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 described the set, "We had no electricity; we didn't have a trailer with a toilet. We just went out behind rocks." See more »
Joe cuts his bulletproof breastplate out of the middle of what appears to be a boiler. It would have been impossible for him to have done this with just the hand tools he had at his disposal. See more »
Don Miguel Rojo:
That's the right idea? You didn't misunderstand?
I get the wrong idea only when it suits me.
You are well informed, eh?
A man's life in these parts often depends on a mere scrap of information. Your brother's own words.
Tell me. Why are you doing this for us?
[Holds out his hand with a response that is almost a question]
Five hundred dollars.
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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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