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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While Chico carries Joe back to his room after the party, the camera shows Joe has no facial hair. Also, when Joe enters his room after the massacre, Rubio is a different actor; Ramón's mustache is parted. See more »
Our orders are to make sure he does not die... but also to make sure he regrets the day he was born.
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OK, but suffers from comparison with the original.
Well, I was late to see this movie. I only checked it out after I saw it on the top lists here. At the moment I didn't know it was a remake of Yojimbo by Akira Kurosawa. By a quirky coincidence I saw the latter movie only a day later and must say: To call "For a Fistfull of Dollars" a remake is almost an understatement. It's a ripoff.
The story is a total clone (OK, this is to be expected with a remake). The sets and camera angles are nearly identical, and even the jokes are stolen. After this experience my appreciation of the western sharply dropped. This is too early to be a homage (only 3 years later) and too uninspired for a remake.
Had the story and dialog been original I might have forgiven this movie it's small other failings (soundtrack, bad acting by everyone except Eastwood - and he's not really up to his usual standards here, either). But the way it is, there is really nothing to recommend the clone over the original.
Still, the original is brilliant. Detracting from that all I have said doesn't make "For a Fistfull of Dollars" a bad movie - merely a mediocre one.
My advice: If you have the choice, go check out Yojimbo instead.
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