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A Fistful of Dollars Details


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 Akira Kurosawa (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 Clint Eastwood (1965) and Clint Eastwood (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


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
Carla Calo
Daniel Martin
as Julian
Bruno Carotenuto
as Antonio Baxter
Sieghardt Rupp
as Esteban Rojo
Richard Stuyvesant
as Chico
Aldo Sambrell
Benito Stefanelli
as Rubio
Raf Baldassarre


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