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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:
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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
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
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)
Country:
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:
Despite the politically charged setting, the film was not intended as a political film: Sergio Leone himself said that the Mexican Revolution in the film is meant only as a symbol, not as a representation of the real one, and that it was chosen because of its fame and its relationship with cinema, and he contends that the real theme of the film is friendship:

"I chose to oppose an intellectual, who has experienced a revolution in Ireland, with a naïve Mexican... you have two men: one naïve and one intellectual (self-centred as intellectuals too often are in the face of the naïve). From there, the film becomes the story of Pygmalion reversed. The simple one teaches the intellectual a lesson. Nature gains an upper hand and finally the intellectual throws away his book of Bakunin's writings. You suspect damn well that this gesture is a symbolic reference to everything my generation has been told in the way of promises. We have waited, but we still are waiting! I have the film say, in effect "Revolution means confusion"".See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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.See more »
Quotes:
John H. Mallory:Where there's revolution there's confusion, and when there's confusion, a man who knows what he wants stands a good chance of getting it.See more »
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32 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Just saw the restored print, 28 November 2003
Author: Chung Mo from NYC

It's a shame that most people will not get to see this film on the big screen. The new print makes the film look like it was shot recently. The sound has been re- mastered also and is 90% perfect. A few of the restored scenes help the film along although they add to the already long running time. It is slightly different from the LaserDIsc version that came out a few years ago especially the end scene. However, one friend (a film reviewer) told me that it's the same version that he saw when it came out in 1972 for two weeks before it was pulled, re-titled and cut.

I have to say that this film is one of Leone's best and I now rate it above "Once Upon a Time in America". It's not an easy film and there are a few "flaws" but in a strange way it is the most human film Leone made. Coburn and Steiger both come off as real people despite the occasional lapse in accents. It's amazing how much time Leone gave to searing close-ups of the two actors and how they were able to convey so much of the story in silence. The story is very subtle and very unsubtle at the same time which can make following the film hard if you are expecting the "hello stupid" storytelling we get these days. Leone did the same thing in "Once upon a Time in the West" and "America". There's a storytelling genius here that's all the more amazing if you consider that Leone was operating out of his native language.

What makes this film stand out is the outright message Leone conveys with the story. He didn't do that with any of his other films.

A few words on the restored scenes. As with other Leone films that have undergone editing by American distributors, the removed scenes are a mixed bag. Some scenes were removed for length purposes, others for content reasons and some I suspect were removed because they were perceived as not up to the quality of the rest of the film. This was certainly the case for "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly". In "Duck, You Sucker", the restored opening helps the film's message which is probably not what the American censors though it was. The stagecoach robbery rape scene, which in the American version was edited in a way to suggest that Juan is really a gentleman thief not a rapist, is problematic unless you read it as a political comment and even then it's tough to take. The churchyard sequence, which is completely absent in the American version, is one of Leone's clumsiest scenes and it's absence didn't really affect the film. Some of it is out of focus! The ending sequence was apparently reedited by Leone after the opening in Europe and exists in several different versions over there! The version we see here is very, very long but illuminates the main characters motivations better then the American version.

Hopefully this limited re-release signals the soon arrival of a DVD version.

Update, July 2007: Finally, the DVD has been released. After watching the restored, restored version I have to add that the film really holds up. This version is identical to the screened version except for one minor, yet important difference at the very end. A crucial line from the American version has been restored.

The extras deserve some mention. First of all they all have a copyright of 2005 which indicates that the release of this DVD was delayed for some reason. The interviews are very interesting but each extra is heavily inter-cut with scenes from the film, the clips are frequently unrelated to the topic and often the same clips are repeated in each extra! You get to see James Coburn running in a field in Ireland over and over. One extra tracks the different versions that exist of this film, shows stills from scenes that Leone cut before the premier in Italy (the negatives of these particular scenes have apparently been destroyed) and leads into a rumination on the Sean/John confusion. The writer of this extra then comes to the conclusion that "Sean" isn't the James Coburn character! I don't agree at all but it's a useful extra.

A DVD to own.

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