The Spaghetti Western was directed by Sergio Leone and starred Clint Eastwood in his first leading role in which he was reportedly paid $15,000, alongside Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy, Sieghardt Rupp, José Calvo, Antonio Prieto, and Joseph Egger.
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The film was initially released in Italy in 1964 and didn’t receive its Us release until three years later in 1967. It was followed by For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, also starring Eastwood. Collectively, the films are known as the “Dollars Trilogy”, or “The Man with No Name Trilogy”. All three films were later released in sequence in the United States in 1967, catapulting Eastwood into stardom.