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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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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 Miguel Benito 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>

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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 »

Genres:

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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

According to "Once Upon a Time in the Italian West" by Howard Hughes, Sergio Leone spotted a tree, while on location, that he thought would be perfect for the hanging tree at the beginning of the film, so the tree was dug up and relocated. See more »

Goofs

When the Rojo gang ambush the Mexican army unit the gun Ramon uses to kill all the troops is a Mitrailleuse volley gun. Each barrel had to be laboriously loaded by hand before all barrels were fired together in a single volley. However, the film shows the volley gun being used as a form of machine gun. The only machine gun around at the time was the hand-cranked Gatling gun which the soundtrack also seems to depict. See more »

Quotes

Joe: [Newly arrived in San Miguel, looking over the town from a balcony] Who are they?
Silvanito: Hmm. Bandits. Bandits and smugglers. They come down from Texas. They cross the frontier to stock up on guns and liquor. The cost is much less here. Then they go back and sell the guns and liquor to the Indians.
Joe: Any town that sells guns and liquor has gotta' be a rich one.
Silvanito: Not the town. Only those who buy and sell, and the bosses are the ones who clean up.
Joe: Yeah? Somebody has to run the place. Every town has a boss.
Silvanito: ...
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Alternate Versions

When the film first aired on American TV (ABC) in August 1977, a network executive ordered the creation of a new prologue (directed by Monte Hellman) to give a moral justification for the lead character's killings: a prison warden (Harry Dean Stanton) commutes "The Man With No Name's" sentence if he goes to San Miguel and restores order to the town. Neither Eastwood or Leone participated in this new sequence ("The Man With No Name" is seen only from the rear), and this distortion of Leone's creative vision has reportedly been dropped from subsequent presentations. This prologue can be found on the Special Edition DVD and later Blu-Ray release along with an interview with Harry Dean Stanton about its making and sourcing from a Betamax copy of the ABC American TV broadcast. See more »

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"Yojimbo" Revisited - The Beginning of the Spaghetti Westerns
15 August 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

A drifter gunman (Clint Eastwood) arrives in the Mexican village of San Miguel in the border of United States of America, and befriends the owner of the local bar Silvanito (Jose Calvo). The stranger discovers that the town is dominated by two gangster lords: John Baxter (W. Lukschy) and the cruel Ramón Rojo (Gian Maria Volontè – a.k.a. John Wells). When the stranger kills four men of the Baxter's gang, he is hired by Ramón's brother Esteban Rojo (S. Rupp) to join their gang. However, the stranger plots a scheme working for both sides and playing one side against the other.

"Per un Pugno di Dollari" is a milestone in the history of the cinema, since the genre of "Spaghetti Westerns" didn't really exist previous to this movie. Sergio Leone used the storyline of Akira Kurosawa's "Yojimbo", replacing the samurai without a master ("ronin") Sanjuro Kuwabatake performed by Toshirô Mifune and the scenario of the rural Japanese town in Nineteenth Century by the stranger without a name (Clint Eastwood) and a small Mexican town in the border of the Wild and Far West. The result is a magnificent and remarkable movie, and beginning of the trilogy of Clint Eastwood's character Joe, who proves that "a man with a rifle beats a man with .45", completed by "Per Qualche Dollaro in Più" and "Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo", . My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Por um Punhado de Dólares" ("For a Fistful of Dollars")


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