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A Fistful of Dollars

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Fistful of Dollars
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"A mysterious gunman (Eastwood) has just arrived in San Miguel, a grim, dusty border town where two rival bands of smugglers are terrorizing the impoverished citizens. A master of the 'quick draw', the stranger soon receives offers of employment from each gang"--Container.
Title: A fistful of dollars
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Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2006
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: produced by Harry Colombo and George Papi ; directed by Sergio Leone
Notes: Widescreen (2.35:1) and standard (1.33:1) formats
Originally released as a motion picture in 1964
Includes theatrical trailer (2 min.); for other special features see interactive menus
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: "A mysterious gunman (Eastwood) has just arrived in San Miguel, a grim, dusty border town where two rival bands of smugglers are terrorizing the impoverished citizens. A master of the 'quick draw', the stranger soon receives offers of employment from each gang"--Container.
Branch Call Number: DVD Western FISTFUL
Credits: Photography by Jack Dalmas ; film editor, Bob Quintle ; music by Dan Savio.
Performers: Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, Johnny Wels, W. Lukschy, S. Rupp, Joe Edger.
System Details: DVD, dual-sided ; Dolby digital mono
Other Language: Dubbed into English from the original Italian; with optional English or French subtitles ; closed-captioned in English
Subject Headings: Gangs Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Spaghetti Westerns
Western films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Fiction films
Topical Term: Gangs
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Clint Eastwood as a wandering gunfighter who plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge. A Sergio Leone's classic, and listed by Quentin Tarantino as one of the top 20 Spaghetti Westerns.


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Jul 20, 2014
  • COURIER3 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I AM 76 YEARS OLD AND HAD NEVER SEEN THIS FIRST SPAGHETTI WESTERN BY EASTWOOD. VERY DISAPPOINTED. HEARD A REVIEW ON NPR RADIO CLINT EARNED $15,000 FOR THIS FLICK..
LATER ITALIAN WESTERNS HE EARNED A PERCENTAGE.SOUND TRACK IS MEMORABLE.

Oct 08, 2013
  • AGuyInAHat rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Classic Clint Eastwood Western oft forgotten by most critics. An unofficial remake of the Akira Kurosawa film Yojimbo, which resulted in a nasty lawsuit from Toho. Shaky production history aside, the film is very well done. Being a Sergio Leone movie, you can expect some grand wide-angle shots of the Mexican wilderness and plenty of Clint Eastwood squinting at the camera. The action is creative and well paced and once again Eastwood's character of the Man with No Name, which you will see again in For a Few Dollars More and, of course, the Good the Bad and the Ugly. Eastwood arrives in a town being ruled by two tyrannical families each making dirty dealings in weapons and liquor respectively. No Name shows his cleverness and thirst for justice by playing the two families against each other in a variety of great schemes, one of them including the dead bodies of two Confederate soldiers in a graveyard, resulting in a an unforgettable climax. Comparing this to the Kurosawa film it is based on would be a futile effort, in the Kurosawa film the idea has more life to it and the characters are more fleshed out and developed, with the Leone film, the story and characters are well done, but you feel a sense of distillation, like you're constantly reminded that something so much better is available. All in all, the film is great, but a tiny speck compared to its predecessor.

Feb 07, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very well done and interesting DVD movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding no falling asleep on this one. A++ DVD

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A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Directed by Sergio Leone,
Starring Clint Eastwood.

A review
by Liberty B. Charissage

Dollars is a interesting movie. Not just the first film of the Dollars Trilogy which includes The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, but also Sergio Leone’s first western. It’s a unofficial remake or at least heavily inspired by Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo. I’m sorry to state that I haven’t seen the great film Yojimbo, so I will not be making comparisons.

the Characters:
The main character is the man with no name, the title was actually made up by the U.S.A marketing team. A iconic figure who started with unpromising beginnings,with many drafts and a script calling him Ray, Clint Eastwood the actor finally was the one to make him the silent, cocky bastard we all know and love. Practically coming out of the ether yet still interesting, clever and good with a gun, the man who can’t fill in a name tag lives up to his non-existent name. I like him more in this movie than in his other appearances because he is more polite, which adds to him being cocky. The supporting cast includes a Bellringer, an Innkeeper, and a Coffinmaker who are the man with no name’s (I’m calling him Ray now) friends who explain the setting for Ray and us. The only other support people are the holy family who have fallen on hard times and are the movie’s only moral problem. They are helped by Ray showing us his morality. The bad guys are the gang called the Rojo led by Ramon. Wild, moody, talkative and almost sadistic, they’re great foils for Ray as well as good villains.

the Plot:
Ray comes to a town ruled by two gangs. One of them is the Rojo. Ray gets in the gangs’ war, but in the end destroys both gangs. Now this might seem boring but with colorful characters and good directing,it’s great. The only bad thing is that a few of the scenes feel dated and pointless, especially the opening scene.

Overall I think it’s pretty good. When you want to see a western, pick it up.

Lots of fightin' 'n' shootin' 'n' punchin'. Not an awful lot of logic. No one capable of establishing a major gang (even if of thugs) is going to build a headquarters with only one exit. Nobody seriously wanting to win a fight is only going to attack from the front. And where did the dollars go? Not to mention the gold. But, hey, it's a western ...

Jan 11, 2012
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great movie by Eastwood.

Jan 07, 2012
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A+ A must see!!!!

Jul 18, 2011
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of Eastwood's best movie.

May 15, 2011
  • owllover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great movie, it is one of those films that is ingrained in our culture. For R not violent at all, PG-13 now is a lot stronger than R back then.
5 Stars!

Jun 07, 2010
  • The_Bill rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Pretty amazing, and a must-watch for any fans of the spaghetti western. (Of course, if you like the genre you've probably already seen this movie.) It's based on YOJIMBO, a Kurasawa samurai movie, and the Japanese influence really comes through in the storytelling. It's cool to see how a cultural style can still dominate a narrative despite its subject matter being changed and the setting and actors, obviously, transported to arid Italy.

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Nov 22, 2011
  • pod rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

pod thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Apr 23, 2011
  • pod rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: ...it's a western.

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Feb 07, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is the way I want to remember Clint. Not some old man babbling to a chair with nobody sitting in it.

Feb 07, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“I don’t know who smells worse. Him or the pig sh#t that’s in this bottle.”
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