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A Fistful of Dollars

A Fistful of Dollars (Italian: Per un pugno di dollari) is a 1964 Italian spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, alongside Gian Maria Volonté, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy, Sieghardt Rupp, José Calvo, Antonio Prieto, and Joseph Egger. Released in Italy in 1964 and then in the United States in 1967, it initiated the popularity of the Spaghetti Western film genre. It was followed by For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), also starring Eastwood. Collectively, the films are commonly known as the "Dollars Trilogy," or "The Man With No Name Trilogy." The film is an unofficial remake of the Akira Kurosawa film Yojimbo (1961), resulting in a successful lawsuit by Toho. In the United States, the United Artists publicity campaign referred to Eastwood's character in all three films as the "Man with No Name."

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All time western classics by Peter Roberts
over 6 years ago

This film and the others in the trilogy are spectacular. Leone knows how to build tension, create real drama and drag you in to his films. So many of his traits have been copied by so many other directors. Tarantino says that Leone is one of the best directors ever and often rips off his work. In this film the hero is so cool he doesn't even have a name. If you are interested in the mechanics of what makes films great watch all of Leone's films. Make sure you watch this trilogy in order, you will see where lots of modrn films get their greatness, they stole it from Leone.

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Release Date
Runtime 99 minutes
Studio Constantin Film Produktion
Genre Action, Western, Foreign
Budget $200,000
Revenue $14,000,000

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