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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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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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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Gross:

ESP 134,156,214 (Spain)
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Trivia

A remake of Yojimbo the Bodyguard (1961), which itself was based on the as yet unadapted 1929 novel "Red Harvest" by Dashiell Hammett. In fact, the film's US release was delayed when "Yojimbo" screenwriters Akira Kurosawa and Ryûzô Kikushima sued the filmmakers for breach of copyright. Kurosawa and Kikushima won, and as a result received 15% of the film's worldwide gross and exclusive distribution rights for Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. Kurosawa said later he made more money off of this project than he did on Yojimbo the Bodyguard (1961). 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 »

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Juan De Dios: You'll get rich here, or you'll be killed. Juan De Dios tolls the bell again.
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Good Western
13 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Fistful of Dollars(1964) is a stylish western that begin the era of the Italian Western as well as being responsible for the rise to stardom for then TV actor, Clint Eastwood. He was not the first choice to play the main character but got the role due to the fact there no one left to offer the role to. Two people who were offered the role of the man with no name were Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda(four years later Charles Bronson takes the lead role in Once Upon a Time in the West after Clint Eastwood was the first choice for the part). A Fistful of Dollars was inspired and remade from Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo(1961). Many crew members from A Fistful of Dollars ended up directing themselves like for instance, Fernando Di Leo, Duccio Tessari, and Massimo Dallamano. Sergio gives a colorful and crude portrayal of The Wild West around the Texas-Mexico border. Both A Fistful of Dollars and Yojimbo are based on an obscure Italian play called "the man with two masters". This was also the film that introduced the cinema world to film musician, Ennio Morricone. Although not as good as later films, A Fistful of Dollars is still a terrific Western


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