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A 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:
... Joe
... Marisol
... Ramón Rojo (as John Wells) (as Johnny Wels)
Wolfgang Lukschy ... John Baxter (as W. Lukschy)
... Esteban Rojo (as S. Rupp)
Joseph Egger ... Piripero (as Joe Edger)
... Don Miguel Benito Rojo
José Calvo ... Silvanito (as Jose Calvo)
... Consuelo Baxter (as Margherita Lozano)
... Julián (as Daniel Martin)
Benito Stefanelli ... Rubio (as Benny Reeves)
... Chico (as Richard Stuyvesant)
Bruno Carotenuto ... Antonio Baxter (as Carol Brown)
... 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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Taglines:

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 »

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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

When it was released in its home country, A Fistful of Dollars (1964) grossed more than any other Italian film before it. See more »

Goofs

When Joe and the Shop Keeper see the soldiers leaving town in the morning, the Shop Keeper is getting dressed and leaves his pants unbuttoned and shirt askew from center. Then the next scene in the same room his pants are completely button and his shirt opening is centered and buttoned up. See more »

Quotes

John Baxter: Wait! Ramon! We'll pack up we'll leave, anything!
Ramon Rojo: Are you sure Baxter?
John Baxter: I swear it Ramon.
Ramon Rojo: Maybe you should discuss it with your wife. I don't think she'll be too happy!
[shoots him]
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Version of Yojimbo (1961) See more »

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Sweet Betsy from Pike
(uncredited)
Written by John A. Stone
Performed by Clint Eastwood
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A fistful of style
25 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

The first of Sergio Leone's "spaghetti westerns" is now overshadowed by its superior successors, but remains an exciting introduction to this peculiar genre. Clint Eastwood redefined the notion of a hero in this film, a man who seems to operate by a code but doesn't feel the need to explain it. Although the U.S. advertising campaign billed Eastwood's character as "The Man With No Name," a name is one thing he does have - Joe - but almost everything else about him is a mystery except for his deadly proficiency with a gun. Leone's style would be more pronounced in later films, but this one provided the template. Eastwood is superb, of course, as is Gian Maria Volante (billed as Johnny Wells) as his deadly opponent, Ramon Rojo. If it's slow moving at times, the music of Ennio Morricone always takes up the slack.


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