- Includes an Original Theatrical Trailer
- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 5, 1999
- Originally Released: 1964
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Gian Maria Volonté, Mario Brega & Marianne Koch|
|Directed by||Sergio Leone|
|Edited by||Roberto Cinquini|
|Screenwriting by||Sergio Leone, Victor A. Catena, Duccio Tessari & G. Schock|
|Composition by||Ennio Morricone|
|Cinematography by||Massimo Dallamano|
|Produced by||Giorgio Papi|
Description by OLDIES.com:
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. But his loyalty cannot be bought; he accepts both jobs...and sets in motion a plan to destroy both groups of criminals, pitting one against the other in a series of brilliantly orchestrated set-ups, showdowns and deadly confrontations.
This violent remake of Akira Kurosawa's YOJIMBO made Eastwood a star, and sparked two sequels--FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE and THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY--to form what is now referred to as the Man with No Name trilogy. All three films starred Eastwood, featured Ennio Morricone's distinctive musical compositions, and were directed--in a wonderfully gritty style--by Sergio Leone. Although the film was not released in the United States until 1967, it was produced and released internationally in 1964.
- Theatrical Release: January 18, 1967 (USA)
- Because A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS was filmed in Spain with a largely Italian crew, star Clint Eastwood often had difficulties communicating with others on the set. Luckily, an Italian stuntman spoke some English and was able to serve as a translator.
- YOJIMBO, the Akira Kurosawa film that A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS is based on, has been cited by Eastwood as one of his favorite films. Decades later, it was remade again as LAST MAN STANDING, starring Bruce Willis.
- The film's release was delayed for years because Kurosawa sued director Sergio Leone for breach of copyright. Kurosawa eventually won the case.
- This film was one of the first productions that Ennio Morricone scored. He would go on to compose music for more than 450 movies.
- The same poncho Clint Eastwood wears in this film was used in the two sequels without being washed or replaced.
- Eastwood hated the cigarillos his character smoked, which added to the gunslinger's gruff persona.
- Charles Bronsan, James Coburn, and Henry Fonda were all considered for the title role.