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Directed by Sergio Leone

Italy 1964 99 mins. In English

The first film in Leone’s “Man with No Name” trilogy and one of the most successful spaghetti westerns of the 1960s and ’70s, A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS relocates the story of YOJIMBO to the Mexican desert, where, as in Kurosawa’s film, two warring gangs fight for control of a small town. A nameless drifter (Clint Eastwood) inserts himself into the scuffle, seeking as much money as he can get and nihilistically pitting the two gangs against each other, all the while protecting a family terrorized by both rivals. Made without Kurosawa’s consent, the film was embroiled in legal troubles for several years following its Italian release—finally getting theatrical runs in the US in 1967. Today, A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, scored by iconic composer Ennio Morricone, remains a key entry in the spaghetti western canon and one of Leone’s best films.

Genres: Action, Adventure

Appears in: Samurai Cinema



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