A Fistful of Dollars R

In his own way he is perhaps, the most dangerous man who ever lived!
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  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: May 22, 2018
  • Originally Released: 1964
  • Label: KL Studio Classics
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
    • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Sir Christopher Frayling
    • Interview with actress Marianne Koch
    • "Trailers From Hell" with John Badham
    • A Fistful of Dollars: Original Outtakes
    • A Fistful in Pictures - Animated Image Gallery (14:52) Promoting A Fistful of Dollars - Animated Image Gallery (15:48) A Fistful Of Dollars - On the Set 0 Animated Image Gallery (3:57)
    • Restored Opening UA Log
    • The Christopher Frayling Archives: A Fistful of Dollars
    • A New Kind of Hero: Featurette
    • A few weeks in Spain: Clint Eastwood on the Experience of Making the Film
    • Tre Voci: Three friends remember Sergio Leone
    • Not Ready for Primetime: Renowned filmmaker Monte Hellman discusses the television broadcast of A Fistful of Dollarsl
    • The Network prologue with Harry Dean Stanton
    • Location comparisons: Then to Now
    • 10 Radio Spots
    • Double Bill Trailer
    • Trailers for all five Sergio Leone Westerns
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
    • Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Subtitles - English

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Certified Fresh98%

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Upright91%

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User Ratings: 86,662
Rating: 7/10 -- The moment where Sergio Leone, anonymous costume drama hack turned into Sergio Leone, keen stylist and poet of cruelty. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
Aug 20, 2011
Though far less operatic and satisfying than Leone's later work, his first spaghetti Western with Eastwood still looks stylish, if a little rough at the edges. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
...Leone exploits the full width of the screen in dramatically composed shots of the antagonists...
Sight and Sound
Jan 1, 2001
Once in a great while a western comes along that breaks new ground and becomes a classic of the genre. Full Review
TIME Magazine
May 23, 2011
Rating: 5/5 -- A Fistful of Dollars has a cult, comic-book intensity. It is the punk rock of westerns. Full Review
Guardian
Apr 13, 2018
... this was a new kind of western: cynical, violent, stylish, and austere, playing out in a landscape of endless deserts and clapboard towns infested with gunmen. Full Review
Stream on Demand
May 13, 2017
Rating: 3/5 -- Egregiously synthetic but engrossingly morbid, violent film. Full Review
New York Times
May 9, 2005

Product Description:

The first true Spaghetti Western follows the exploits of a nameless drifter (Clint Eastwood) who wanders into a town torn apart by greed, corruption, and revenge. The clever, tough-talking gunslinger then plays the town's two feuding families off each other to his own benefit. As members of each family are planted in the ground, the gold in his pockets gets heavier and heavier.

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.

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Production Notes:

  • 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.
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