Director: Sergio Leone
Variously known also as A Fistful Of Dynamite and Once Upon a Time in The Revolution Leone's epic political comedy was Leone's least successful film at the box office and one of his most under-rated works.
Set in 1913, Rod Steiger, a Method-trained actor like Eli Wallach who could ham it up when required, plays a Mexican outlaw of peasant stock who joins forces with John Mallory (James Coburn), an ex-IRA explosives expert, to rob a bank vault. He inadvertently becomes a popular hero of the Revolution when instead of liberating a gold shipment, he frees hundreds of political prisoners. Coburn cuts an imposing figure riding a motorcycle and wearing a leather coat which houses his various pyrotechnical devices
As usual we are treated to a hauntingly evocative music score by Morricone and Ruzzolini's camerawork accentuates fast zooms and ultra tight closeups.
Hong Kong, 2004
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