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A Fistful of Dollars Details

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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. ~ Yuri German, Rovi

  • Release date:January 18, 1964

Cast

Clint Eastwood
as The Man with No Name
Marianne Koch
as Marisol
Gian Maria Volontè
as Ramon Rojo
Wolfgang Lukschy
as John Baxter
Mario Brega
as Chico
Josef Egger
as Piripero
Pepe Calvo
as Silvanito
Margarita Lozano
as Consuela Baxter
Aldo Sambrell
Benito Stefanelli
as Rubio
Raf Baldassarre
Carla Calo
Daniel Martin
as Julian
Sieghardt Rupp
as Esteban Rojo
Bruno Carotenuto
as Antonio Baxter
Richard Stuyvesant
as Chico

Crew

Sergio Leone
Director
Giorgio Papi
Producer
Arrigo Colombo
Producer
Duccio Tessari
Screenwriter
Sergio Leone
Screenwriter
Massimo Dallamano
Cinematographer
Ennio Morricone
Composer (Music Score)
Roberto Cinquini
Editor
Carlo Simi
Costume Designer
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