A lesser known constituent of famed director Sergio Leone’s stable, A Fistful of Dynamite takes place during the Mexican revolution of 1913. Sean Mallory (James Coburn) is a fugitive Irishman with more than a passing talent for explosives who is on the run from the troubles of Ireland and his past. He encounters Juan, a Mexican peasant, played by Rod Steiger. Steiger’s Juan convinces Sean to take part in robbing a bank, ostensibly to relieve it of its loot. Action and revolutionary politics entwine in a western that is certainly as enjoyable as Leone’s earlier films. At times and especially in the first third of the film it contains numerous comic moments. However in the later stages, the film rations these, divesting itself of some of the earlier humor when dealing with topics such as class struggle, political prisoners, and governmental brutality. Naturally, the movie contains most of Leone’s trademarks, fast zooms, screen filling close-ups, and long elegiac shots matched with another of Ennio Morricone’s unique and masterful scores. The DVD print looks great on my Tele so I’m sure it’d look truly excellent on a decent one!
Sergio Leone's revolutionary spaghetti western is a spectacularly original movie about two men caught up in the Mexican revolution. One of the two men is an Irish terrorist, strapped to the hilt with a superb array of explosives. The other is a Mexican bandit with seven sons all armed to the teeth. The two friends end up as the unlikely leaders of the revolution. The characters are wonderful, the photography dynamic. The film has the authentic feel of a Stienbeck novel. It is one of a kind and makes for magnificent entertainment.
Every new edition of this classic gets better, another great Italian film.
There is more depth to this story than the title(s) indicate, pay attention to the restored flashback sequences. Other than being a Sergio leone film, it has no real connection with his 'Dollars' trilogy, and is actually an ingenious, and troubling, look at the morality and motives of revolution and civil war, in the guise of an adventure.
Great value. Brand new, sealed item exactly as pictured and described. Fast delivery too. Great to see the full version of the film. Although the performances of Rod Steiger and James Coburn were good I can't help wondering what the film would have been like with Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach. Who is Sean, Sean, Sean? The answer is in the extra disc. A must fof all spaghetti western fans.