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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-Smithhas 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.)  His cult favorites include The Man from Hong KongTurkey ShootBMX BanditsStunt RockThe 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.   He recently directed The Cabin, a blended family romantic comedy starring Lea Thompson, which premiered on Hallmark, and Absolute Deception, a female driven suspense mystery thriller starring Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Emmanuelle Vaugier which is now available on DVD, PPV, and via download. He is currently shooting a quirky buddy action comedy Hard Drive with John Cusack and Thomas Jane.  Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith, Ph.D.  His dream project - the true story of England's most maligned King of England, Richard the Third.  
  • John Mapes

    This film (pardon the pun) really did blow me away. The score chokes me up still and I don’t think I have ever seen a better more over the top introduction of a character in ANY film as the one of John Mallory.

    • Chris Condon

      Agreed. Sergio Leone’s a master and does it like no other. I’m still trying to pick up the pieces of my brain years after seeing ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST.

  • Alex

    Just like Once Upon A Time in America, the director’s extended cut is SO much better. The story is fuller and explains more. I think Eli Wallach might have been perfect, that being said, Rod Steiger does a great job in this movie. Coburn seemed a bit miscast to me. Duck, has a great lush but weird score. “Shoon shoon”