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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


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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One of the best westerns in the world!
17 January 2001 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

Yesterday I had a wonderful chance to see "Per un pugno di dollari /A Fistful of Dollars" on a movie theater where it clearly belongs. For me as a fanatic Eastwood fan it truly was a bliss to view Clint's legendary breakthrough film and a mother of all spaghetti westerns on a big screen and to marvel Sergio Leone's astonishing directing! Rundown houses, dusty streets, shabby clothes and faces with lots of stubble and dirt are just something you have to watch as large as it's only possible. All that filth doesn't belong in a small television. Morricone's fantastic score makes the experience stunning.

I have to remind that this flick made Eastwood what he is today. Without it there wouldn't be no "Dirty Harry", "High plains drifter", "Unforgiven", "True Crime" or even "Every which way but loose". It's funny to state that although western is naturally an American genre, at least three of the best ones are made in Europe. Any of you who still don't know what I'm talking about, I mean Leone's Dollars trilogy. As it's said, "A Fistful of Dollars" is the first motion picture of it's kind. It is and it looks like a pretty cheap production but it became one of the most memorable westerns ever. I'm not revealing anything significant if I say that the undertaker got what he wanted the most: work.

Clint's character is just magnificent: he's witty, smart and dangerous and he doesn't take s**t from anybody, not even from guys who "insult his mule". Eastwood is the kind of a hero I love and look up to. Even though this is something I would definitely call a perfect western (10 out of 10) best was yet to come in the shape of "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly". No disrespect to Kurosawa but this beats "Yojimbo" anytime. "Aim for the heart or you'll never stop me..."

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