster artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Fausto Ancillai .... sound mixer
Michael Billingsley .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Antonio Margheriti .... special effects
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects (uncredited)
Gerry Johnston .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
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
Franco Tocci .... key grip
Claudio Sabatini .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Fausto Zuccoli .... director of photography: train crash (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Luisa Buratti .... key costumer
 
Editorial Department
Gino Bartolini .... assistant editor
Rossana Maiuri .... first assistant editor
Olga Sarra .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Federico Savina .... music editor
Federico Savina .... music recordist
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)
Sergio Tedesco .... voice dubbing: Antonio Casale (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"A Fistful of Dynamite" - Australia (alternative title), Canada (English title) (imdb display title), Europe (English title) (alternative title), International (imdb display title), International (English title) (alternative title), Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title), USA (alternative title)
"Duck, You Sucker" - International (English title) (imdb display title), USA (imdb display title)
"Once Upon a Time... The Revolution" - Europe (English title) (literal title), International (English title) (literal title)
"Once Upon a Time... the Revolution" - , International (imdb display title)
"¡Agáchate, maldito!" - Spain (imdb display title)
"C'era una volta la rivoluzione" - Italy (informal title)
"Sakrij se!" - Croatia (imdb display title), Yugoslavia (Croatian title) (imdb display title)
"Skrij se!" - Slovenia (imdb display title), Yugoslavia (Slovenian title) (imdb display title)
"Κάτω τα κεφάλια" - Greece
"За пригоршню динамита" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"За шепа динамит" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Érase una vez la revolución" - Argentina (alternative title)
"Aguenta-te, Canalha!" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Ducka, skitstövel!" - Sweden
"Duk dig, fjols" - Denmark
"Dukk, din tosk!" - Norway (imdb display title)
"Egy marék dinamit" - Hungary
"En handfull dynamit" - Sweden (TV title)
"För några nävar dynamit" - Sweden (reissue title)
"Garsc dynamitu" - Poland
"Hlavu dolů" - Czechoslovakia
"Huka dej, skitstövel" - Finland (Swedish title)
"Il était une fois la révolution" - Canada (French title)
"Il était une fois... la révolution" - France
"Kapsy plné dynamitu" - Czechoslovakia
"Kato ta kefalia" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Kourallinen dynamiittia" - Finland (DVD title)
"Los Héroes de Mesa Verde" - Mexico (imdb display title)
"Los héroes de Mesa Verde" - Argentina (imdb display title)
"Los héroes de la mesa verde" - Uruguay (original subtitled version)
"Maahan, senkin hölmö!" - Finland
"Quando Explode a Vingança" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Sagni se naivcino" - Serbia (literal English title)
"Sakrij se!" - Yugoslavia (Serbian title) (imdb display title)
"Todesmelodie" - West Germany
"Vrecká plné dynamitu" - Slovakia (imdb display title)
"Yûhi no gyangu tachi" - Japan (imdb display title)
"Yabandan gelen adam" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Za šaku dinamita" - Serbia
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Runtime:
157 min | USA:120 min (initial US release) | USA:138 min | USA:154 min (Laserdisc version)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor) (english version) | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 (cut) | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 | Norway:18 (1972) | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1988) | USA:PG (original rating) (certificate #23218) | USA:R (laserdisc rating) (1996) | West Germany:18 (nf) (original rating) | West Germany:16 (nf) (re-rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Still hot from his Oscar win for In the Heat of the Night (1967), Rod Steiger earned $700,000 for this film.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Use of MG42s, a machine gun developed in Germany three decades after the Mexican revolution.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Villega:I see. You've already judged and condemned me.
[John doesn't answer]
Dr. Villega:That's why you've brought me with you. To kill me. It's easy to judge. Have you ever been tortured? Are you sure you wouldn't talk? I was sure. And yet I talked. Some men died because of me. What should I do? Kill myself? Why? The dead remain dead but me, I have not changed. I still believe in the same things. I can continue to serve the cause!
John H. Mallory:Shut up, Villega! Shut up, for Christ's sake.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Caro diario (1993)See more »

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28 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
A typically strong Leone film with added interesting political content, 6 June 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

John Malloy is an IRA explosives expert, on the run in Mexico. Juan Miranda is a Mexican bandit with no interest in the political upheaval in his country and only a dream of hitting the large bank his father once failed to rob. When the two meet, Juan sees John's explosives as the way into the ban, but John has no interest and it is only when Juan frames him for the murder of some senior soldiers that John relents. Arriving in the town, the bank looks like a simple hit if they can find some way of distracting the masses of soldiers that now control the small town – luckily the revolution is in full swing and rebels are in great demand; but it is not long before Juan's idea of a simple bank robbery sees him up to his neck in a struggle that he has no interest in.

Many reviewers have said how strong the Leone formula is and I won't be able to add much to their words but for me this is a fine film mainly because it takes apart yet another of the cinema myths of the noble revolutionary fighters and has a fascinating thread of political commentary running all the way through it. It doesn't open this way though, rather it starts with Leone's usual brand of wit and confrontation between John and Juan and it all feels like it will be similar (and just as good) to some of Leone's other westerns. However, about an hour in, it becomes more interesting thanks to the rather shocking portrayal of the revolution (on both sides) and the ripping into the ideas behind it. It only adds to the basic plot and, when it becomes the main focus, the film is stronger for it, although Leone's Marxist views may be a little hard to swallow for some viewers in the west. That said, it does still work as a typical Leone western and fans of his will still love this film.

The cast is good but you gotta wonder how those accents would have been mauled if the film had not been as roundly good – certainly Coburn's attempts at an Irish brogue are not the most convincing I've heard. Other than that though he is good in the lead role, coping well with making an IRA character "likeable" without damaging the cynicism and regret that exists within him. His flashback scenes are convincing even if it is not that important to the main thrust of the film. Steiger is less serious at first but develops his character well, despite having to cope with a "road to Damascus" moment as part of it. He is consistently amusing as a character and he does tend to dominate his scenes to good effect. Support is fine but really these two men are the film and they do it very well, coping with the laughs, tension and political commentary equally well.

Overall, a typically strong film from Leone that has all his usual formula touches as well as plenty of commentary of value. The direction and use of music are as good as always and the cast cope well with the demands of the script. Reviewers who have taken this as an attack on John Ford's idea of the revolutionary Irishman are perhaps a little off since the film only confirms Ford's usual pointing out of "printing the myth" but it still has plenty of value and interesting political commentary.

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