A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari) (1964)

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Critic Consensus: With Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo as his template, Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars helped define a new era for the Western and usher in its most iconic star, Clint Eastwood.


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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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Western , Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Jaime Comas Gil, Sergio Leone, Víctor Andrés Catena, Duccio Tessari, G. Schock
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 19, 2001
Runtime:
MGM Home Entertainment

Cast


as Ramon Rojo

as Marisol

as Esteban Rojo

as John Baxter

as Antonia Baxter

as Benito Rojo

as Consuela Baxter

as Silvanito

as Antonio Baxter

as Piripero

as Juan De Dios

as Chico
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Critic Reviews for A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari)

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (6)

Once in a great while a western comes along that breaks new ground and becomes a classic of the genre.

Full Review… | May 23, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

This is a hard-hitting item, ably directed, splendidly lensed, neatly acted, which has all the ingredients wanted by action fans and then some.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

From Clint Eastwood's iconic performance to Ennio Morricone's unforgettable (and much-parodied) musical score, A Fistful of Dollars (****) took the western down trails it had never explored.

June 22, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Though far less operatic and satisfying than Leone's later work, his first spaghetti Western with Eastwood still looks stylish, if a little rough at the edges.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Egregiously synthetic but engrossingly morbid, violent film.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Westerns were never the same after Sergio Leone.

Full Review… | December 29, 2011
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari)

Not quite up to its reputation, if only because Eastwood & Leone went on to make better.

All the elements are here though - cool as fuck Clint w/ his black stub cigar and his inscrutable squint - Morricone's wonderfully stark music and Leone's devastating widescreen compositions. Above all this may be the first western without a white hat It's greed, violence and death, played out in the mythic filthy Texas desert.

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Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

The Man With No Name: When a man's got money in his pocket he begins to appreciate peace.

A FIstful of Dollars is Sergio Leone's first in his Spaghetti Western trilogy, centering around a drifter with no name. This isn't my favorite of the trilogy, but it is a great film in its own right. This is the movie that made Clint Eastwood into a star and also the first great film from Leone. So its importance goes without saying. The plot is that of Kurosawa's Yojimbo, substitute gunfighters for samurai's.

This film is beautifully shot, with extreme close ups and well framed shots. Sergio Leone took the spaghetti western and made it a relevant genre, while also breathing new life into a dying genre; the American Western.

Certainly a film that needs a viewing. You don't have to love westerns to enjoy any of the films in Leone's trilogy. You only have to be able to enjoy great filmmaking and that's what A Fistful of Dollars is.

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

½

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