Review – A Fistful of Dynamite

A Fistful of Dynamite (Duck, You Sucker!)

Sergio Leone

1971

A wanted Irish Republican and an odd Mexican bandit get themselves, the former willingly and the latter reluctantly, conscripted into the Mexican revolution.

Leone’s last western seems to be somewhat forgotten compared to his four predecessors, which is a shame because it’s better than A Fistful of Dollars and A Few Dollars More. Leone’s style is unmistakable (every other shot seems to be in extreme close up) and Rod Steiger’s performance is outstanding as the bandit with his band of children in tow. The body count in the film is staggering, as are the explosions. James Coburn is as cool as a cat as the revolution magnet John, even if his Irish accent comes and goes seemingly as it pleases. One to watch out for on late night Channel Four