Duck, You Sucker (1971)

PG   |    |  Drama, War, Western


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An I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution.

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20 December 2006 | ma-cortes
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| Adventure , noisy action , humor and tragedy in revolutionary Mexico
This Zapata Western is set in revolutionary Mexico , 1913 . Revolution time with the fall of Madero and ruling General Huertas against guerrillas led by Pancho Villa . It's a story about friendship between an illiterate named Juan (Rod Steiger) and an Irish cynic , a foreigner specialist in dynamite named Sean Malloy (James Coburn) . They team up to steal the bank of Mesa Verde and liberate political inmates . Both of them , are opposite characters , the peasant Steiger is simple-minded , hot-tempered , foul-mouthed , rough , ragged , short stature , while the Irish terrorist and explosives' expert James Coburn is sceptic , mild-mannered , elegant, high stature and he's trying to forget his bitter past . Both actors seem to enjoy immensely themselves . They are two heroes similar to Quijote (Sean Malloy) and Sancho Panza (Juan) . The picture contains action , explosions , train crashing , Leone's trademark humor and lots of fun . There are moments with comedy but also tragedy like is reflected on the shooting execution , massacres and the heroic sacrifice on the railway . It's his more personal film , more politics , more sensible and human touch although also has more flaws than former movies as the ¨trilogy of dollars¨ : ¨For a fistful of dollars¨ , ¨For a fistful of dollars more¨ and ¨The good , the bad and the ugly¨ .

There're some Irish flashbacks filmed in slow-moving , resulting to be a little embarrassing with certain remembrance to ¨Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid¨ though substituting the palling Burt Barachach music for the moody and striking Ennio Morricone score . At the beginning , Leone only wished the film production but the conflicts with the initial director Peter Bognadovich made Leone took the direction after thinking his best friend Tonino Valeri (My name in nobody). Most part scenes that the main actors didn't take part were shot by Giancarlo Santi , Albert Martino and Antonio Margheriti for the special effects . It's filmed in Dino Laurentiis studios and in Spanish locations as Almeria , Railway Station , Guadix : church and cathedral , desert of Tabernas and Sierra Alhamilla where is made the blowing up a bridge in the spectacular scene which the demolition's Irish expert facing off an enemy convoy plenty of soldiers . Besides , there appears usual Leone secondary actors , some almost extras , as Aldo Sambrell , Benito Stefanelli and Conrado San Martin , among others . This tortilla Western is colorfully photographed by Giuseppe Ruzzolini and well directed by the master Sergio Leone .

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Sergio Leone's final Western.


Quotes

Juan Miranda: Señor! Señor! Señor...
Yankee, Stagecoach Driver: Tighten up that girth.
Juan Miranda: Señor, I... I must go to San Felipe... my mother is dead!
Yankee, Stagecoach Driver: Straight down the road, about fifty miles.
Juan Miranda: Please?
Yankee, Stagecoach Driver: Eh, get outta here.
Yankee, Stagecoach Driver: Hey. Hey, amigo. Come here.
Yankee, Stagecoach Driver: Ohhh... perfect. You're perfect! I swear to ...


Goofs

In the first scene where Juan holds up the Stage Coach, one of the children in the bandit gang is holding a Spanish double action pistol, an Astra 400. If this movie were to take place in 1914, the Astra 400 model would not have been invented yet, as it was put into production in 1921.


Crazy Credits

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.


Alternate Versions

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".

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Drama | War | Western

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