For a Few Dollars More (Per Qualche Dollaro in Più)

1965

For a Few Dollars More (Per Qualche Dollaro in Più)

Critics Consensus

With Clint Eastwood in the lead, Ennio Morricone on the score, and Sergio Leone's stylish direction, For a Few Dollars More earns its recognition as a genre classic.

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This pulse-pounding follow-up to Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars brings back Clint Eastwood as the serape-clad, cigar-chewing "Man With No Name." Engaged in an ongoing battle with bounty hunter Col. Douglas Mortimer (Lee Van Cleef), the Man joins forces with his enemy to capture homicidal bandit Indio (Gian Maria Volontè). Both the Eastwood and Van Cleef characters are given understandable motivations for their bloodletting tendencies, something that was lacking in A Fistful of Dollars. In both films, however, the violence is raw and uninhibited -- and in many ways, curiously poetic. Leone's tense, tight close-ups, pregnant pauses, and significant silences have since been absorbed into the standard spaghetti Western lexicon; likewise, Ennio Morricone's haunting musical score has been endlessly imitated and parodied. For a Few Dollars More was originally titled Per Qualche Dollaro in Più; it would be followed by the last and best of the Man with No Name trilogy, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Lee Van Cleef
as Col. Douglas Mortimer
Mario Brega
as Indio's Gang
Joseph Egger
as The Old Man
Luigi Pistilli
as Indio's Gang
Klaus Kinski
as Hunchback
José Egger
as Old Man
Mara Krup
as Hotel Manager's Wife
Aldo Sambrell
as Indio's Gang
Benito Stefanelli
as Indio's Gang
Sergio Leone
as Whistling
Roberto Camardiel
as Tucumcari station clerk
Luis F. Rodriguez
as Manuel, Member of Indio's Gang
Panos Papadopoulos
as Sancho Perez, Member of Indio's Gang
Diana Rabito
as Calloway's beautiful girl in tub
Giovanni Tarallo
as Santa Cruz telegraphist
Mario Meniconi
as Train Conductor
Lorenzo Robledo
as Tomaso, Indio's Traitor
Tomas Blanco
as Tucumcari sheriff
Werner Abrolat
as Slim, Member of Indio's Gang (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for For a Few Dollars More (Per Qualche Dollaro in Più)

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (5)

  • Leone's artful editing of close-ups to communicate the characters' spatial relationships is always a pleasure.

    Aug 13, 2012 | Full Review…
  • A hard-hitting western with upper-case values out of the busy Italo stable, this is a topnotch action entry.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • A significant step forward from A Fistful of Dollars, with the usual terrific compositions, Morricone score, and taciturn performances, not to mention the ubiquitous flashback disease.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The fact that this film is constructed to endorse the exercise of murderers, to emphasize killer bravado and generate glee in frantic manifestations of death is, to my mind, a sharp indictment of it as so-called entertainment in this day.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Here is a gloriously greasy, sweaty, hairy, bloody and violent Western. It is delicious.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Lean, mean, atmospheric and blackly comic spaghetti western by the team who all but invented the genre, well deserving of its reputation as one of the era's very best.

    Aug 13, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for For a Few Dollars More (Per Qualche Dollaro in Più)

