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Duck, You Sucker

Released 1972
Distributor United Artists

About Duck, You Sucker

Considered one of his most overtly political films, this final Sergio Leone western is a melancholy action film steeped in memory. It looks to have influenced Leone collaborator Bernardo Bertolucci’s own politically charged historical epic, 1900. Peter Bogdanovich was originally contracted to direct but ankled when he bridled at having to imitate Leone’s baroque pictorial style. James Coburn’s Irish revolutionary role was intended for Jason Robards and Rod Steiger’s Mexican peasant for Eli Wallach. When a shortened version was released in America to boxoffice indifference in 1971 the title was changed to A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE. Also known in Europe as ONCE UPON A TIME…THE REVOLUTION. It was banned in Mexico until 1979.

About Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith has been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.) The Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival recently gave him a career achievement award. His cult hits include The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits, Stunt Rock, Dead End Drive In, The Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s. His latest film is Drive Hard, a quirky action comedy with John Cusack and Thomas Jane. He hopes to shoot a Sci-Fi action picture in Tianjing, China later this year. Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith. His first novel The Headsman's Daughter is available this summer on Amazon and Kindle.