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A Fistful of Dollars

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Overview

By the time Sergio Leone made this film, Italians had already produced about 20 films ironically labelled "spaghetti westerns." Leone approached the genre with great love and humor. Although the plot was admittedly borrowed from Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo 1961, Leone managed to create a work of his own that would serve as a model for many films to come. Clint Eastwood plays a cynical gunfighter who comes to a small border town and offers his services to two rivaling gangs. Neither gang is aware of his double play, ...
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Overview

By the time Sergio Leone made this film, Italians had already produced about 20 films ironically labelled "spaghetti westerns." Leone approached the genre with great love and humor. Although the plot was admittedly borrowed from Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo 1961, Leone managed to create a work of his own that would serve as a model for many films to come. Clint Eastwood plays a cynical gunfighter who comes to a small border town and offers his services to two rivaling gangs. Neither gang is aware of his double play, and each thinks it is using him, but the stranger will outwit them both. The picture was the first installment in a cycle commonly known as the "Dollars" trilogy. Later, United Artists, who distributed it in the U.S., coined another term for it: the "Man With No Name" trilogy. While not as impressive as its follow-ups For a Few Dollars More 1965 and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 1966, A Fistful of Dollars contains all of Leone's eventual trademarks: taciturn characters, precise framing, extreme close-ups, and the haunting music of Ennio Morricone. Not released in the U.S. until 1967 due to copyright problems, the film was decisive in both Clint Eastwood's career and the recognition of the Italian western.
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The hugely influential A Fistful of Dollars launched the careers of star Clint Eastwood, director Sergio Leone, and composer Ennio Morricone. Essentially a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo, the film was one of the first low-budget, Italian-made "spaghetti westerns" to reap a significant amount of money and develop a cult following in the U.S. marketplace. Though John Ford's 1956 film The Searchers marked the of end the traditional western, Leone's "Man with No Name" trilogy ushered in a new, highly stylized version of the genre, revitalizing it in the late 1960s. Dollars and its companions, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, are raw portrayals of suffering and violence which blur the lines of good-versus-bad. Eastwood's cold, squinting, anti-hero is at the heart of the new amorality; it would be a role that would influence the rest of his career. For Leone, the trilogy would be a training ground for his masterpiece, the big-budgeted Once Upon a Time in the West. Morricone went on to become one of the most prolific, instantly recognizable composers in movie history.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2013
  • EAN: 5039036059633
  • Original Release: 1964
  • Source: Imports
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 86,479

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood The Man with No Name
Marianne Koch Marisol
Gian Maria Volonté Ramon Rojo
Wolfgang Lukschy John Baxter
Mario Brega Chico
Carol Brown Antonia Baxter
Antonio Prieto Benito Rojo
Josef Egger Piripero
Benny Reeves Rubio
Pepe Calvo Silvanito
Margarita Lozano Consuela Baxter
Raf Baldassarre
Carla Calo
José Calvo Silvanito
Bruno Carotenuto Antonio Baxter
Sieghardt Rupp Esteban Rojo
Daniel Martin Julian
Richard Stuyvesant Chico
Aldo Sambrell
Benito Stefanelli Rubio
Technical Credits
Sergio Leone Director, Screenwriter
Victor A. Catena Screenwriter
Roberto Cinquini Editor
Arrigo Colombo Producer
Massimo Dallamano Cinematographer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Giorgio Papi Producer
G. Schock Screenwriter
Carlo Simi Costumes/Costume Designer
Duccio Tessari Screenwriter
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fistful of Pleasure

    This movie is a pleasure to the senses. Visually, it is both beautiful and hard, capturing the complexity of the ''Hero''--who, from the first instant, we know will be unlike what we have come to expect from heroes. To the sense of sound, this movie is equally satisfying, with a soundtrack that nearly sends shivers up the spine. But it doesn't stop there. No, the filming and pacing is so tight, so cool, that at times you can feel the night wind on your skin, taste the tequila on your tongue, and smell the Hero's blood as it dries, all the while knowing that when the blood dries, the spurs will click again and the guns will resume their fire.

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