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A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

Per un pugno di dollari (original title)
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A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

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Sergio Leone (as Bob Robertson)

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Adriano Bolzoni (story) (as A. Bonzzoni), Mark Lowell (dialogue) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clint Eastwood ... Joe
Marianne Koch ... Marisol
Gian Maria Volontè ... Ramón Rojo (as John Wells) (as Johnny Wels)
Wolfgang Lukschy Wolfgang Lukschy ... John Baxter (as W. Lukschy)
Sieghardt Rupp ... Esteban Rojo (as S. Rupp)
Joseph Egger Joseph Egger ... Piripero (as Joe Edger)
Antonio Prieto ... Don Benito Rojo / Don Miguel Rojo
José Calvo José Calvo ... Silvanito (as Jose Calvo)
Margarita Lozano ... Consuelo Baxter (as Margherita Lozano)
Daniel Martín ... Julián (as Daniel Martin)
Benito Stefanelli Benito Stefanelli ... Rubio (as Benny Reeves)
Mario Brega ... Chico (as Richard Stuyvesant)
Bruno Carotenuto Bruno Carotenuto ... Antonio Baxter (as Carol Brown)
Aldo Sambrell ... 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A town where everyone is rich... or dead See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | Spain | West Germany

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

18 January 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fistful of Dollars See more »

Filming Locations:

Aldea del Fresno, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,500,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The actress who played the role of Marisol was German born Marianne Koch, who interrupted her medical studies to enter acting in 1950. In 1971, she quit acting to resume these studies, becoming a doctor in 1974 Her medical career in Germany as a specialist lasted until 1997. Simultaneously, she hosted a very successful TV talk show named "3 nach 9" (Three After Nine), earning a "Grimme-Preis," considered to be the German equivalent of the Emmy. As of at least 2014, she hosted medical advice programs on German radio. See more »

Goofs

The scene where the Baxter's and Rojo's exchange prisoners, when Marisol begins to move forward on her horse, there is a window in the BG that reveals there is no back wall to the building and the distant landscape can be clearly seen through it. See more »

Quotes

Esteban Rojo: My name is Esteban Rojo, my bother asked me to... what are you doing?
Joe: Moving.
Esteban Rojo: Don't you know all our men sleep here with us?
Joe: Well that's all very cozy, but I don't find you men all that appealing.
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Alternate Versions

The original British theatrical release had about 4 minutes cut by the BBFC. Many closeup shots of bloodied faces and bodies (including the body of Chico) were removed, as well as a shot of Ramon dripping blood from his mouth. The main cuts however were to the beating up of Eastwood, which lost a hand stomping scene, and extensive cuts to the assault on the Baxters house which was cut to shorten the overall sequence by removing all shots of men on fire and the shooting of Consuela Baxter (the cut version removes the shot of her falling backwards). The 1999 MGM video and DVD releases are fully uncut and the same as the USA DVD release. See more »

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Soundtracks

Sweet Betsy from Pike
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Written by John A. Stone
Performed by Clint Eastwood
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A pioneering Western
19 March 2001 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

A classic. The first, or one of the first, films to introduce the concept of the Western antihero. Sergio Leone pioneered a lot of things here. The brightness, the oppressive sunlight. The ugly brutality of Western gunfights, that had always been cleaned up in Hollywood. I understand that Leone's occasional framing of the shooter and his victims in the same shot was not allowed at the time in American films. I thought, upon seeing this film years ago, that some characters (Eastwood) spoke in English, and other characters in Italian. Who knows, maybe some spoke Spanish or German. Must make for an interesting acting job. I rarely notice a movie's music, but the original score by Ennio Morricone was so fitting. Probably the best match of film and music up to that time, and only bested by Hugh Montenegro(?) in "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly". A very good movie. Grade: A


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