This movie only confirmes that Leone needs to be watched in a chronological order. If you start reading a little bit about what he was doing and thinking after The Good The Bad and The Ugly everything is put in a better and more interesting perspective and it ends up making Duck, You Sucker a great predecessor of Once Upon a Time in America. This is an underrated work but undoubtedly a great one.
Sergio Leone's weakest western also happens to be one of the better ones I've seen, such was the ability of the man. Although it struggles towards the end after the inevitable softening of the relationship between James Coburn and Rod Steiger, when they are odds this is a fantastic film. Both of them are brilliant, if saddled with predictably awful accents, while Ennio Morricone's score is another cracker.
It's a wonder that this film has not achieved the status of any of Leone's other Westerns. This one has a great story, the visuals are amazing, and the ties with Revolutionary Mexico and Ireland provide a good bridging of the gap between ...West and ...America. Coburn is more like Cheyenne from ...West than Eastwood's drifter. Steiger's performance is dynamite. Worth seeing if you like Leone. Underrated classic.
After the pomp and circumstance of his previous film, Leone finds the simple joy of narrating with mood and energy - without significant excesses or expository multiplicities - an indescribable story, which suits his figurative delusions. It only lacks the cosmic dimension of his freer westerns.
Sergione,il west e la rivoluzione messicana:é il più debole della cosiddetta"trilogia del tempo",ma avercene di film così.Qualche tempo morto di troppo allunga la durata,ma le scene di massa sono immense,le esplosioni inchiodano letteralmente ed i flashback sembrano la prova di quelli celestiali che ci saranno in"C'era una volta in America".Colonna e fotografia ai massimi livelli.Un Leone diverso,ma sempre splendido.
Under-rated and just willing to be rediscovered classic by Leone a worthy follow up to 'the man with no name trilogy' and 'once upon a time in the west'. Coburn and Steiger both inhabit their parts perfectly in this interesting take on revolution made at a time in history when revolution was prevalent in most young people's minds Top notch action effects, well cast supporting players but such a strange soundtrack.