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Duck, You Sucker!
     

Duck, You Sucker!

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Director: Sergio Leone

Cast: Rod Steiger, James Coburn, Romolo Valli

 

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Originally titled Giù la Testa, Duck, You Sucker! is a Mexican-revolution yarn, filmed in Italy by spaghetti Western maven Sergio Leone. James Coburn is top-billed as John H. Mallory, an Irish soldier of fortune with a penchant for explosives. Rod Steiger plays Juan Miranda, another mercenary who wants to utilize Mallory's specialty to blast into a bank.

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Originally titled Giù la Testa, Duck, You Sucker! is a Mexican-revolution yarn, filmed in Italy by spaghetti Western maven Sergio Leone. James Coburn is top-billed as John H. Mallory, an Irish soldier of fortune with a penchant for explosives. Rod Steiger plays Juan Miranda, another mercenary who wants to utilize Mallory's specialty to blast into a bank. Despite his avaricious intentions, Miranda becomes a hero when the hole he blows in the bank wall frees dozens of political prisoners. Duck, You Sucker originally ran 150 minutes, with U.S. release prints heavily trimmed. Taking into consideration the previous "Man With No Name" films masterminded by Leone, the distributors of Duck, You Sucker! reissued the film as A Fistful of Dynamite.

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In its uncut version, Sergio Leone's final foray into Western territory opens with a quote from Mao -- flashed a few words at a time, à la Godard -- establishing its political nature immediately. Though not the first to see the spaghetti Western's potential for political commentary, Leone predictably claims the burgeoning (since the 1968 uprisings) genre variation as his own. A fantastic opening pitting Rod Steiger's earthy bandito against a stagecoach filled with rich bigots begins the film on a fantastic note that Leone has difficulty sustaining. But what the film loses in momentum, it gains in complexity. Pairing Steiger's character with James Coburn's nearly disillusioned Irish revolutionary expands the scope of the film in ways other than the geographical. While other political spaghetti Westerns simply pitted the haves against the have-nots, Duck, You Sucker! (named after a "popular" American catchphrase known only to Leone), attempts to portray the full scope of revolution. That the director includes chilling scenes of wholesale massacre on the part of the ruling class would seem to betray his sympathies, but he also portrays the impact of revolutionary activity on those who rebel. Mao's words about revolution being an act of violence take on new meaning in light of the losses incurred by the two heroes over the course of the film. Does Leone endorse the statement, reject it, or simply view it as an inevitability? Whatever the case, the debate is housed in a film unmistakable for the work of any other director -- one that's larger than life but still quite affecting and contains inimitable suspense sequences. Though it includes too many awkwardly paced passages to qualify as anyone's favorite Leone film, the film's disastrous financial performance in America granted it an undeserved obscurity. The strange (even by his own standards) score by Ennio Morricone alone makes it worth seeking out.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2007
UPC:
0027616077356
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:37:00

Special Features

Disc 1: Feature; Restored and remastered 157-minute version not shown originally in U.S. theaters; Audio commentary by noted film historian Sir Christopher Frayling; Disc 2: Special Features; Sergio Donati remembers Duck, You Sucker featurette; The Myth of Revolution: Sir Christopher Frayling discusses Leone's political leanings, his maturing method and his style; Once Upon a Time In Italy (Aka: The Autry Exhibition): A behind-the-scenes look at putting together and exhibit on Leone Sorting Out the Versions featurette; Restoration Italian Style: John Kirk discusses restoring the origianl Italian version for the first DVD release; Location comparisons then to now: film clips intercut with current footage of the locations used; 6 radio spots; Origianl theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rod Steiger Juan Miranda
James Coburn John H. "Sean" Mallory
Romolo Valli Dr. Villego
Jean Michel Antoine Actor
Maria Monti Adolita
Rik Battaglia Santerna
Franco Collace Napoleon
Renato Pontecchi Pepe
Franco Graziosi Governor
David Warbeck Actor
Poldo Bendandi Actor
Amato Garbini Actor
Mike Harvey Yankee
Furio Meniconi Actor
Benito Stefanelli Actor
Stefano Oppedisano Actor
Antoine Domingo Guttierrez
Goffredo Pistoni Nino
Roy Bosier Landowner
John Frederick American
Nino Casale Notary
Jean Rougeul Priest
Vincenzo Norvese Pancho
Corrado Solari Sebastian
Biacio La Rocca Benito
Ennio Morricone Conductor

Technical Credits
Sergio Leone Director,Screenwriter
Nino Baragli Editor
Franco Carretti Costumes/Costume Designer
Giovanni Corridori Special Effects
Andrea Crisanti Art Director
Sergio Donati Screenwriter
Amato Garbini Makeup
Claudio Mancini Producer
Dario Michell Set Decoration/Design
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Fulvio Morsella Producer
Giuseppe Ruzzolini Cinematographer

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