A Fistful of Dollars (1964) Italy
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Director:Monte Hellman, Sergio Leone
Studio:MGM (Video & DVD)
Producer:Giorgio Papi, Arrigo Colombo
Writer:A. Bonzzoni, Víctor Andrés Catena
Date Added:2006-03-27
Awards:1 win
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Sound:Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles:English, Spanish, French
Features:Full Screen
Monte Hellman, Sergio Leone  ...  (Director)
A. Bonzzoni, Víctor Andrés Catena  ...  (Writer)
Clint Eastwood  ...  Joe
Marianne Koch  ...  Marisol
Gian Maria Volontè  ...  Ramón Rojo (as John Wells)
Wolfgang Lukschy  ...  John Baxter (as W. Lukschy)
Sieghardt Rupp  ...  Esteban Rojo (as S. Rupp)
Joseph Egger  ...  Piripero (as Joe Edger)
Antonio Prieto  ...  Don Benito Rojo
José Calvo  ...  Silvanito (as Jose Calvo)
Margarita Lozano  ...  Consuelo Baxter (as Margherita Lozano)
Daniel Martín  ...  Julián
Benito Stefanelli  ...  Rubio (as Benny Reeves)
Mario Brega  ...  Chico (as Richard Stuyvesant)
Bruno Carotenuto  ...  Antonio Baxter (as Carol Brown)
Aldo Sambrell  ...  Rojo gang member (as Aldo Sambreli)
Gian Maria Volonté  ...  Ramón Rojo (as Johnny Wels)
Harry Dean Stanton  ...  Prison Warden .version 1977
Comments: 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.

Summary: A Fistful of Dollars launched the spaghetti Western and catapulted Clint Eastwood to stardom. Based on Akira Kurosawa's 1961 samurai picture Yojimbo, it scored a resounding success (in Italy in 1964 and the U.S. in 1967), as did its sequels, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The advertising campaign promoted Eastwood's character--laconic, amoral, dangerous--as the Man with No Name (though in the film he's clearly referred to as Joe), and audiences loved the movie's refreshing new take on the Western genre. Gone are the pieties about making the streets safe for women and children. Instead it's every man for himself. Striking, too, was a new emphasis on violence, with stylized, almost balletic gunfights and baroque touches such as Eastwood's armored breastplate. The Dollars films had a marked influence on the Hollywood Western--for example, Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch--but their most enduring legacy is Clint Eastwood himself. --Edward Buscombe