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Release Date:
18 January 1967 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
This short cigar belongs to a man with no name. This long gun belongs to a man with no name. This poncho belongs to a man with no name. He's going to trigger a whole new style in adventure. See more »
Plot:
A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Joe

Marianne Koch ... Marisol

Gian Maria Volonté ... 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
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)

Mario Brega ... Chico (as Richard Stuyvesant)
Bruno Carotenuto ... Antonio Baxter (as Carol Brown)

Aldo Sambrell ... Rojo gang member (as Aldo Sambreli)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raf Baldassarre ... Juan De Dios (uncredited)
Luis Barboo ... Baxter Gunman 2 (uncredited)
Frank Braña ... Baxter Gang Member (uncredited)
José Canalejas ... Rojo Gang Member (uncredited)
Juan Cortés ... Cavalry Captain (uncredited)
Álvaro de Luna ... Rojo Gang Member (uncredited)
Nino Del Arco ... Jesus (uncredited)
Jose Halufi ... Rojo Gang Member (uncredited)
Frank Kalvow ... (uncredited)
Lee Miller ... Man at Bar (uncredited)
Antonio Molino Rojo ... Baxter Gang Member (uncredited)
Antonio Moreno ... Juan de dios (uncredited)
Nazzareno Natale ... Rojo Gang Member (uncredited)
José Orjas ... (uncredited)
Manuel Peña ... (uncredited)

Antonio Pica ... Rojo Gang Member (uncredited)
Nosher Powell ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Julio Pérez Tabernero ... Baxter Gunman 4 (uncredited)
José Riesgo ... Mexican Cavalry Captain (uncredited)
Lorenzo Robledo ... Baxter Gunman #1 (uncredited)
Enrique Santiago ... Fausto, Rojo Gang Member (uncredited)
Umberto Spadaro ... Miguel - Rojo Gunman (uncredited)
Fernando Sánchez Polack ... Rojo Gang Member Crushed by Wine Cask (uncredited)
William R. Thompkins ... Baxter Gang Member (uncredited)
Edmondo Tieghi ... Mexican soldier (uncredited)
Antonio Vico ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Sergio Leone 
 
Writing credits
Adriano Bolzoni (story) (as A. Bonzzoni) &
Víctor Andrés Catena (story) &
Sergio Leone (story)

Víctor Andrés Catena (screenplay) &
Jaime Comas Gil (screenplay) (as Jaime Comas) &
Sergio Leone (screenplay)

Fernando Di Leo  uncredited
Duccio Tessari  uncredited
Tonino Valerii  uncredited

Produced by
Arrigo Colombo .... producer (as Harry Colombo)
Giorgio Papi .... producer (as George Papi)
Piero Santini .... assistant producer (as Peter Saint)
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone  (as Dan Savio)
 
Cinematography by
Massimo Dallamano (photography) (as Jack Dalmas)
Federico G. Larraya 
 
Film Editing by
Roberto Cinquini  (as Bob Quintle)
Alfonso Santacana 
 
Art Direction by
Carlo Simi  (as Charles Simons)
 
Set Decoration by
Sigfrido Burmann 
Francisco Rodríguez Asensio (setting) (as Asensio)
Carlo Simi  (as Charles Simons)
 
Makeup Department
Dolores Clavel .... hair stylist
Alberto Gutiérrez .... makeup artist
Sam Watkins .... makeup artist
José Luis Pérez .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
José María Sánchez .... makeup department head (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jaime Comas Gil .... production manager
Ramón Crespo .... production manager
Franco Palaggi .... production manager (as Frank Palance)
Günter Raguse .... production manager (as Gunter Raguse)
Fernando Rossi .... unit manager (as Fred Ross)
Anselmo Zabala .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Franco Giraldi .... assistant director (as Frank Prestland)
Julio Sempere .... assistant director
Mario Caiano .... assistant director (uncredited)
Tonino Valerii .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Adolfo Cofiño .... assistant set decorator
Luis Ocaña .... property master
Rafael Pérez Murcia .... assistant set decorator
 
Sound Department
Elio Pacella .... sound (as Edy Simson)
 
Special Effects by
Manuel Baquero .... special effects
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects (as John Speed)
 
Stunts
Benito Stefanelli .... stunt coordinator
Benito Stefanelli .... stunts
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
William R. Thompkins .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stelvio Massi .... camera operator (as Steve Rock)
Eduardo Noé .... second assistant camera
Ramón Sempere .... first assistant camera
José Sánchez .... camera operator
José María Sánchez .... camera operator
Julio Wizuete .... still photographer
 
Animation Department
Iginio Lardani .... animator: title animation (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
María Casado .... wardrobe
Carlo Simi .... costumes (as Charles Simons)
 
