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You Can’t Win ‘Em All (1970)

  • Rate: 5.6/10 total 387 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Adventure
  • Release Date: 24 July 1970 (USA)
  • Runtime: 97 min
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You Can’t Win ‘Em All (1970)


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  • IMDb page: You Can’t Win ‘Em All (1970)
  • Rate: 5.6/10 total 387 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Adventure
  • Release Date: 24 July 1970 (USA)
  • Runtime: 97 min
  • Filming Location: Said Halim Pasha Manor, Turkey
  • Director: Peter Collinson
  • Stars: Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Michèle Mercier | See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Bert Kaempfert   
  • Soundtrack: Main Title Music
  • Sound Mix: Mono
  • Plot Keyword: Turkish | Soldier | Mercenary | Machine Gun | Ambush

Writing Credits By:

  • Leo Gordon (written by) (as Leo V. Gordon)

Known Trivia

  • Michèle Mercier was dubbed by Nikki Van der Zyl.
  • According to the closing credits, the interiors of Osman Bey’s Palace were filmed at Said Halim Pasha Manor, Turkey.
  • Tony Curtis received top / first billing, Charles Bronson received second billing, Michelle Mercier received third billing.
  • Was released in the UK as the supporting film in a double bill with I Walk the Line.
  • Was originally offered to director Howard Hawks, who passed on it.

Goofs: Anachronisms: The movie is set in 1922, but a contemporary Canadian flag appears on the wall in the tavern. In 1970, when the film was made, the Canadian flag shown had only existed for five years.

Plot: Two former U.S. Army soldiers, Adam Dyer and Josh Corey, join a band of Turkish mercenaries in 1922 Turkey whom are hired by Osman Bey… See more » |  »

Story: Two former U.S. Army soldiers, Adam Dyer and Josh Corey, join a band of Turkish mercenaries in 1922 Turkey whom are hired by Osman Bey, a local governor, to escort his tree daughters to Smyran and to protect a gold shipment that is to accompany them. Nobody is aware that Elci, a local colonel, plans to seal the gold for himself, while a rebel general persuses all parties involved. Written byAnonymous

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Harold Buck known as co-producer
  • Gene Corman known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Tony Curtis known as Adam Dyer
  • Charles Bronson known as Josh Corey
  • Michèle Mercier known as Aila
  • Grégoire Aslan known as Osman Bey
  • Fikret Hakan known as Col. Elci
  • Salih Güney known as Capt. Enver
  • Patrick Magee known as The General – Ataturk
  • Tony Bonner known as Reese
  • John Acheson known as Davis
  • Horst Janson known as Wollen
  • Leo Gordon known as Bolek
  • Reed De Rouen known as U.S. Navy CPO
  • Paul Stassino known as Gunner major
  • Henia Halil known as Madam
  • John Alderson known as U.S. Army major
  • Yüksel Gözen known as Papadopoulos
  • Suna Keskin known as Girl in cafe
  • Mümtaz Alpaslan known as (uncredited)
  • Ken Buckle known as (uncredited)
  • Howard Goorney known as (uncredited)
  • N. Bulent Gultekin known as Turkish Captain (uncredited)
  • Erol Keskin known as (uncredited)
  • Manny Michael known as (uncredited)
  • Nosher Powell known as Horse Rider (uncredited)
  • Nikki Van der Zyl known as Aila (voice) (uncredited)
  • Terry Yorke known as (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Freddie Williamson known as makeup artist




Production Companies:

  • Columbia Pictures
  • SRO

Other Companies:

  • Lee Lighting  lighting


  • Columbia Pictures (1970) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Columbia Film-Verleih (1970) (Austria) (theatrical)
  • Columbia Film-Verleih (1970) (West Germany) (theatrical)
  • Columbia (1970) (France) (theatrical) (as Columbia Films S.A.)
  • Compagnia Edizioni Internazionali Artistiche Distribuzione (CEIAD) (1970) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • American Broadcasting Company (ABC) (1974) (USA) (TV) (pan/scan)
  • Columbia TriStar Home Video (????) (Italy) (VHS)
  • KNM Home Entertainment (2008) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Videosonic Arts (1988) (Greece) (VHS)



Other Stuff

Release Date:

  • USA 24 July 1970
  • France 14 August 1970
  • Austria September 1970
  • Japan 5 September 1970
  • West Germany 1 October 1970
  • Finland 9 October 1970
  • Norway 19 October 1970
  • Denmark 7 December 1970
  • Sweden 12 December 1970



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. ma-cortes
    03 May 2013, 9:00 pm

