You Can't Win 'Em All

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You Can't Win 'Em All
You Can't Win Em All - 1970 - Poster.png
Directed by Peter Collinson
Produced by Gene Corman
Written by Leo Gordon
Starring Tony Curtis
Charles Bronson
Fikret Hakan
Salih Güney
Michèle Mercier
Music by Bert Kaempfert
Cinematography Ken Higgins
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
24 July 1970
Running time
97 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

You Can't Win 'Em All is a 1970 war film, written by Leo Gordon (also an actor who appears in the film) and directed by Peter Collinson, starring Tony Curtis and Charles Bronson.


The setting is the time of the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922). Two American soldiers of fortune - Adam (Curtis) and Josh (Bronson) - team up in 1922 Turkey to protect the three daughters of a Turkish governor on their journey to across land to secure Adam's boat. Along the way, they find out that they may have been misled as they also thwart a Turkish army colonel's attempt to take a hidden cache of priceless treasure from them.


Production notes[edit]

The film was originally known as Dubious Patriots.

"The country, the people, were fabulous," said Tony Curtis shortly after filming ended. "The thing that did us in was the very shoddy British production set up. They promised certain things on location and didn't provide them. There were inadequate sanitary conditions: people got sick. The director, Peter Collinson? I have no comment about Mr Collinson. Some day I'll tell you about him."[1]

Aircraft sequences were flown and coordinated by Charles Boddington and Lewis Benjamin. The aircraft were owned by ex-RCAF pilot Lynn Garrison who shipped several of his S.E.5 replicas from Ireland to Turkey for the production. They were previously featured in The Blue Max and Darling Lili and would go on to star in Von Richthofen and Brown, Zeppelin, The Great Waldo Pepper, and numerous TV commercials.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Tony Curtis Ends Turkey Filming Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 05 Nov 1969: f15.

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