  • Aug 25, 2013
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    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2013
    For a Few Dollars more is everything a great sequel to a great film should be, adding onto its original with a brand new concept and a fresh story to prolong whatever was dynamic about the original. Here we see Clint's extinguished Western outlaw in a partnership to take down another vicious killer, Indio, who has a dark past through a musical pocket watch with a timeless chime. When I think about Westerns, this is exactly what I envision. Men armed with a scenario of life or death for an opportunity that can be only taken once and is gone with the speed of an oncoming bullet. Perfection once again.
    Jackson W Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2012
    For a few dollars more, you can get "A Fistful of Dollars" and its sequel; a $30 value for only $14.99. This title really does sound like paid programming, and hey, I can understand why, because I'd imagine that around this time, Sergio Leone couldn't stop thinking about money after Akira Kurosawa's lawsuit. It would appear as though "A Fistful of Dollars" was either ripping off more than just other westerns or just ripping off westerns so much that it actually fell into the trope of being a westernization of an Akira Kurosawa film. Man, with "Seven Samurai" turning into "The Magnificent Seven" and "Rashomon" turning into "The Outrage", I'm willing to bet my own fistful of dollars and a few dollars more that if Terrence Malick ever does a western, it will probably be a remake of "Dreams"... or "I Saw Dream Like This" or "Such Dreams I Have Dreamed" or "Yume" or whatever that movie that no one - including myself - saw is called. Those Japs are sure weird with their titles, whether they're making it too long and descriptive or simply giving it too many alternate names, though not quite as many alternate names as some of these Sergio Leone westerns, especially "Duck, You Sucker!" or "A Fistful of Dynamite" or "Once Upon a Time... the Revolution" or "Giù la testa", all of which really were the same film, and I mean that literally, not in that they were all following a formula, or at least not as far as titles are concerned, because Leone was clearly not that good at coming up with titles outside of "A Fistful of" or "Once Upon a Time". Hey, maybe Leone should have been a little bit more formulaic with his titles, because this is officially supposed to be the "Dollar Trilogy", so I have no idea where he got the title "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" after two movies with "Dollars" featured pretty prominently in the titles, or, for that matter, where he even came up with "Dollars" in the titles to begin with, because I'm not noticing a whole lot that has to do with money in these films. Hey, Leone could title these films anything he wanted to, just as long as those titles were attached to a good film, something that this film definately is, though not without a few hiccups. Running nearly 40 minutes longer than "Fistful", this would be considered quite the expanded sequel, when really, the film, as a story, is not that much longer, with the rest of time is filled out by long periods of pointless, dragging nothingness. I'm kidding, it's not just the slower points that meditative on total nothingness, for although the story is very much broader and more layered, the film limps far too often, getting to its point at a far too steady pace, or at least it feels that way, seeing as how the transitions between character focus are so jarring that the breaks in the exiting story really glare. It's good to see that Sergio Leone was working on taking out that hurried feeling that plagued his preceding films, but maybe this film is a little loose, feeling a touch limp in its progression, with a dry dilution of consistent oomph and even a few dull points making it all the worse. The film is not at all consistently boring, though it is steady to a fault and only occasionally with steam, being plagued by loose story structure and some spots in the in story flow. Were the film tighter, it would have been a superior sequel, and yet, as it stands, it breaks even enough to come out on par, at least. Sure, the film takes its sweet time getting to the point, yet the wait itself is enjoyable enough to get you by until it reaches its point, which is, of course, worth that wait. In the latter parts of "Fistful", grit and bruality audaciously kicked in and pulled a lot of gutsy moves that upped tension and intrigue. This film is more consistent with that grit, maybe not to where it transcends its many dry spells and storytelling faults, but the film has the guts to pull some unique and heavy twists and turns, and knows how to use them, with Sergio Leone manipulating the offputting environment - really brought to life by fine production designs - and Ennio Morricone's sweeping, defining score as effective supplements to the atmosphere, which may not always deliver on the oomph, but really hits hard when it does, especially when the tension-riddled and well-staged action comes into play. Still, although the film's expansion gives us an extra dose of raw grit, the added layers and scope also gives the film more room for entertainment, and while that entertainment value lapses quite a bit throughout the film, there are more points where the film does fill those openings for entertainment. The film's focus is more versatile, with more characters feeling written more like genuine humans and less like plot devices, and the performers behind those characters make that additional depth all the stronger. Charm and memorable uniqueness is found in even some of the most briefly-present, while the highter roles earn investment, whether it be Lee Van Cleef as the reliably skilled, yet offputtingly mysterious Colonel Douglas Mortimer or Gian Maria Volonté as the effective love-to-hate dirtbag antagonist El Indio. Still, we all know that it's gonna come down to Clint Eastwood, who once again brings home fiery charisma and compelling mystery as out nameless protagonist, further solidifying his presence as both a worthy icon and deeply involving lead. The film is not at all spotless, yet it pulls moves that are strong enough to evoke the predecessor, whether when your placing something on par with a strength in "Fistful" or deeming something better, and with plenty of depth to break up, if not intensify entertainment, this follow-up stands as a worthy companion piece, as well as its own enjoyable piece. In the end, the hurrying that plagued Sergio Leone's previous efforts have all but diminished, yet this film makes up for that with many a long period of nothingness, made worse by faults in storytelling, some dull spots and a consistent underwhelming dryness in the air, leaving the film to run the risk of falling beneath the enjoyment value of the predecessor, only to split the difference by adding more scope and audacious depth, grit and tension to make more powerful the fair deal of truly engaging moments and sharp action, while retaining general entertainment value, intensified by a slew of charismatic performances - especially those by leads Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonté and, of course, the real man's man with no name, Clint Eastwood -, thus making "For a Few Dollars More" an overall satisfying and compelling equal continuation to Leone's classic saga. 3/5 - Good
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2012
    Though not as essential as its predecessor, For A Few Dollars more shows Leone's style evolving. Nice addition with Lee Van Cleef as well.
    Graham J Super Reviewer

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