Editorial Department
Alicia Castillo .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Ennio Morricone .... conductor (as Dan Savio)
Alessandro Alessandroni .... music arranger: choral (uncredited)
Michele Lacerenza .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Clint Eastwood .... western advisor: Italian prints only
Robert Lowell .... adaptation: english dialogues (as Mark Lowell)
Jerónimo Montoro .... production assistant
Marta Pons .... production assistant
María Antonia Puerta .... script supervisor
Piero Santini .... production secretary (as Peter Saint)
William R. Thompkins .... technical adviser (as W.R. Thompkins)
Marisol de Villanueva .... direction secretary
Eugenio Villar .... production assistant
Tilde Watson .... script girl
Ferruccio Amendola .... voice dubbing: Antonio Molino Rojo (uncredited)
Giorgio Capecchi .... voice dubbing: Wolfgang Lukschy (uncredited)
Elena Dressler .... interpreter (uncredited)
Lauro Gazzolo .... voice dubbing: Josef Egger (uncredited)
Nando Gazzolo .... voice dubbing: Gian Maria Volonté (uncredited)
Sergio Graziani .... voice dubbing: Benito Stefanelli (uncredited)
Géneviève Hersent .... publicist (uncredited)
Oreste Lionello .... voice dubbing: Raf Baldassarre (uncredited)
Anna Miserocchi .... voice dubbing: Margarita Lozano (uncredited)
Luigi Pavese .... voice dubbing: José Calvo (uncredited)
Nino Pavese .... voice dubbing: Daniel Martin (uncredited)
Bruno Persa .... voice dubbing: Sieghardt Rupp (uncredited)
Mario Pisu .... voice dubbing: Antonio Prieto (uncredited)
Enrico Maria Salerno .... voice dubbing: Clint Eastwood (uncredited)
Rita Savagnone .... voice dubbing: Marianne Koch (uncredited)
Renato Turi .... voice dubbing: Mario Brega (uncredited)
Tonino Valerii .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Per un pugno di dollari" - Italy (original title)
"For a Fistful of Dollars" - International (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title), USA (literal English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence (re-rating) (1993)
Runtime:
99 min
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:R (original rating) | Australia:MA (re-rating) (2004) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:18+ (TV rating) (on some TV networks) | Canada:G (Quebec) (re-rating) (2003) | Finland:K-16 (re-rating) (cut) (1977) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1967) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating: special edition DVD) (2005) | UK:15 (video rating: DVD audio commentary by Sir Christopher Frayling) (2004) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1999) (2002) | UK:AA (re-rating) (1981) | USA:M (Approved No. 21386) (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating) (1993) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This has been described as the first "spaghetti western", but when this film was made, there had already been about 25 such westerns produced in Italy. This was, however, the first to receive a major international release.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Joe meets Don Miguel, the suit of armor has holes in it. In the plaza, when the Rojos are partying, the suit of armor has no holes in it until Ramon shoots it. It would seem the Joe/Don Miguel scene was shot after the plaza party scene.See more »
Quotes:
Joe:You shoot to kill, you better hit the heart. Your own words, Ramone.
[Ramone fires off two shots, but The Man With No Name stands right back up]
Joe:The heart, Ramone. Don't forget the heart. Aim for the heart, or you'll never stop me.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Wages of Sin (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sweet Betsy from PikeSee more »

FAQ

Is this movie based on a book?
Does the Man With No Name actually have a name?
What is a "spaghetti western"?
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94 out of 132 people found the following review useful.
The Star Wars of westerns..., 22 September 2001
Author: mentalcritic from Southern Hemisphere

When Per un pungo di dollari, or A Fistful Of Dollars, was released in the mid-1960s, the term "Spaghetti Western" was coined as a putdown to these brazen new films that dared to recreate the Wild West in a place as far away as Italy. However, the last laugh was shared by the Italian directors, whose new style of portraying Colonial America in a realistic style rather than the romanticised way that was characteristic of John Wayne and his contemporaries will be remembered long after the films of the romanticised style are no more.

The plot is indescribably simple, as Clint Eastwood simply wanders into a town where gang warfare has stripped the economy to the point where only the local undertaker makes a profit and turns the two warring families against one another. Sergio Leone's best-known trademark, his dynamic use of widescreen ratios, comes to the fore here as Clint shares a film frame with no less than four of his enemies, all of whom have plenty to say to him and vice versa. This is one film where a pan and scan transfer is purely and simply vandalism. Some of the dialogue that is included here absolutely takes the cake for cleverness and wit, too. Asking four gunslingers to apologise to a horse, well, if it wasn't a man as famous for playing a gunslinger as Clint Eastwood, it'd be ridiculous.

Transplanting old Samurai legends into the Wild West works well, as you can see here. Simply having an old mercenary who travels the land in search of wrongs to right and battles to be fought makes the story a lot more compelling than the Westerns where we are told every iota of the characters' motivations in the hope that it will give them some depth. The element of the main hero not getting involved in every scuffle that the bad guys cause, our semi-nameless hero's ignoring a drunken thug shooting at a little boy being the most obvious example, was another master stroke, one that got Eastwood involved in doing the film to begin with. The confrontation at the end of the film works well, too, with pyrotechnics exploding all over the picture in a bright display that keeps the film powerful and yet focused at the same time.

All in all, Per un pungo di dollari gets nine out of ten from me. The lack of any interesting support characters does dull the story a little, but this mistake was quickly rectified in the two sequels. The addition of Lee Van Cleef also worked well, but in this effort, it's all Clint Eastwood, and while the rest of the cast are nowhere near as interesting, it's all a better watch than anything the Americans were lumping out at the time.

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