Rent A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

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Synopsis:
The first of the spaghetti westerns', A Fistful Of Dollars became an instant cult hit. It also launched the film careers of Italian Writer-Director Sergio Leone, and a little known American television actor named Clint Eastwood. As the lean, cold-eyed cobra-quick gunfighter - Clint became the first of the 'anti-heroes'. The cynical, enigmatic loner with a clouded past is the same character Eastwood fans have been savouring ever since. A Fistful Of Dollars is the western taken to the extreme - with unremitting violence, gritty realism and tongue-in-cheek humour.
Leone's direction is taut and stylish, and the visuals are striking - from the breathtaking panoramas (in Spain) to the extreme close-ups of quivering lips and darting eyes before the shoot-out begins. And all are accented by renowned film composer Ennio Morricone's quirky, haunting score.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Arrigo Colombo, Giorgio Papi
Writers:
Adriano Bolzoni, Víctor Andrés Catena
Aka:
Per un pugno di dollari
Studio:
MGM
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics
Countries:
Italy, Action & Adventure, Classics
BBFC:
Release Date:
07/02/2000
Run Time:
97 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the special features
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/06/2013
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
English, French
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, French, Portuguese
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • The Christopher Frayling Archives: Fistful of Dollars
  • Feature Commentary by noted Film Historian - Sir Christopher Frayling
  • A New Kind of Hero
  • A Few Weeks in Spain: Clint Eastwood on the Experience of Making the Film
  • Tre Voci: Fistful of Dollars
  • Not Ready for Primetime: Renowned filmmaker Monte Hellman discusses the television broadcast of A Fistful of Dollars
  • The Network Prologue - with Harry Dean Stanton
  • Location Comparisons: Then to Now
  • 10 Radio Spots
  • Double Bill Trailer
  • Fistful of Dollars Trailer

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Reviews (1) of A Fistful of Dollars

Taut and violent - superb stuff - A Fistful of Dollars review by RP

Spoiler Alert
28/02/2012

Way back in 1960 it was common knowledge that 'The Magnificent Seven' was a remake of famed Japanese director's Akira Kurosawa's film 'Seven Samurai' – and that was all I knew. I'd never seen the original nor knew of any other of Kurosawa's films. And in 1967 when I first saw 'A Fistful Of Dollars' I appreciated it for what I saw on the screen – a taut, violent Western with a lone, laconic stranger (Clint Eastwood) arriving in a Mexican border town dominated by two feuding families, the Rojos and the Baxters, whose businesses are liquor and guns respectively. Stranger plays both families off against each other. Plenty of shooting, killing, fisticuffs and general mayhem ensues. Stranger leaves town. Err – that's about it. The film is short at 97 min, the storyline compact, the landscape suitably barren, the score unforgettable, the characters divided into goodies and baddies. Superb stuff – I liked it then and I still do, and it hasn't dated (but I guess that nowadays it would show bullet wounds and more blood).

But I didn't know that it was essentially a remake of Kurosawa's 1961 film 'Rojimbo' where a lone samurai comes to town and plays two sides against each other. And it was a lawsuit about this unauthorised remake that delayed the release of 'A Fistful Of Dollars' from 1961 when it was made until its wider release in 1967.

But I'm a little more versed in cinema now and have seen all (?) of the better known Kurosawa films and appreciate him as a great director. But don't let that take anything away from Sergio Leone, the master of the spaghetti western. 4/5 stars – highly recommended.

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