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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Marianne Koch was a huge star in her native Germany so it was somewhat of a surprise when she agreed to appear in the film in what is essentially a non-speaking role. (She has one line of dialogue in the film.) See more »

Goofs

When Joe and the Shop Keeper see the soldiers leaving town in the morning, the Shop Keeper is getting dressed and leaves his pants unbuttoned and shirt askew from center. Then the next scene in the same room his pants are completely button and his shirt opening is centered and buttoned up. See more »

Quotes

Baxter gunman #1: [to Joe] Well, I suppose you could try getting a job as a scarecrow.
Baxter Gunman 2: No, the crows are liable to scare him maybe.
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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 »

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A western classic and the movie that launched the careers of Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood.
31 May 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'A Fistful Of Dollars' is a wonderful movie which, despite having an enormous following of fans around the world, sometimes gets unfairly dismissed in my opinion. For two reasons - firstly because the second and third movie in Leone/Eastwood "Man With No Name" trilogy ('For A Few Dollars More' and 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly') are so damn good it's easy to overlook this one. Despite being made on a much tighter budget and being less ambitious than the sequels to follow, it's still one of the greatest westerns ever made in my opinion. The second reason is the Yojimbo thing. Now movie buffs frequently slam 'A Fistful Of Dollars' as being a rip off of Kurosawa's 'Yojimbo', which I think is extremely misleading. I'm not disputing that Leone was familiar with Kurosawa (I have no idea one way or the other), but one name I rarely hear ANYONE mention is Dashiel Hammett. Hammett's hard boiled crime classic 'Red Harvest' was published THIRTY YEARS before 'Yojimbo' and features the same central premise of an anti-hero playing two rival groups off against each other. So if anyone deserves acknowledgement as uncredited inspiration for Leone (AND Kurosawa) it's Hammett. Anyway, this is an absolutely brilliant movie and it launched Clint Eastwood, a popular TV actor, into being a major movie star, and likewise put Sergio Leone on the map. I can't recommend 'A Fistful Of Dollars' highly enough, it's pure entertainment, and very, very cool!


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