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

R  |   |  Action, Drama, 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:
Ramón Rojo (as John Wells) (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 ...
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)
Chico (as Richard Stuyvesant)
Bruno Carotenuto ...
Antonio Baxter (as Carol Brown)
Rojo gang member (as Aldo Sambreli)


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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Action | Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 January 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Fist Full of Dollars  »

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Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)


ESP 134,156,214 (Spain)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Per un pugno di dollari (A Fistful of Dollars), the main character called Ray steals a poncho. The character's name and stealing the poncho opening sequence are not in the final cut of the movie. Early script, Per un pugno di dollari (A Fistful of Dollars) Script by: No credit given in the film (Duccio Tessari, Victor A. Catena, Fernando Di Leo, Sergio Leone and others, from the screenplay Yojimbo by Ryuzo Kikushima and Akira Kurosawa), 1964. Story: No credit (Sergio Leone after Akira Kurosawa). Courtesy of the Morsel Family, as revealed at the Sergio Leone exhibit, Summer, 2005, at the Gene Autry Museum, Los Angeles, California. See more »


Mules have long ears, no hair at the base of the tail and low withers. Joe's mount has short ears, hair on the whole tail and normal withers. i.e., it's not a mule but a horse. See more »


Joe: To kill a man you shoot him in the heart. Isn't that what you said, Ramon?
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The movie that started it all
7 October 2003 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Clint Eastwood was best known to American audiences for his role as Rowdy Yates in the series Rawhide. The series had ended and he was offered this strange new and challenging role in this movie of the American West that was made in Italy! Eastwood said his wife read that script and liked it. She said it was really "wild" because it was written in Western "slang" by Italians who really didn't understand English. He did this picture almost as a lark, and then read that it had become one of the biggest hits in Europe and then when it was released in America it outgrossed even the most popular current American films and made Clint Eastwood both a star and a phenomenon. Its strange to me that the best films ever made about the American west should have been made by Sergio Leone, an Italian who couldn't even speak English. Clint Eastwood said that all he knew in Italian was "arrevadershi" and all Leone knew in English was "goodbye" and yet these two combined to make an awesome film. As the poncho clad "Man With No Name", Eastwood created a role that hit us like a punch in the face and really re-defined the definition of the true Western hero. Eastwood tore out pages and pages of the dialogue and reduced his character to the bare bones to make him more mysterious. Leone said that he clad Eastwood in that sweat stained serepe to give him a cloak of mystery and put the cheroot in his mouth as a pendant between his two cold eyes and it worked like a charm. He broke all the rules and re-defined screen violence. I read that Leone wanted to make a blood and guts Western and show to the audience "I want them to feel what the hell it is like to get shot" and he does it! The scene where Clint is beaten to a pulp is one of the most graphic that you will ever see. It would have killed most other men!

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