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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.

Director:

Sergio Leone (as Bob Robertson)

Writers:

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>

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A Fistful of Dollars is the first motion picture of its kind. It won't be the last! See more »

Genres:

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Clint Eastwood's contract for Rawhide (1959) prohibited him from making movies in the United States while on break from the series. However, the contract did allow him to accept movie assignments in Europe. See more »

Goofs

The wagon with the gold has 3 windows, all with red cloth covering them. During the scene of the ambush the middle cloth was white, not red. 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

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 »


Soundtracks

Sweet Betsy from Pike
(uncredited)
Written by John A. Stone
Performed by Clint Eastwood
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The movie that started it all
7 October 2003 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

Clint Eastwood was best known to American audiences for his role as Rowdy Yates in the series Rawhide. The series had ended and he was offered this strange new and challenging role in this movie of the American West that was made in Italy! Eastwood said his wife read that script and liked it. She said it was really "wild" because it was written in Western "slang" by Italians who really didn't understand English. He did this picture almost as a lark, and then read that it had become one of the biggest hits in Europe and then when it was released in America it outgrossed even the most popular current American films and made Clint Eastwood both a star and a phenomenon. Its strange to me that the best films ever made about the American west should have been made by Sergio Leone, an Italian who couldn't even speak English. Clint Eastwood said that all he knew in Italian was "arrevadershi" and all Leone knew in English was "goodbye" and yet these two combined to make an awesome film. As the poncho clad "Man With No Name", Eastwood created a role that hit us like a punch in the face and really re-defined the definition of the true Western hero. Eastwood tore out pages and pages of the dialogue and reduced his character to the bare bones to make him more mysterious. Leone said that he clad Eastwood in that sweat stained serepe to give him a cloak of mystery and put the cheroot in his mouth as a pendant between his two cold eyes and it worked like a charm. He broke all the rules and re-defined screen violence. I read that Leone wanted to make a blood and guts Western and show to the audience "I want them to feel what the hell it is like to get shot" and he does it! The scene where Clint is beaten to a pulp is one of the most graphic that you will ever see. It would have killed most other men!


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