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A Fistful of Dollars

"In his own way he is, perhaps, the most dangerous man who ever lived!"

R 1964-09-12 Western 1hr 39m

The Man With No Name enters the Mexican village of San Miguel in the midst of a power struggle among the three Rojo brothers and sheriff John Baxter. When a regiment of Mexican soldiers bearing gold intended to pay for new weapons is waylaid by the Rojo brothers, the stranger inserts himself into the middle of the long-simmering battle, selling false information to both sides for his own benefit.

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The Man With No Name enters the Mexican village of San Miguel in the midst of a power struggle among the three Rojo brothers and sheriff John Baxter. When a regiment of Mexican soldiers bearing gold intended to pay for new weapons is waylaid by the Rojo brothers, the stranger inserts himself into the middle of the long-simmering battle, selling false information to both sides for his own benefit.

  • Released
    1964-09-12
  • Revenue
    $14,500,000
  • Budget
    $200,000
  • Runtime
    1hr 39m
  • Genre
    Western
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    Italiano, Español
  • imdb-logo
    7.9
  • Production
    Jolly Film, Ocean Films, United Artists, Constantin Film

Crew

Sergio Leone
Director
Sergio Leone
Screenplay
Arrigo Colombo
Producer

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Cast

Wolfgang Lukschy

Wolfgang Lukschy

John Baxter
Sieghardt Rupp

Sieghardt Rupp

Esteban Rojo
Antonio Prieto

Antonio Prieto

Don Benito Rojo / Don Miguel Rojo
José Calvo

José Calvo

Silvanito
Margarita Lozano

Margarita Lozano

Consuelo Baxter
Bruno Carotenuto

Bruno Carotenuto

Antonio Baxter
Aldo Sambrell

Aldo Sambrell

Rojo Gang Member
Lorenzo Robledo

Lorenzo Robledo

Baxter Gunman #1 (uncredited)
Antonio Molino Rojo

Antonio Molino Rojo

Baxter Gunman #2 (uncredited)
Luis Barboo

Luis Barboo

Baxter Gunman #3 (uncredited)
Juan Cortés

Juan Cortés

Cavalry Captain (uncredited)
William R. Thompkins

William R. Thompkins

Baxter Gunman (uncredited)
Fernando Sánchez Polack

Fernando Sánchez Polack

Rojo Gang Member Crushed by Wine Cask (uncredited)
José Canalejas

José Canalejas

Rojo Gang Member (uncredited)
Jose Halufi

Jose Halufi

Rojo Gang Member (uncredited)
Nino Del Arco

Nino Del Arco

Jesus (uncredited)
Antonio Moreno

Antonio Moreno

Juan De Dios (uncredited)
Frank Braña

Frank Braña

Baxter Gunman (uncredited)
Álvaro de Luna

Álvaro de Luna

Rojo Gang Member (uncredited)
Lee Miller

Lee Miller

Man at Bar (uncredited)
José Orjas

José Orjas

(uncredited)
Manuel Peña

Manuel Peña

(uncredited)
Antonio Pica

Antonio Pica

Rojo Gang Member (uncredited)
Julio Pérez Tabernero

Julio Pérez Tabernero

Baxter Gunman (uncredited)
José Riesgo

José Riesgo

Mexican Cavalry Captain (uncredited)
Umberto Spadaro

Umberto Spadaro

Miguel - Rojo Gunman (uncredited)
Peter Tevis

Peter Tevis

The Balladeer (voice) (uncredited)
Edmondo Tieghi

Edmondo Tieghi

Mexican Soldier (uncredited)
Antonio Vico

Antonio Vico

(uncredited)
Luis Rodríguez

Luis Rodríguez

Rojo Gang Member (uncredited)
Antonio Montoya

Antonio Montoya

Rojo Gang Member (uncredited)

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Movie Reviews

Reviews for A Fistful of Dollars
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A Review by AshJohann 8

Written by AshJohann on 2020-12-22

Funny child acting, nonsense sense of distance, bad dubbing and weak dialogue bring down an otherwise magnificent film. A Western remake of ... read more

Funny child acting, nonsense sense of distance, bad dubbing and weak dialogue bring down an otherwise magnificent film. A Western remake of Yojimbo, it's remarkable how such a simple story can lend itself to such a great experience. The atmosphere is built up masterfully - with stunning cinematography, striking close-ups, beautifully constructed mise-en-scene, a fantastic performance from Eastwood, Moricone's ever powerful music, and a lovely overabundance of laughing - all culminating in one of the best showdowns in cinematic history.

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A Review by Venti_Pro

Written by Venti_Pro on 2021-08-09

Even better than I remember. The story was more interesting than I remembered. The Man With No Name is more fun in this movie than I remembe... read more

Even better than I remember. The story was more interesting than I remembered. The Man With No Name is more fun in this movie than I remembered. The side characters are more interesting than I remembered. My only complaints are that some of the acting and parts of the script could be better. This is really epic movie that I would not mind watching again!

