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
The longest available version of Duck, You Sucker is 157 minutes long, but as Sergio Leone confirmed in an interview, his original cut was about 40 minutes longer, and it was even test screened to audience before he made cuts on it. He also said that most of the cuts were made in first half of the film. There were rumors and actually very detailed reports from many people who claimed that longer version of the film was shown in parts of Europe. Some of the more well known and confirmed deleted scenes from the film which Leone also mentioned in same interview include the following;
Early in the film when Juan and his children first meet John, Juan's children completely dismantle his motorcycle, and Juan gets mad at them and tells them to reassemble it.
The most famous deleted scene from the film and one which was shown on many lobby cards and stills for the film took place after the scene where John destroys Juan's coach, and before night scene where Juan tricks John into blowing up the church. In this deleted scene Juan and others take his guns and force him to walk through the desert without water. At one point John finds some puddle of water but as he goes down to drink one of Juan's children pisses in it. This scene was very similar to the scene in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) where Tuco forces Blondie to walk through the desert, and it would also explain John's look in the scene in film where he wakes up in old church and takes the bottle of water like he hasn't been drinking for long time, and why he is angry and tries to kill Juan and his kids by blowing them up in church.
After the bridge explosion scene, there was a big part of the film that was cut out and slightly re-edited. Originally after that scene, Juan and John reunite with his bandits in the cave where none of them talks but their faces show what they're thinking. In the same scene there was another flashback with John remembering his time in Ireland (actress who played John's girlfriend also mentioned in one interview how additional flashback scene didn't made it into the final film), and in anger, he throws bottle on gramophone which breaks the record it was playing, but he apologizes saying he didn't do it on purpose. The others say how their feet are hurting and John responds by saying that they'll keep hurting and that they have to get to Mexico City as soon as possible.
Another deleted scene from this part of the film had Villega visiting some sick man in rebel safe house when he gets arrested by Colonel Reza's soldiers, who take him to Reza who then tortures Villega in what was said to be very violent scene. While this is going on, John and Juan go to the same man Villega was visiting when he got arrested where they find out what happened and Juan goes back to caves to warn others, while John goes to try and find Villega. This is originally where the scene where John sees Villega in the truck with Reza when his soldiers kill other revolutionaries took place, and right after that one next scene was him going back to the caves where he and Juan find all the other revolutionaries and his children dead. This is another deleted scene that was also shown on lobby cards and stills. See more »
When the deserter is taken from the train to be executed along with two others the wall behind him is shot at and damaged on both sides of the deserter. The following close-up shot of the deserter getting shot in the back reveals no damage to the wall. See more »
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 »
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 »
A Fistful of Dynamite is often seen as the black sheep of Sergio Leone's commercial releases; and there's a good reason for that, as despite the fact that it's still a spaghetti western; it's a completely different kettle of fish to both the Dollars Trilogy and Once Upon a Time in the West. A Fistful of Dollars features common western themes such as bandits, guns and bank robberies - but, as he did with The Good, The Bad and The Ugly; Sergio Leone has implanted war themes into the plot, and we've also got the bizarre idea of one of the major characters being an IRA bomber! All this stuff doesn't quite come together cleanly, and as the tone of the movie changes often; it seems obvious that Leone has bitten off a bit more than he can chew...but luckily enough, A Fistful of Dynamite remains a fun movie for most of its duration. The plot follows a bandit named Juan, who bumps into a dynamite-laded bomber one day in the desert. Spotting an opportunity for robbery, he manages to recruit the IRA man to his cause; but he doesn't count on being dragged into the revolution that's going on at the same time.
The first half of the movie features some very astute elements of tongue-in-cheek humour, and it seems obvious that the director isn't intending the plot to be completely serious. However, at around the halfway point; the movie turns in completely the opposite direction, and the fun and silly first half gives way to a more deep and serious finale. For me, this is the movie's main problem; I like a movie that's unpredictable, but this change in plot feels disjointed and doesn't go down well. The second half of the film isn't as enjoyable to watch either, which harms the fun. However, Sergio Leone's direction is as impressive as ever, with some lovely wide angle shots capturing the beautiful landscapes; while, of course, Leone enjoys giving full focus to his actors for some extreme close-ups. Like the movie, the cast is a mixed bag. James Coburn looks the part, but his silly put-on accent makes him feel like he's having a laugh at times; and similarly, Rod Steiger dons an arguably even sillier accent and doesn't quite get away with it. Overall, A Fistful of Dynamite is not a film to please all viewers. I found it to be enjoyable despite many niggles, but I can understand why a lot of people disagree.
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