A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS
PER UN PUGNO DE DOLLARI
1964, Park Circus/MGM, 99 min, Italy, Dir: Sergio Leone

Director Sergio Leone remade Akira Kurosawa’s YOJIMBO with Clint Eastwood as a poncho-wearing, cheroot-chewing assassin, and wound up with the most revolutionary Western of the 1960s (aided by composer Ennio Morricone’s instantly memorable theme music). Co-starring the great Italian actor Gian Maria Volonte (INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION) as Eastwood’s nemesis.


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.


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