A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari) (1964)
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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Critic Reviews for A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari)
Once in a great while a western comes along that breaks new ground and becomes a classic of the genre.
This is a hard-hitting item, ably directed, splendidly lensed, neatly acted, which has all the ingredients wanted by action fans and then some.
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.
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.
Really little more than a series of loosely connected shoot-outs -- but, as Sergio Leone proved, there can be a lot of fun in that.
Audience Reviews for A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari)
Leone's classic that laid the ground for a new era for Westerns, and even though it is not as fantastic and visually stunning as what he made after, you can already see here the seeds of his unique directing style and the introduction of Eastwood's sullen anti-hero, The Man With No Name.
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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