A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari) Reviews
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.
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.
I was really astonished how timeless the movie is. Even after 50 years, it still is mesmerizing & super-cool.
A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.
The first of Sergio Leone's "Nameless Man" series started with a bang in 1964 with "A Fistful of Dollars". Clint Eastwood finally got his big break in the Italian Cinema here as a drifter who happens along a small Mexican village which has been torn apart by two criminal families (one led by Gian Maria Volonte and the other by Wolfgang Lukschy). Of course it is up to Eastwood to put the families against one another, save the townspeople and also make a little money in the process. The plot is pretty simple, but the film is done so well by Leone that its numerous shortcomings can be overlooked. "A Fistful of Dollars" was proof that the Western could go into a dark place where violence and adult situations are always constants.
I loved this film and still do. Its stylish! This is the guy that all the boys wanna be like.
He's cool, smooth and rough at the same time, but he's also smart and importantly... he's got a Big Gun. His mysteriousness keeps things interesting making us boys wanna be like him and girls wanna be with him.
Its a Classic! The flow of the story is quite simple and I guess the simplicity makes this film quite a beauty.
Its old but its definitely a goody! I watched this not long ago in 2009 and its still very enjoyable to watch despite its release date.
If you haven't seen it yet then go and watch it or buy it. It's only $10(New Zealand Currency) which is around about $7(U.S.A Currency) so its not that expensive unless you buy the copy with DVD extras which is a "Few Dollars More".
When you think of traditional western heroes, people like John Wayne and Henry Fonda come to mind. Good natured men with some sort of mission or conflict to resolve. When Clint Eastwood comes onto the screen in the opening of A Fistful of Dollars, he is there to cause trouble. He has little morals, has no problem killing a few people or a whole lot of people, talks only as much as necessary and looks like one of the bad guys; enter the anti-hero. Clint Eastwood‚??s Man With No Name is one of the most iconic and important performances of the 20th Century. He gave birth to a entire new breed of character, many movies and people wouldn‚??t exist without him. For this being Clint Eastwood‚??s first lead role it‚??s even more impressive. He does things like no other actor had or will ever do because he‚??s one of the most unique artists of his generation. Many pass him off as a rough action star, but he‚??s much more than that. He trained alongside Marlon Brando, fought his way to the top and never gave into the Hollywood system. He does things his way and I completely worship him for it.
Lastly, there is the first major score from Ennio Morricone. It‚??s an incredibly important part of the film because like many of the other aspects, it‚??s extremely original. Without the theme music to The Man With No Name, I don‚??t know if it would be the same. From the opening titles, you know this is going to be a different kind of movie. Without this film, there wouldn‚??t be the second wave of westerns or a whole slough of other films that were influenced by this complete and utter masterpiece.
Dirty and violent, but operatic retellling of 'red harvest' set in a honorless west.
Based On Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece "Yojimbo" of 1961, "A Fistful Of Dollars" is not a simple remake, but a masterpiece based on another masterpiece (something very rare in film history) that definitely has its very own style. There is no doubt for me that both Kurosawa and Leone are two of the most important and brilliant directors of all time. I love "Yojimbo" as I love "Per Un Pugno Di Dollari" and I could not say which one I prefer.
The movie that made the Italian Western what it is, made Clint Eastwood a star as an actor and Sergio Leone a star as a director. It also made Ennio Morricone famous, who is arguably the most brilliant film score composer of all time, and it basically created the Western Anti Hero.
A cigar smoking stranger, the Man With No Name (Clint Eastwood) comes to San Miguel, a small town in the Mexican/American borderland, which is terrorized by two rival gangs of outlaws, lead by two families, the Baxters and the Rojos. He plays the two families against each other in order to free the town (his secondary reason) and earn a lot of money (his primary reason.
Clint Eastwood's performance as the Man With No Name (Joe in the credits) is superb. I can't remember any actor who has achieved the coolness of Clint Eastwood in the Dollar Trilogy, and I don't think any actor Ever will. But Clint Eastwood is not the only one who delivers an outstanding performance in "A Fistful Of Dollars". The great Gian Maria VolontŤ plays the crazy and villainous Ramůn Rojo with brilliance, VolontŤ represents insanity and evilness equally believable and superb as Eastwood represents Coolness.The supporting cast is also great, the beautiful Marianne Koch fits perfectly in the role of Marisol, a young mother who is held captured by Gian Maria VolontŤ's character Ramůn Rojo, who is in love with her. The supporting cast furthermore includes such great Spaghetti Western actors as Mario Brega, Aldo Sambrell and Benito Steffanelli, actors who have gained fame amongst Spaghetti Western fans, for roles such as those in "A Fistful of Dollars".
It is Ennio Morricone's iconic, brilliant score that gives this movie perfection. Morricone's scores are one of the most essential things about Sergio Leone's films, see "A Fistful Of Dollars" and you'll know what I mean.
"A Fistfull Of Dollars" is a superbly directed, violent film about selfishness, greed and hatred, full of black humor and spiced up with great dialogue. A masterpiece that is only excelled by its two successors, "Per Qualche Dollaro In Piý" aka. "For A Few Dollars More" and "Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo." aka. "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly" (which is my favorite movie of all-time), "A Fistful Of Dollars" is one of the movies that, in my opinion, everybody has to see. Brilliant and timeless, "Per Un Pugno Di Dollari" is a masterpiece that seems to get better each time I see it