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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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(as Bob Robertson)

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(story) (as A. Bonzzoni), (dialogue) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Joe
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Ramón Rojo (as John Wells) (as Johnny Wels)
Wolfgang Lukschy ...
John Baxter (as W. Lukschy)
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Esteban Rojo (as S. Rupp)
Joseph Egger ...
Piripero (as Joe Edger)
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José Calvo ...
Silvanito (as Jose Calvo)
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Consuelo Baxter (as Margherita Lozano)
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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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A Fistful of Dollars is the first motion picture of its kind. It won't be the last! See more »

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Western

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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

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,500,000
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sergio Leone warmed to Clint Eastwood very quickly and joked that he had only two expressions: with hat or without hat. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Chico: 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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Connections

Referenced in NYPD Blue: The Bank Dick (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Betsy from Pike
(uncredited)
Written by John A. Stone
Performed by Clint Eastwood
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OK, but suffers from comparison with the original.
11 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

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.

5/10


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