    This exciting story is set in 1922, Turkish War of Independence, inrevolutionary days during fall of the Ottoman Empire . The War resultedthe defeat of Greece in Western Turkey (Greco-Turkish war), on theEast, Armenian state and Britain, France and Georgia. It begins at theAegean sea when a shipwrecked of a boat called Achiles is rescued .Then two former US soldiers (Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson) along with aband (Leo Gordon who also wrote the script, Horst Janson, Tony Bonner,among others) and wielding several Thomson machine-guns join forces agroup of Turkish revolutionaries. They are contacted by Osman Bey(Gregoire Aslan), to escort his daughters accompanied by a gorgeousservant (Michelle Mercier). They're commanded by the colonel Elch(Hakan), while some rebels pursue them and attack the train. The filmis set in 1922 , following the defeat of Ottoman Empire that ledMustafa Kemal, Attaturk (role well played by Patrick McGee), hecommanded the Turkish national movement in the war of independence. Hissuccessful military campaigns led to liberation of the country and tothe establishing of Turkey. He transformed the former Ottoman Empireinto a democratic, modern, secular nation-state , his reforms arereferred as Kemalism. Ankara became the new capital and Kemal abolishedthe Caliphate and Sultanate. Later on, the treaty of Lausana ,signedJuly 24, 1923, established most of the modern boundaries of the countryand also led to the international recognition of the new Republic asthe successor state of the defunct Ottoman Empire under government ofAttaturk.

    The picture is packed with adventures, shootouts,noisy action, tonguein cheek , well developed characters, and wonderful outdoors fromTurkey. This is an old-fashioned and grand adventure about somemercenaries who travel from a port until Smyrna in order to rob a loot.Splendid characterization from Tony Curtis as joker,sympatheticadventurer and Charles Bronson as tough,two-fisted mercenary. Theproducers wish to thank the government and people of Turkey withoutwhose help and co-operation this motion picture could not have beenmade. The entire filming of this production took place in Turkey withthe interior of the Osman Bay palace photographed at Said Halim PashaManor.

    This moving film is well directed by Peter Collinson. Collinson's royaldirectorial treatment provides it with action, gun-play, humor andmajestic sweep. He was an expert on thriller (Sell out, Target onassassin), suspense (Spiral staircase, Ten little Indians, Openseason), terror(Straight on till morning), Warlike-adventure(You can'twin ém all), his biggest hit was ¨The Italian job¨ , until his earlydeath by cancer at 41.

  2. (
    03 May 2013, 9:00 pm

    This is a competent adventure movie pairing, of all people, Tony CurtisandCharles Bronson. It’s setting is an obscure one for Americans: Turkey inits days of revolutionary war following the defeat and collapse of theOttoman Dynasty in World War I. Bronson and his band of mercs have tommyguns but don’t get to use them as much as you might expect. On no best-oflist, but this movie is a bit better than it had to be, and worth alook.

  3. lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.
    03 May 2013, 9:00 pm

    In my quest of tracking down starring Charles Bronson features; "YouCan't Win 'Em All" aka "Soldiers of Fortune" was one of the hardest tocome by. In which is a bit a surprise, because it's rather anentertainingly sturdy old-fashion boy's own adventure with feverishplotting, buoyant performances and striking scenic locations on show.Think of another Bronson feature "Villa Rides" made two years beforeit, as the story is kind of similar but set in a different time,different place.

    It's 1922 and two former U.S army soldiers Adam Dyer and Josh Coreymeet under unusual circumstances, where these rivals join together as agroup of mercenaries in Turkey. They're hired by a local governor for amission through the Mediterranean, which includes transporting histhree daughters and a gold shipment. This leads to a lot of deviousdevelopments occurring on the war-torn journey.

    Charles Bronson and Tony Curtis simply clicked together as the twosoldiers of fortune. Curtis' happy-go-lucky approach matched up wellwith Bronson's laconically calculated manner. Both provided manyamusingly perceptive quips, as they try to out wit each other. Thesnappy script keeps the sharp humour and comic elements on the cards.This along side the illustratively sun-baked Turkey backdrop with itslocal flavour and revolutionary wars gave British director PeterCollinson an excitingly colourful frame to work with. His uniformedhandling is lively, tough and sprawling in its made-up spectacles.Random opportunities knock for the characters to take up and so doesthe rough and tumble action. It's punchy with enough bangs for youbuck, as the madcap narrative moves at a locomotive pace. BertKaempfert's flighty music score is a majestically sounding arrangementthat suit's the film's epic framework and exotic locations. The castalso features the likes of Leo Gordon (who also penned the film'sscreenplay), Patrick Magee, Horst Janson, Tony Bonner and extremelybeautiful Michèle Mercier.

