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A Fistful of Dollars

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


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

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A Fistful of Dollars

Theatrical Release Date: 1967 01 18 (USA)

UPC: 883904236429

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: The Christopher Frayling Archives: Fistful of Dollars
Feature commentary by noted film historian Sir Christopher Frayling
A New Kind of Hero
A Few Weeks in Spain: Clint Eastwood on the experience of making the film
Tre Voci: Fistful of Dollars
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
10 radio spots
Double Bill trailer

A Fistful of Dollars

Format: Blu-ray

Release Date: 08/02/2011

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Cinemascope

Audio: DHMA, DD1 Dolby Digital Mono, DDM2.0 Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, DTS Digital Theater Systems

Runtime: 99 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,Spanish,French

Subtitles: Spanish,French

Region: Blu-ray region A (North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia)

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: 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 
Raf Baldassarre  Actor 
Carla Calo  Actor 
José Calvo  Actor 
Bruno Carotenuto  Actor 
Sieghardt Rupp  Actor 
Daniel Martin  Actor 
Richard Stuyvesant  Actor 
Aldo Sambrell  Actor 
Benito Stefanelli  Actor 

Country: Italy,Spain,West Germany