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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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This is the man with no name. Danger fits him like a glove. See more »

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Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Gian Maria Volontè didn't speak English at all so was dubbed in this film. However, he was contractually obligated to speak English for the sequel, For a Few Dollars More (1965), so he had to learn the language specially. See more »

Goofs

During the ambush of the 60-some soldiers, there are no bullets hitting either bodies, the sand, or in the background, and not one drop of blood is spotted, although the soldiers are acting like they are hit, there is not one bullet hole among them. See more »

Quotes

Joe: [He's hiding in an empty coffin outside the coffin-maker's shop] Come here.
Piripero: I can't see anybody.
Joe: Come here!
Piripero: [Goes over to a coffin on a wagon; Joe is inside] Dios mio!... What are you doing in there?
Joe: Never mind. Get me out of here.
Piripero: But, you're not dead yet.
Joe: I will be, if you don't get me out of here, quick. Get that lid down!
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Referenced in Obugyosama! Part 2 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Betsy from Pike
(uncredited)
Written by John A. Stone
Performed by Clint Eastwood
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"Yojimbo" Revisited - The Beginning of the Spaghetti Westerns
15 August 2008 | by See 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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