    "You Can't Win 'Em All" is an agreeably fitting and strong-willedadventure comedy escapism.

  4. bob_lyle from Dallas, Texas
    03 May 2013, 9:00 pm

    Another reviewer has called this "better than it had to be", which Ithink is right on the money. This is not a history lesson, nor isShakespeare, but it uses an obscure period of history to tell anadventure story without insulting anyone’s intelligence.

    It is a remake of "Vera Cruz", the 1952 Western with Gary Cooper andBurt Lancaster. Except Curtis’ character is much wittier than Cooper’s,and Bronson’s character is not a psychopath. Both changes make iteasier to watch, although not as dramatic. Both movies haveanachronisms, but I think many of the anachronisms in "You can’t Win’em All" are sardonically recognized.

    There are easy parallels between the chaos of 1867 Mexico and 1922Turkey. In both there were uncertain loyalties at the end of anImperial rule and a major conflict had ended nearby, leaving a pool ofunemployed killers. In both a nationalistic regime replaced the OldOrder, and neither Juarez nor Attaturk were choirboys. But the movie isneither history lesson nor moral polemic, just a cheerful adventurestory.

  5. shutterbug_iconium from Türkiye
    03 May 2013, 9:00 pm

    Set against the backdrop of the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922) Soldiersof Fortune tells the story of two opportunist former U.S. Army soldiersAdam Dyer(Tony Curtis) and Josh Corey (Charles Bronson). The two joinsa group of Turkish mercenaries to protect the daughters of an Ottomansultan and a train that carries gold. This is the first movie incinematic history that portrays Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (even briefly byPatrick Magee) who is the founder and the first president of modernTurkey. Believe it or not, the rumor has it that one of the Turkishjournalists wanted to interview Charles Bronson after the production ofthe movie but he was just vehemently rejected by Bronson. So theembittered journalist just started a smear campaign against the movie,that's why the movie has never been available on DVD here andunfortunately the only way that you can watch this movie in Turkey isto get hold of a pirate VHS copy. You Can't Win 'Em All may not havesounded realistic or historically accurate but it would not be fair atall to expect complete historical accuracy from an adventurous westernmovie. The filming locations do not really follow a logical ordereither. For instance, the mercenaries set out their adventurous odysseyin İzmir (formerly Smyrna)At first they camp in the Cappadocia region(east-central Turkey) Later on you see them in Ephesus and Didim (whichis at the far west)I guess Peter Collinson must have thought he shouldshow a few places that a tourist must see in his/her visit to Turkey.You Can't Win 'Em All may not be the best movie but if you likewesterns and if you are real fans of Curtis and Bronson there is not areason why you shouldn't like this one.

  6. thinker1691 from USA
    03 May 2013, 9:00 pm

    Not many people know that Hollywood actor Leo Gordon was also anoteworthy screenwriter. In point of fact Mr. Gordon wrote the scriptfor this motion picture called " You Can't win them all. " He tells thethe story of two traveling mercenaries Adam Dyer (Tony Curtis and JoshCorey (Charles Bronson) who arrive in Turkey in 1922. It was aturbulent time and the government was in the mists of a civil war. Ourheroes arrive and sensing an opportunity to get rich, join which everside will pay the most. This includes hiring on to guard a valuableshipment which includes members of a royal family, bars of gold andseveral million dollars worth of jewels. Throughout this movie which isfilled with action, physical confrontations and exciting drama, ourheroes try to stay one step ahead of they who would keep them fromtheir treasure, only to realize it's not that easy. Michèle Mercierplays, Aila, a woman dedicated to the cause and proves a worthyadversary and ally for a Turkish General who is played by PatrickMagee. Leo Gordon who plays Bolek is in the film, but has a very briefrole, still, with guns blazing, he does make his character exciting.Despite the movie's inability to make it at the box office, it hasbecome a Classic in it's own right. Recommended. ****

  7. Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland
    03 May 2013, 9:00 pm

    My instant reaction on watching this in 2003 is the portrayal of the Muslimfaith . Without giving too much away the plot centres around protecting aMuslim icon , while Muslims who are not exacatly treated with totalreverance aren`t shown as being blood thirsty killers calling for jihadagainst westerners either . Compare this movie with something like TRUE LIESand you`ll see how differently Hollywood treats Islam these days .

