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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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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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In his own way he is, perhaps, the most dangerous man who ever lived! 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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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,500,000
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Clint Eastwood's trademark squint was caused by the combination of the sun and high-wattage arc lamps on the set. See more »

Goofs

In the hostages exchange scene, when Marisol is still at the other end of the main street, Ramón tells her quietly, "Go to him, Marisol". This must be an error in editing as her child only runs into the street later. See more »

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[Having said "get three coffins ready" earlier]
Joe: My mistake. Four coffins...
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Sweet Betsy from Pike
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Written by John A. Stone
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The first of the three
2 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

'A Fistful of Dollars' is the first from Sergio Leone's trilogy about "The Man with No Name". The other two movies are 'For a Few Dollars More' and the famous 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'. Although 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' is considered the best this one comes pretty close. It is a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 'Yojimbo' and it comes also pretty close to that movie. It was also the first real Spaghetti Western.

Clint Eastwood is "The Man with No Name" who comes to a small town where two families run the place. Both families hate each other and he thinks he can make a lot of money with playing both parties against each other. This is basically the main story. There are some sub-plots, one of them involves Marisol (Marianne Koch) who is taken by a leader of one of the families. Her husband and child still live in the town.

For me it was not the story that made this movie interesting. It was the whole atmosphere. I like all Leone's westerns for that reason. Of course some are better than others, but they are never boring. The way we see Eastwood kill four man early in the movie is simply spectacular.

This no 'Once Upon a Time in the West' or even 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' but we have the same atmosphere, the same kind of score by Ennio Morricone and a Clint Eastwood at the beginning of a great career.


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