Duck, You Sucker
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Juan Miranda (Steiger) is a cigar-chomping, salt-of-the-earth peasant with a Robin Hood heart. John Mallory (Coburn) is a dynamite-tossing Irish revolutionary who has fled to Mexico to practice his skills. Together, they're a devilishly volatile mix of anti-establishment philosophies and violent tendencies as they attempt to liberate political prisoners, defend their compatriots against a well-equipped militia, and risk their lives on a train filled with explosives.
A different sort of Sergio Leone Western, this one takes place during the Mexican Revolution, with more politics than usual. But there's still plenty of action, with Rod Steiger as a cigar-chomping peasant who robs banks to liberate political prisoners, and James Coburn as an Irish terrorist trying to flee from his bitter past. They team up to thwart a sadistic officer and help the cause; redemption for the more subdued Coburn provides added depth. This contains the longer uncut version (released in Italy) known as Duck, You Sucker, featuring more flashbacks, more politics, and a more unsavory Steiger. But it's terrific fun, with Ennio Morricone's moody score and Coburn's most underrated performance. --Bill DesowitzSee all Editorial Reviews
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bucket-full of humour and indeed plenty of explosive action......
Bandit 'Juan Miranda' (Rod Steiger) after his chance encounter with 'Irish' Terrorist and explosives expert 'John H Mallory'
believes he can persuade his new best-friend to align with him and his family to rob the bank in 'Mesa Verda' which he
thinks will be lucrative for all involved, this venture will lead to him becoming part of the revolution that is raging in
Mexico against the tyrannical and oppressive regime.
Of course 'John' is no stranger to revolution, he'd been a key player back in his home country, whereas 'Juan' has little or
no allegiance to any cause other than to himself and family, hardly a revolutionary....until now that is, the streets of 'Mesa
Verda' is patrolled by many troops, the revolutionaries are planning a multi-target attack, 'Juan' is designated with his
family to attack the bank, seems like a good plan ?
'John' is doing that which he knows best, 'Juan' somehow and unwittingly becomes a hero, there was no money or gold to
be found at the bank he'd been asked too attack, however he did free 150 political prisoners.......
We follow the exploits of the 'fire-cracker' 'John' and reluctant hero 'Juan' however events do lead to 'Juan' having a reason
to fight the good fight.
'Rod Steiger' is at his extraordinary best, 'James Coburn' super cool in this explosive, action-packed Western, over two and a
half hours of sheer entertainment - Spaghetti-Style.
The film does have many violent sequences which are not suitable for younger viewers ...
The picture Quality is far superior to it's DVD version, though as is often the case with older movies the distance scenes are
sometimes a little grainy....not enough to spoil the spectacle however.
Blu-ray Features -
* Restored and remastered 157 minute version not shown originally to U.S Theatres
* Audio Commentary by Noted Film Historian Sir Christopher Frayling
* Sergio Donati remembers 'Duck You Sucker'
* The Myth of Revolution - Sir Christopher Frayling discusses Leone's political learning, his maturing method and his style
* Once Upon A Time in Italy (AKA - The Autry Exhibition) - A behind the scenes look at putting together an Exhibition of Leone
* Sorting out the Versions
* Restoration Italian Style - John Kirk discusses Restoring the Original Italian version for the first DVD release
* Location comparisons Then to Now - Film Clips intercut with more recent footage of the location used
* 6 Radio Spots
* Original Theatrical Trailer.
I took the time to do a little research about this film and after some review, decided to order my own copy. This Blu-ray version has all the 'extras' that the DVD version had. That was nice to hear the commentary and scene locations -- then and now.
In all, a worthy addition to my movie collection.