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A Fistful of Dollars

Clint Eastwood  Actor Marianne Koch  Actor Gian Maria Volontè  Actor Wolfgang Lukschy  Actor Mario Brega  Actor

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Contains:Questionable for Children,Western Violence

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A Fistful of Dollars

Theatrical Release Date: 1967 01 18 (USA)

UPC: 027616077387

Studio: MGM

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Questionable for Children, Western Violence]

Summary: 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

Category: Western

Features: Restored and remastered film
Feature commentary by noted film historian Sir Christopher Frayling
"A New Kind of Hero" featurette
"A Few Weeks In Spain": Clint Eastwood on the experience of making the film
"Tre Voci": Three friends remember Sergio Leone
"Not Ready for Primetime": Renowned filmmaker Monte Hellman discusses the television broadcast of A Fistful of Dollars
The Network Prologue, with Harry Dean Stanton
"Location comparisons Then to Now": Film clips intercut with current footage of the locations used
Ten radio spots
Double-bill trailer

A Fistful of Dollars

Format: DVD

Release Date: 06/05/2007

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Cinemascope

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, DD1 Dolby Digital Mono

Runtime: 100 Minutes

Sides: 2

Number of Discs: 2

Language(s) English

Subtitles: English,Spanish,French

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- A Fistful of Dollars
1. Chapter 1 [:09]
2. Chapter 2 [2:22]
3. Chapter 3 [2:23]
4. Chapter 4 [2:33]
5. Chapter 5 [3:23]
6. Chapter 6 [2:05]
7. Chapter 7 [1:07]
8. Chapter 8 [2:29]
9. Chapter 9 [2:42]
10. Chapter 10 [2:03]
11. Chapter 11 [3:13]
12. Chapter 12 [3:18]
13. Chapter 13 [1:58]
14. Chapter 14 [2:01]
15. Chapter 15 [1:20]
16. Chapter 16 [3:51]
17. Chapter 17 [2:44]
18. Chapter 18 [1:56]
19. Chapter 19 [3:47]
20. Chapter 20 [1:19]
21. Chapter 21 [:49]
22. Chapter 22 [1:34]
23. Chapter 23 [1:27]
24. Chapter 24 [5:47]
25. Chapter 25 [:58]
26. Chapter 26 [2:46]
27. Chapter 27 [1:37]
28. Chapter 28 [3:08]
29. Chapter 29 [2:30]
30. Chapter 30 [3:13]
31. Chapter 31 [4:11]
32. Chapter 32 [3:33]
33. Chapter 33 [6:29]
34. Chapter 34 [4:02]
35. Chapter 35 [1:04]
36. Chapter 36 [4:28]
37. Chapter 37 [5:15]
38. Chapter 38 [:07]
39. Chapter 39 [:00]

Brendon Hanley

The hugely influential A Fistful of Dollars launched the careers of star Clint Eastwood, director Sergio Leone, and composer Ennio Morricone. Essentially a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo, the film was one of the first low-budget, Italian-made "spaghetti westerns" to reap a significant amount of money and develop a cult following in the U.S. marketplace. Though John Ford's 1956 film The Searchers marked the of end the traditional western, Leone's "Man with No Name" trilogy ushered in a new, highly stylized version of the genre, revitalizing it in the late 1960s. Dollars and its companions, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, are raw portrayals of suffering and violence which blur the lines of good-versus-bad. Eastwood's cold, squinting, anti-hero is at the heart of the new amorality; it would be a role that would influence the rest of his career. For Leone, the trilogy would be a training ground for his masterpiece, the big-budgeted Once Upon a Time in the West. Morricone went on to become one of the most prolific, instantly recognizable composers in movie history. ~ Brendon Hanley, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Carla Calo  Actor 
Aldo Sambrell  Actor 
Daniel Martin  Actor 
Benito Stefanelli  Actor 
Raf Baldassarre  Actor 
José Calvo  Actor 
Richard Stuyvesant  Actor 
Sieghardt Rupp  Actor 
Bruno Carotenuto  Actor 
Sergio Leone  Director 
Sergio Leone  Screenwriter 
Ennio Morricone  Composer (Music Score) 
Duccio Tessari  Screenwriter 
Arrigo Colombo  Producer 
Giorgio Papi  Producer 
Victor A. Catena  Screenwriter 
G. Schock  Screenwriter 
Clint Eastwood  Actor 
Marianne Koch  Actor 
Gian Maria Volontè  Actor 
Wolfgang Lukschy  Actor 
Mario Brega  Actor 
Carol Brown  Actor 
Antonio Prieto  Actor 
Josef Egger  Actor 
Benny Reeves  Actor 
Pepe Calvo  Actor 
Margarita Lozano  Actor 

Country: Italy,Spain,West Germany