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A Review by r96sk 9

Written by r96sk on 2022-01-10

A supremely entertaining western from 1964! I will say the dubbing nature of <em>'A Fistful of Dollars'</em> is a little distracting earl... read more

A supremely entertaining western from 1964! I will say the dubbing nature of <em>'A Fistful of Dollars'</em> is a little distracting early on, but by the time the opening portion concluded I was incredibly interested in what was happening onscreen. The pacing is excellent, thanks to some very fine cinematography, great action sequences and a top notch score. Clint Westwood debuts as a leading movie star and is terrific throughout, portraying the wonderfully named J̶o̶e̶ "the Man with No Name". It's little surprise these are the films that truly made him. Away from Eastwood, I really enjoyed the trio that played the Rojo brothers - Gian Maria Volonté (aka Johnny Wels), Sieghardt Rupp and Antonio Prieto. They're just as important as the main man and play the roles superbly. Bring on the sequels!

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A Review by drystyx 1

Written by drystyx on 2023-04-18

Leone almost single handedly destroyed the Western. But it wasn't "single handed" because he had help from the critics who were even bigger... read more

Leone almost single handedly destroyed the Western. But it wasn't "single handed" because he had help from the critics who were even bigger hacks than Leone was. Here, we have a movie based on Yojimbo, which is called a classic by some, though I doubt it is truly a classic. "Seven Samurai" is a classic, but not "Yojimbo". Still, "Yojimbo" is better than this, because too much is lost in translation here. It's a thoroughly unmotivated movie about totally unmotivated characters. The only interesting bit in here is a quip about the equine that No Name (Eastwood) rides. Well, that's because the equine is the ONLY interesting and credible character in the entire movie. Somehow, No Name thinks he can massacre what appears to be at least fifty gunmen without a scratch, yet he says at the end he doesn't take risks. It's just a bunch of killing and shooting and noise with no motivation. For "bang per buck", it's one of the poorest payoffs ever. Only "The Wild Bunch" scores a worse "bang per buck" than this with its dullness for all the gun play. When the dollar trilogy came out, only the crack heads and total dope heads thought it was cool, so the critics placated them. Now, those people are in authority, God help us, and have fooled following generations into the idea that this garbage is "classic". Talk about the emperor's new clothes, we see it illustrated here.

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A Review by Geronimo1967 7

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-11-05

With barely enough cash to buy a drink, drifter "Joe" (Clint Eastwood) rides into a small, pretty war-torn town near the US/Mexican border. ... read more

With barely enough cash to buy a drink, drifter "Joe" (Clint Eastwood) rides into a small, pretty war-torn town near the US/Mexican border. He makes friends with the bar owner "Silvanito" (José Calvo) and pretty quickly finds himself drawn into the brutal quarrelling between "Baxter" (Wolfgang Lukschy) and his nemesis "Rojo" (Gian Maria Volonté). When he kills a few of the former man's troops, it's the brother of the latter who offers him a job. Turns out that "Joe" is a bit more shrewd than that though, and so he decides that the best solution is the enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend - he can divide, sit it out a bit, and conquer - with considerable riches to be gained if his admittedly quite dangerous manipulation can succeed. Clint Eastwood is a fine exponent of the less is more style of acting. His expressions, his eyes, even his distinctive gait allow the character to develop effortlessly as this story takes a route that isn't as predictable (or easy) as you might expect. The supporting cast also work well to epitomise a small-town, brutal and venal mentality with plenty of action and hysterical laughter to keep the story moving along to a classic Morricone score set amongst the grubby and basic adobe homes. Sergio Leone does not feel the need to drag this out for hours - it's an almost perfectly paced piece of nasty, gripping, cinema that is really well worth a watch on a big screen if you can.

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A Review by AshJohann

Funny child acting, nonsense sense of distance, bad dubbing and weak dialogue bring down an otherwise magnificent film. A Western remake of Yojimbo, it's remarkable how such a simple story can lend itself to such a great experience. The atm...

reviewer avatar

A Review by AshJohann 8

Written by AshJohann on 2020-12-22

Funny child acting, nonsense sense of distance, bad dubbing and weak dialogue bring down an otherwise magnificent film. A Western remake of Yojimbo, it's remarkable how such a simple story can lend it...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Venti_Pro

Written by Venti_Pro on 2021-08-09

Even better than I remember. The story was more interesting than I remembered. The Man With No Name is more fun in this movie than I remembered. The side characters are more interesting than I remembe...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by r96sk 9

Written by r96sk on 2022-01-10

A supremely entertaining western from 1964! I will say the dubbing nature of <em>'A Fistful of Dollars'</em> is a little distracting early on, but by the time the opening portion concluded I was in...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by drystyx 1

Written by drystyx on 2023-04-18

Leone almost single handedly destroyed the Western. But it wasn't "single handed" because he had help from the critics who were even bigger hacks than Leone was. Here, we have a movie based on Yojim...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Geronimo1967 7

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-11-05

With barely enough cash to buy a drink, drifter "Joe" (Clint Eastwood) rides into a small, pretty war-torn town near the US/Mexican border. He makes friends with the bar owner "Silvanito" (José Calvo)...

read more