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
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Clint Eastwood's contract for Rawhide (1959) prohibited him from making movies in the United States while on break from the series. However, the contract did allow him to accept movie assignments in Europe. See more »
The action before, during, and after the graveyard fight alternates between taking place during the day and night. The Rojos leave in pitch darkness, cut together with scenes of the Baxters riding out in cloudy daylight. The fight takes place during the day while Joe sneaks into the Rojo house at night. When the Rojos return home, it's night again. See more »
You shoot to kill, you better hit the heart. Your own words, Ramone.
[Ramone fires off two shots, but The Man With No Name stands right back up]
The heart, Ramone. Don't forget the heart. Aim for the heart, or you'll never stop me.
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A classic. The first, or one of the first, films to introduce the concept of the Western antihero. Sergio Leone pioneered a lot of things here. The brightness, the oppressive sunlight. The ugly brutality of Western gunfights, that had always been cleaned up in Hollywood. I understand that Leone's occasional framing of the shooter and his victims in the same shot was not allowed at the time in American films. I thought, upon seeing this film years ago, that some characters (Eastwood) spoke in English, and other characters in Italian. Who knows, maybe some spoke Spanish or German. Must make for an interesting acting job. I rarely notice a movie's music, but the original score by Ennio Morricone was so fitting. Probably the best match of film and music up to that time, and only bested by Hugh Montenegro(?) in "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly". A very good movie. Grade: A
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