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« on: November 11, 2002, 07:22:28 PM »

I'll admit, I've never seen this movie in its entirety. The parts I did see were good but I'm not sure if I'd place it in the same ranks as the "Dollars" triology. It's  a very different kind of film. Opinions?

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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2002, 03:28:54 PM »

Perhaps not in the same league as the others, but I still enjoyed it for what it was. Very delightful soundtrack, and Steiger and Coburn were both fun in their roles...just don't mention the "accents."  Wink

BTW, while most talk is on a OUATITW DVD (which I want!!!), what news (if any) about FoD? I have the VHS, but would be happy to see it in a cleaned-up and letterboxed format. Would they be able to use the same sources for the laserdisc, or would it need more work?

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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2002, 07:41:40 PM »

This would indded be a great DVD. I'm thinking we are due for a Leonoe Box set, that has all the films nicely packaged with all the juicy extras.  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2002, 02:34:44 PM »

Tempting idea indeed...but a bit hard on the pocketbook. If it became a reality, and I had to choose between it and a Twin Peaks Season Two set...what would I do?!?  Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2002, 04:41:04 PM »

The Simpsons, season 2 DVD I can understand, but Twin Peaks?  Wink

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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2002, 07:26:55 AM »

What can I say...I'm an oddball, TP is an oddball series, perfect match!

But lest I wander too far afield of the topic here...

Would there be some difficulty in creating an all-Leone box set? The "No Name" set was perfect in that Universal(?) owned all three of those, but with Paramount owing OUATITW and who-knows-who owning FoD and OUATIA, imagine the legal hassle to throw it all together.

Since I already have the first three, I would be content to get the others separately.

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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2002, 04:00:36 PM »

I think it would be best all separatly in special edition style ofcource. This way each film would have the full treatment. Or if it were to be a box I'd love to see a separate section for soundtracks Grin.
BTW nothing wrong with Twin Peaks Wink

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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2002, 06:35:26 AM »

I haven't seen this one in such a long time, and I never  saw it in a theater, only a pan and scan video, a shame!

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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2002, 01:50:43 PM »

I did see this in theater, when it first came out, just like all the Spaghettis.  I saw it again 20 years later, and enjoyed it more then.  Juan was apparently supposed to be Eli Wallach, who would've been way better than Steiger.  But interesting tale of the two-bit bandit who unknowingly becomes a hero and a leader.

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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2002, 11:13:20 AM »

I'll admit, I've never seen this movie in its entirety. The parts I did see were good but I'm not sure if I'd place it in the same ranks as the "Dollars" triology. It's  a very different kind of film. Opinions?


It is a great film full of action and skillful camera work. I had a friend who bought me the Italian version from Italy, and without understanding Italian the visuals and the music were tremendous. The soundtrack is comic at times, but also tender and sentimental and kind of catchy. I always whistle the James Coburn theme coupled with the 'Sean,Sean, Sean! chant. The score proves Morricone's greatness as he composed an Irish theme. The flashbacks filmed in Co Wicklow in Ireland are beautifully filmed with a soft-focus filter. The acting is excellent as well Rod Steiger showed all the emotions of the spectrum.

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« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2002, 01:37:31 PM »

Honestly, until recently when I made a more in-depth study of THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY, I'd always thought that DUCK YOU SUCKER was Leone's best movie.

In DUCK YOU SUCKER, I think he struck a perfect balance between that really extreme directorial style he used in OUATITW and the more "populist" storytelling of GBU, and I love the way he used the flashback device from OUATITW but gave us entire sequences for those flashbacks instead of just one repeated scene. It was a great prelude to the more involved and elaborate flashback structure of OUATIA, a film that's more complex and impressive but just not as over-all enjoyable to me as its predecessors.

As it happens, after re-viewing all of Leone's six major features recently, I rate GBU at the top, followed by (in order) DUCK YOU SUCKER, OUATITW, OUATIA, FAFDM, and A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS.

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« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2003, 01:00:11 PM »

I think I've seen the movies once in its entirety.It's different than Leone's other westerns,maybe a little bit too different.It may have been that Leone felt he couldn't develop his 'basic' western style after OUATITW,so he decided to try something different.However,the movie has a decent plot,good characters and great music.

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« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2003, 05:07:44 PM »

I've had the chance to see this movie as I was 10 or something, this film made me wanting to see all other Leone's films, it amazed me so much that for a long time I considered it the best film i had ever seen... up to the moment I saw Once Upon a Time in America Grin But still Fistful of Dynamite ( Which is called here in France "Once Upon a Time a Revolution" ) Is a great film.

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« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2003, 01:34:32 AM »

bonjour a tous .
il était une fois la révolution est le film que je prefere dans la partition des films de Sergio Leone
j' ai mon site perso en construction.
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a tous les fans de morricone et de sergio leone Grin
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« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2003, 10:02:19 AM »

I think this is Leone's weakest film.  Maybe logical, because at first Leone didn't want to do this one (he wanted to give the project to Peckinpah)...

Though it is fun at some times, it never matches the level of any of his other films.  Nice score, by the way.

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