DUCK, YOU SUCKER (Uncut Version)
aka A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE (GIU LA TESTA)
1971, MGM Repertory, 155 min, Italy, Dir: Sergio Leone

In the last - and least-seen - of Sergio Leone’s epic Westerns, earthy peasant Rod Steiger and Irishman James Coburn (hiding from the I.R.A.) find themselves tossed into the middle of the Mexican Revolution. Widely ignored on its release, DUCK YOU SUCKER looks better and better with each year: Leone’s blend of explosive action and boozy poetry is just strange enough to work. With music by Ennio Morricone.


BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
1973, 20th Century Fox, 93 min, USA, Dir: J. Lee Thompson

The fifth and final film in the APES franchise finds the title characters battling mutant humans. Roddy McDowall returns as Caesar, and Claude Akins and John Huston provide support to help bring the series full circle.


CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
1972, 20th Century Fox, 88 min, USA, Dir: J. Lee Thompson

Roddy McDowall and Don Murray star in the fourth PLANET OF THE APES film, which takes place in the then-future 1990s! In a political allegory timed to coincide with the black power movement of the early 1970s, the enslaved apes plot to overthrow the human race that has oppressed them; this ambitious and entertaining sci-fi classic served as a template for last year's RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.


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