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A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
"Per un pugno di dollari" (original title)

 -  Western  -  18 January 1967 (USA)
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A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

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Complete credited cast:
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Joe
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Marisol
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Ramón Rojo (as Johnny Wels)
Wolfgang Lukschy ...
John Baxter (as W. Lukschy)
Sieghardt Rupp ...
Esteban Rojo (as S. Rupp)
Joseph Egger ...
Piripero (as Joe Edger)
Antonio Prieto ...
Don Miguel Benito Rojo (as Antonio Prieto)
José Calvo ...
Silvanito (as Jose Calvo)
Margarita Lozano ...
Consuelo Baxter (as Margherita Lozano)
Daniel Martín ...
Julián (as Daniel Martin)
Benito Stefanelli ...
Rubio (as Benny Reeves)
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Chico (as Richard Stuyvesant)
Bruno Carotenuto ...
Antonio Baxter (as Carol Brown)
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Rojo gang member (as Aldo Sambreli)
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Storyline

An anonymous, but deadly man rides into a town torn by war between two factions, the Baxters and the Rojo's. Instead of fleeing or dying, as most other would do, the man schemes to play the two sides off each other, getting rich in the bargain. Written by Andrew Hyatt <dres@uiuc.edu>

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A Fistful of Dollars is the first motion picture of its kind. It won't be the last! See more »

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Release Date:

18 January 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Gross:

ESP 134,156,214 (Spain)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Clint Eastwood arrived on the set, he was struck by how little the Italian crew and writers knew about the American West they were filming about. For example, he had to point out that coonskin caps were worn by frontiersmen and trappers in the Davy Crockett era, circa the 1820s, not by gunfighters and townsmen in the American West and Mexico of the 1870s, as the scriptwriters had written. See more »

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In the scene where the Mexican cavalry are ambushed at the river, the machine gun used by the 'US Cavalry' is unloaded at all times - it is a belt fed weapon, yet has no belt of rounds in it - it presumably has caps in the end to produce the muzzle smoke. Furthermore a hand cranked Gatling Gun would be more appropriate to the time line the film is set around than the slightly more modern air cooled belt fed weapon used. See more »

Quotes

Silvanito: [Joe asks who Marisol is] She is a woman. And Ramon is madly in love with her.
Joe: Everyone talks about Ramon. Kind of curious to meet him.
Silvanito: If you are smart, you will stay clear of Ramon for as long as possible!
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Sweet Betsy from Pike
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Written by John A. Stone
Performed by Clint Eastwood
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A fistful of style
25 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first of Sergio Leone's "spaghetti westerns" is now overshadowed by its superior successors, but remains an exciting introduction to this peculiar genre. Clint Eastwood redefined the notion of a hero in this film, a man who seems to operate by a code but doesn't feel the need to explain it. Although the U.S. advertising campaign billed Eastwood's character as "The Man With No Name," a name is one thing he does have - Joe - but almost everything else about him is a mystery except for his deadly proficiency with a gun. Leone's style would be more pronounced in later films, but this one provided the template. Eastwood is superb, of course, as is Gian Maria Volante (billed as Johnny Wells) as his deadly opponent, Ramon Rojo. If it's slow moving at times, the music of Ennio Morricone always takes up the slack.


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