    That said I don`t want anyone to think this is a piece of must see cinema .YOU CAN`T WIN `EM ALL is basically a buddy B movie made to shown before amain feature , if you`re under 35 you won`t be able to remember the dayswhen you paid money at the box office and got to see TWO feature films .Charles Bronson plays a world weary skipper while Tony Curtis – Who shockedcinema audiences in THE BOSTON STRANGLER two years before – plays anirritating smart ass similar to his role in THE PERSUADERS in early 1920sTurkey . Watch out for the anachronism when someone mentions " Startingworld war two " which is strange because no one ever spoke about " World warone " in those days , not even the cast of PEARL HARBOR

  8. Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
    03 May 2013, 9:00 pm

    You Can't Win 'Em All (1970)

    ** (out of 4)

    Mildly entertaining action film has former WW1 soldiers traveling toTurkey where they are hired by Osman Bey to help guard a gold shipmentbut after countless double crossings and twists, the soldiers begin torealize that there might be something more at stake than just gold.It's important to note that the soldiers are played by Tony Curtis andCharles Bronson and those names are big enough to make you want to keepwatching even when the film itself starts to unravel and come apart.The movie gets off to a great start as Curtis is stranded at sea in asinking boat and gets picked up by captain Bronson but before he canget on the two have a nice exchange of words. The first twenty-minutesof the movie are fast, sharp and contain some very funny moments butall of this stuff pretty much goes away once the center story kicks in.I never really could get too involved with the story in Turkey simplybecause it really didn't feel all that real and I also thought it wasrather poorly written. I think there's way too much story trying to goon and there's really nothing behind it because the main goal is justto get to the next action scene. As far as the action goes, we get acouple excellent sequences. The opening bar fight is pretty good butthe real highlight comes towards the middle of the film when the traincarrying the gold comes under attack. After viewing the movie I had todo a Google search to see how many stuntmen got killed in this sequencebut apparently it was none. The physical stunts are extremely graphicand there are a few scenes where horses are tripping off one anotherand there's one instant that will really stick out because it seems thehuman riding it gets crushed during all the mayhem. There's another bigaction piece at the end, which results in another twist in the storythat actually works pretty good. The main draw of this movie is goingto be seeing Curtis and Bronson together and they actually do a prettygood job. I thought that laid back, smart ass attitude of Curtis workedperfectly well with Bronson stone cold approach. The two are simply sodifferent that when they mix it up they just come off very funny. Thebanter between the men in the bar at the start of the film is certainlyone of the highlights. YOU CAN'T WIN 'EM ALL is far from a masterpieceand in reality it's not even a good movie. With that said, fans of thetwo stars will probably want to check it out but others will probablynot find too much to keep them watching from start to finish.

  9. zardoz-13 from United States
    03 May 2013, 9:00 pm

    Tony Curtis and Charles Bronson team up as mercenaries in directorPeter Collinson's "You Can't Win'em All," a larger-than-life actionepic set in historic Turkey during the waning days of the OttermanEmpire. This tongue-in-cheek actioneer benefits from a glossy budgetand actual on-location lensing in Turkey. This is one of theold-fashioned shoot'em ups where everybody around the two leading mendrop like flies whenever they ride into an ambush or get strafed bybiplanes. Curtis and Bronson radiate charisma and chemistry. Neithercompletely trusts each other but they wind up as close-knit friend atfadeout. Collinson captures the beauty and majesty of Turkey and thecinematography is as scenic and sweeping as the action. Our heroesprovide an escort for what appears to be a mule train of gold but thereare surprises in store for both them as well as the audience. Collinsonstages much eventful action scenes, not the least of which involves acouple of biplanes dropping bombs on an army in the field. Characteractor Leo V. Gordon, who penned the World War II thriller "Tobruk,"wrote the screenplay and he provides Curtis and Bronson with amusingdialogue that will remind you of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."The ending is a hoot!

  10. SipteaHighTea
    03 May 2013, 9:00 pm

    Overall, I like the movie; however, I find it strange that many ofCharles Bronson's men have hippie like long hair. This is suppose to bea film about a situation in 1919 not 1970. Men back in those days wereclean cut unless you live out in a very isolated rural area like beinga lumberjack or like in Lawrence of Arabia, you were herding sheep,horses, camels, etc., and because you were so far away fromcivilization and had to ration your water supply, you could not shaveyour face and cut your sideburns.

    I am surprise with the firepower of the tommy guns, they could notshoot down the two Turkish plane or damage them. Its funny in a moviewhen you have German soldiers throwing lots of firepower againstAmerican soldiers, few Americans get killed; however, when you seesoldiers of countries like Greece or Turkey with less firepower, theyare good at killing Americans in large numbers.

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