Fistful of Dynamite, A

Date: 1971
Director: Sergio Leone
Production Company: Rafran Cinematografica, Euro International Film, San Miura

Stars: James Coburn, Rod Steiger, Romolo Valli
Location(s): Spain, Italy (studio), Ireland

Region(s): ,


During a Mexican revolution, a bank robber and Irish explosives man on the run join forces.

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Steiger about to board a stagecoach and rob it. Off the A-349 north of Tabernas.

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A building near the Tabernas area of Spain, no longer standing.

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Steiger surveys much hillier terrain.

First appearance of Coburn

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This is a rough road just to the west of Rodalquilar, behind Las Minas. SJ

Steiger surveys Coburn's bike as he passes.

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The mines area of Rodalquilar, not too far from Indio's hideout in For A Few Dollars More. SJ

Coburn approaches Steiger

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Still at the Minas de Rodalquilar. SJ

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Possibly in the hills around Mini Hollywood, near Tabernas in the Almeria region of Spain.

And again

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Found and taken by David Lippiatt, as are others credited to DL. (SJ)

I think Coburn is overlooking Mini Hollywood.

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Slightly wrong angle but this one is an accidental match, see the pink coloured road to the right. SJ

A repeat of Capture 9.

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... As DL has achieved a better angle on this than I. (SJ)

Same area.

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Now, DL.

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The old railway line that ran from Gaudix to Hernan Valle.

Almeria railway station one way ...

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Another from DL. (SJ)

And suddenly Guadix cathedral the other way. Guadix is 50 miles away.

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And here it is. SJ

The revolution takes hold with a firing squad

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Calle Ancha, Guadix. SJ

A closer shot.

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back to the current century with picturesque van, car and cement mixer. SJ

Down the hill a bit.

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Calle Ancha, unchanged except for street clutter. SJ

Looking to the east now in the square of the Church and Monastery of Santiago.

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Now. SJ

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Medinaceli, to the northeast of Madrid, standing for "Mesa Verde." This was the bank built for the film.

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Another view

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Back to to the Tabernas area.

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Another shot

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Valli in the hills of Almeria near Tabernas.

The bridge which is ambushed by Steiger and Coburn but that's Valli in shot.

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Not sure exactly where this is but it's a good match from DL: there's the bridge, or remains, in the middle. DL also points out that the top right of the "then" background (the distinctive hill) which appears in the middle of David's "now" also appears in The Good the Bad and the Ugly (20, 21) and For a Few Dollars More. (SJ)

Mass execution of the Azucarera of San Torcuato, north east of Guadix on the Avenida de Buenos Aires. The sugar factory was rather short-lived, opening in 1900 and closing in 1915.

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How it looked to David Lippiatt in September 2013. (SJ)