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June 28, 2017
Per un Pugno di Dollari é muito fiel ao seu estilo faroeste, difícil perceber algo que sobressaia do formato Bang-Bang, é um clássico que abriga um dinossauro do cinema: Clint Eastwood. Roteiro simples e direção suficiente.
June 23, 2017
A fistful of dollars is a film that I consider to be a work of art; Since the soundtrack is very good and stays in the head up to the photograph which is good; Not to mention the script that binds you in history; You will never know what will happen; You wait and be surprised; A great movie
½ June 16, 2017
I've watched Yojimbo (1961) many times but couldn't remember whether I'd seen this film from Sergio Leone's Man with No Name trilogy or not. You can see why Kurosawa and co. successfully sued to get a part of the profits - Clint Eastwood effectively takes over the Toshiro Mifune character, albeit transplanted to the West (although Yojimbo clearly borrowed from the western genre too). Of course, Eastwood brings his own unique iconography (lots of squinting) to the part just as Mifune had earlier (lots of scratching) - both were larger than life (and went on to play the same character in one or more sequels). Leone uses the widescreen gloriously and the Spanish terrain is a good stand in for the Mexican setting. The plot famously sees the Man/Samurai arriving in a lawless town and playing two rival gangs off against each other until both are dead and he can ride away with all of their money. He's tough, cool, and in some ways more moral than the rest. The bad get what's coming to them and the innocent and vulnerable are set free, all to the magnificent sounds of Ennio Morricone. I still can't remember if I'd seen this before (or one or both of its sequels), so there is something about the blur of characters here (aside from Eastwood, of course, and Gian Maria Volontè as Ramon) that makes it difficult to stick. For my money, I prefer Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) or Akira Kurosawa, for that matter. Still, you can't deny the trailblazing effect of Leone's trilogy and Eastwood's dogged longevity.
June 15, 2017
The beginning to "A man with no name" Sergio Leone creates a western masterpiece that still holds up today. A Fistful of Dollars may not be as good as The Good The Bad and The Ugly but it is still a great film. Clint Eastwood is the ultimate smart, witty, and dangerous man. This film paved the way for Westerns.
June 4, 2017
about as realistic as most Westerns, which is to say not realistic whatsoever, and as such tedious to watch. A waste of a few hours. Not one interesting or believable story line.
June 1, 2017
Stealing only from the best of cinema, both Western and Eastern, director Sergio Leone and actor Clint Eastwood debut strongly in A Fistful of Dollars, a low-budget film in the Wild West centered on a drifter (Eastwood) caught in a feud between two rival gangs in a town held hostage. Some tropes have not stood the test of time too well (ex. Damn the pride of a ruthless killer, foregoing strategy for principles), others have stood well (ex. Every action sequence, most prominently the now classic "showdown" stance... though Leone would soon perfect this in later movies). Add some refreshing twists, like the complete absence of exposition for Eastwood's character, and you have a pretty good Western action flick.
May 20, 2017
The first great western of Mr. Eastwood's great career!
You need to see it!
April 30, 2017
Clint Eastwood is a true cowboy!
February 23, 2017
Clint Eastwood. Sergio Leone. Boom.
½ February 19, 2017
It's unfortunate Clinton has shown his right wing political extreme opinions. I can no longer enjoy any of his cool western movies. Very sad to see his legacy turned into a pile of crap with his bigoted anti black president rants.
February 19, 2017
Really good film to watch as a newcomer to Western films... Awesome. Great acting, soundtrack, visual style and story
½ January 27, 2017
Great western. Sergio Leone knocks another one out of the park. Not quite as good as Once Upon a Time in the West but still amazing.
½ January 25, 2017
The best film in "The Man With No Name Trilogy". Clint Eastwood has already perfected the look and his style in one of his first Western movies. I found his character to be most likable in this film compared to the other two in the series. The camerawork was magnificent. It's definitely a classic that everybody should see once. (First and only viewing - 7/15/2010)
January 21, 2017
10 out of 10:

Packed with plenty of action to satisfy western fans, A Fistful of Dollars helped western films along with its great directing and acting.
January 21, 2017
been so long... need to watch it again
½ December 30, 2016
Flashes of brilliance are buried under an obviously minuscule budget and a plot that I couldn't follow even when Kurosawa was telling it (the most simple of political intrigue generally just flies right over my head). Even if he gets better later, Leone's already pretty great at the tension before a gunfight, and it's never boring in spite of its janky B-movie pacing (my god, the exposition; I'd hate to see the version before Eastwood removed half the dialogue). Not a great movie, but trashy fun.
December 4, 2016
Yes it's a Western interpretation of Yojimbo, and it's a good one.
Super Reviewer
November 30, 2016
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 would make after, you can already find here the seeds of his unique directing style and the introduction of Eastwood's sullen anti-hero, The Man With No Name.
November 29, 2016
'A Fistful of Dollars' is beautifully photographed and cleverly directed. The only one of the 'Dollars Trilogy' with the Man with No Name as the protagonist, this translates Kurosawa's 'Yojimbo' almost masterfully.
The Japanese family values presented in 'Yojimbo' are easily translated into Italian values in 'A Fistful of Dollars'. The film is rife with subtle religious symbolism, from the Rojos' party resembling Da Vinci's Last Supper, to Marisol and her family fleeing to their own Egypt, to Joe, a morally ambiguous 'Christ' figure, being resurrected.
While Clint Eastwood's performance isn't as brassy and confident as Toshiro Mifune's, he has an easygoing slyness about him.
Gian Maria Volonte is the film's Unosuke, Ramon Rojo, and he is having a blast, figuratively and literally.
The thing about this movie is that it's quaint. The cinematography is cleaner than in 'Django', but not as splashy as the photography in 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly', 'Once Upon a Time in the West' or 'Duck, You Sucker!' (all of which are courtesy of Tonino Delli Colli). It's small scale, but very pretty to look at.
The dubbing is hit and miss. The actor or actress picked to dub the little boy, Jesus, is absolutely terrible. However, the rest of the voice actors are fine.
All in all, give it a whirl. You'll find plenty to enjoy.
November 25, 2016
Excellent kick off for this trilogy. Clint as the man with no name. Not as good as the good, the bad and the ugly, but still a great watch.
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