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

  • SKU: 5359103
  • Release Date: 08/02/2011
  • Rating: R
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (17 out of 17)

    Special 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

    Synopsis


    A Fistful of Dollars
    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, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Clint Eastwood
      Clint Eastwood - The Man with No Name
    • Marianne Koch
      Marianne Koch - Marisol
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      Wolfgang Lukschy - John Baxter
    • Mario Brega
      Mario Brega - Chico
    • Image coming soon
      Carol Brown - Antonia Baxter



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 17 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A timeless western film

      Posted
      CrimsonKing42

      A Fistful of Dollars is the first film of Sergio Leone's timeless spaghetti western trilogy. As such, it is a must-see film anyhow, but this also happens to be only of the best westerns, and indeed films, of all time. The story begins when the Man With No Name (Eastwood) drifts into a town that is run by two competing gangs. Learning of these gangs from a local saloon keeper, the Man hatches a scheme to play both of these gangs against each other, using himself as an inside man, hoping to get rich off of the wreckage. Then, the bodies begin to back up. This film doesn't rely as much on solid characters, especially villains, as the others two in the series, and the premise is less exciting, but it's still a great film, and the cultural relevance of it can be found everywhere in our culture nowadays. This film and the other two are an absolute must-see, and if you have yet to get into this marvelous series, whether you are a fan of westerns or just good cinema, now is the time.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      a new kind of western

      Posted
      prlwctd

      Although obviously inspired by Akira Kurosawa's classic Yojimbo, A Fistful of Dollars introduced us to a new kind of western. This wasn't the typical, bloated John Wayne figure, rather Clint Eastwood, in his star making role, was a drifter whose past was unknown but whose interests (making money) weren't. His Man With No Name (as the American press came to dub his character in all three of Clint's films with Leone) manipulates, and is manipulated by, two warring factions in a distant town on the Mexican border. This film rightly put Clint, Leone, and composer Ennio Morricone on the map.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      CLASSIC. TRUE SHOOT TO KILL WESTERN

      Posted
      PINKFLOYD420

      This is the one that started it all. One of my most favorite movies of all time. Dark, gritty, realistic portrayl of the west and life during that time. This film featured for the first time in cinema history a gun shooting and people getting shot in the same frame. Prior to this movie, the gun shot and person being shot had to be cut in differnt frames for censorship. GREAT storyline. Eastwood portrays what became his "anti-hero, vilgilanti" persona with his tradmark squint. THE ULTIMATE REALISTIC WESTERN. LOTS OF SHOOTING

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      One of Eastwood's Best

      Posted
      kevman79

      I just love this Sergio Leone film. By far one of Clint Eastwood's best films in my opinion, especially in regards to all the westerns he did. Widescreen and full-screen viewing options, but die hard fans will probably want to purchase the collector's edition, which is loaded with extra bonus material not available on this release.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      One of Eastwood's Best

      Posted
      kevman79

      I just love this Sergio Leone film. By far one of Clint Eastwood's best films in my opinion, especially in regards to all the westerns he did. This much anticipated collector's edition is loaded with bonus features that were absent from the previous dvd incarnation, and will surely not disappoint fans of this classic!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Worth the wait

      Posted
      jcb476
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      This is the one that started it all for Clint. The first of the three spaghetti westerns. The Blu-ray offers up a decent looking High-def release and the DTS 5.1 soundtrack is an improvement over the mono on the DVD release.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Clint Western

      Posted
      flicktunesman
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      One of Clint's best westerns. He turns two rival gangs against each other for big payoffs and plenty of action. He faces the big villan Ramon at the end for a final shootout!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Spaghetti Western

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      jedlehigh
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      This is the 1st of the trilogy of Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns. It is entertaining as well as great action. There are impressive acts of virtue.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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