In Duck, You Sucker (aka A Fist Full of Dynamite), John (played by James Coburn) has numerous flashbacks to his IRA days. In the final 15 minutes of the film, two seemingly important points are revealed:

First, that he shot his friend who had been beaten and revealed his identity to the British military.

This seems clear to me plot-wise, as it's tied to the revelations about Villega.

I do not understand the second (final) flashback, where it is shown that

the girl you see John with appears to be romantically involved with his friend as well when she stops kissing John and starts kissing his friend.

What is the meaning of this flashback?


Just a theory, I'm trying to find anything to confirm it, but I think she represents the Irish Revolution. It's the only way I can wrap my head around their full-on joy as the other enjoys intimacy. It also fits that John would choose to envision his friend a true lover of the cause after Villega's death and just before his own.


I did find a reference to the scenes with her as a metaphor according to the DVD commentary by 'Noted Film Historian Sir Christopher Frayling'. He made the same interpretation that she represents the revolution.

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