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A Fistful of Dollars [Blu-ray] [1964]

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Release Date:08/02/2011
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By the time Sergio Leone made this film, Italians had already produced about 20 films ironically labelled "spaghetti westerns." Leone approached the genre with great love and humor. Although the plot was admittedly borrowed from Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1961), Leone managed to create a work of his own that would serve as a model for many films to come. Clint Eastwood plays a cynical gunfighter who comes to a small border town and offers his services to two rivaling gangs. Neither gang is aware of his double play, and each thinks it is using him, but the stranger will outwit them both. The picture was the first installment in a cycle commonly known as the "Dollars" trilogy. Later, United Artists, who distributed it in the U.S., coined another term for it: the "Man With No Name" trilogy. While not as impressive as its follow-ups For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966), A Fistful of Dollars contains all of Leone's eventual trademarks: taciturn characters, precise framing, extreme close-ups, and the haunting music of Ennio Morricone. Not released in the U.S. until 1967 due to copyright problems, the film was decisive in both Clint Eastwood's career and the recognition of the Italian western.~Yuri German

Features

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

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