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A Fistful of Dollars [DVD] [1964]

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Release Date:05/22/2018
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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

"Trailers From Hell" with John Badham

10 Radio Spots

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)

A Fistful of Dollars: Original Outtakes

A New Kind of Hero: Featurette

A few weeks in Spain: Clint Eastwood on the Experience of Making the Film

Audio Commentary by Film Historian Sir Christopher Frayling

Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas

Double Bill Trailer

Interview with actress Marianne Koch

Location comparisons: Then to Now

Not Ready for Primetime: Renowned filmmaker Monte Hellman discusses the television broadcast of A Fistful of Dollarsl

Restored Opening UA Log

The Christopher Frayling Archives: A Fistful of Dollars

The Network prologue with Harry Dean Stanton

Trailers for all five Sergio Leone Westerns

Tre Voci: Three friends remember Sergio Leone

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