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Fistful of Dollars (1964)

Per un pugno di dollari (original title)
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)
Esteban Rojo (as S. Rupp)
Joseph Egger ...
Piripero (as Joe Edger)
José Calvo ...
Silvanito (as Jose Calvo)
Consuelo Baxter (as Margherita Lozano)
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>

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 January 1967 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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As there were no replacement props, Clint Eastwood made a point of taking his costume home with him every night. See more »


When the Rojo gang ambush the Mexican army unit the gun Ramon uses to kill all the troops is a Mitrailleuse volley gun. Each barrel had to be laboriously loaded by hand before all barrels were fired together in a single volley. However, the film shows the volley gun being used as a form of machine gun. The only machine gun around at the time was the hand-cranked Gatling gun which the soundtrack also seems to depict. See more »


John Baxter: Wait! Ramon! We'll pack up we'll leave, anything!
Ramon Rojo: Are you sure Baxter?
John Baxter: I swear it Ramon.
Ramon Rojo: Maybe you should discuss it with your wife. I don't think she'll be too happy!
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A western classic and the movie that launched the careers of Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood.
31 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

'A Fistful Of Dollars' is a wonderful movie which, despite having an enormous following of fans around the world, sometimes gets unfairly dismissed in my opinion. For two reasons - firstly because the second and third movie in Leone/Eastwood "Man With No Name" trilogy ('For A Few Dollars More' and 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly') are so damn good it's easy to overlook this one. Despite being made on a much tighter budget and being less ambitious than the sequels to follow, it's still one of the greatest westerns ever made in my opinion. The second reason is the Yojimbo thing. Now movie buffs frequently slam 'A Fistful Of Dollars' as being a rip off of Kurosawa's 'Yojimbo', which I think is extremely misleading. I'm not disputing that Leone was familiar with Kurosawa (I have no idea one way or the other), but one name I rarely hear ANYONE mention is Dashiel Hammett. Hammett's hard boiled crime classic 'Red Harvest' was published THIRTY YEARS before 'Yojimbo' and features the same central premise of an anti-hero playing two rival groups off against each other. So if anyone deserves acknowledgement as uncredited inspiration for Leone (AND Kurosawa) it's Hammett. Anyway, this is an absolutely brilliant movie and it launched Clint Eastwood, a popular TV actor, into being a major movie star, and likewise put Sergio Leone on the map. I can't recommend 'A Fistful Of Dollars' highly enough, it's pure entertainment, and very, very cool!

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