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

R  |   |  Action, 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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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 ...
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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This short cigar belongs to a man with no name. This long gun belongs to a man with no name. This poncho belongs to a man with no name. He's going to trigger a whole new style in adventure. See more »

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Action | Western

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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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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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 all the desert scenes, there are no cacti visible. Cacti are found only in North and South America, making it obvious that this was filmed in the Old World; in this case, Spain. See more »

Quotes

Don Miguel Rojo: That's the right idea? You didn't misunderstand?
Joe: I get the wrong idea only when it suits me.
Ramon Rojo: You are well informed, eh?
Joe: A man's life in these parts often depends on a mere scrap of information. Your brother's own words.
Ramon Rojo: Tell me. Why are you doing this for us?
Joe: [Holds out his hand with a response that is almost a question] Five hundred dollars.
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The first of the three
2 November 2003 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

'A Fistful of Dollars' is the first from Sergio Leone's trilogy about "The Man with No Name". The other two movies are 'For a Few Dollars More' and the famous 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'. Although 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' is considered the best this one comes pretty close. It is a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 'Yojimbo' and it comes also pretty close to that movie. It was also the first real Spaghetti Western.

Clint Eastwood is "The Man with No Name" who comes to a small town where two families run the place. Both families hate each other and he thinks he can make a lot of money with playing both parties against each other. This is basically the main story. There are some sub-plots, one of them involves Marisol (Marianne Koch) who is taken by a leader of one of the families. Her husband and child still live in the town.

For me it was not the story that made this movie interesting. It was the whole atmosphere. I like all Leone's westerns for that reason. Of course some are better than others, but they are never boring. The way we see Eastwood kill four man early in the movie is simply spectacular.

This no 'Once Upon a Time in the West' or even 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' but we have the same atmosphere, the same kind of score by Ennio Morricone and a Clint Eastwood at the beginning of a great career.


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