A Fistful of Dollars details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||W. Lukschy, John Wels, Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonte, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy, S. Rupp, Mario Brega, Carol Brown, Pepe Clavo, Antonio Prieto, Benny Reeves|
|Collections:||100 Wild Westerns, Clint Eastwood, Decades: 60s|
A Fistful of Dollars
|Run time:||1 hour 38 minutes|
|Rental release:||07 Feb 2000|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
Most helpful review
The meaning of CoolBy a customer from Shropshire, UK , 20 Mar 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Eastwood has to be one of the coolest heroes in this sixties icon of the screen. We know nothing about him except that he's the good guy. Dialogue is fine but the dubbed soundtrack is difficult to make out at times - and oddly enough this just adds to the sense of otherness the film provides. If you only watch one western - this could be it.
- Was this review helpful to you?
- (9) Yes |
- No (1)
Excellent finaleBy Bassman71 (696 reviews) from Didsbury, England , 31 Jul 2013Stranger wanders into town, feud between two gangs/families, foul play, stranger plays them off each other. Sergio Leones first part of his Dollars trilogy which may not be as memorable as the other two parts but still does have some good set pieces and the great music from Ennio Morricone. The acting can be a little off, not helped by the voice dubbing and some ridiculous over-the-top laughing (not as bad as The Wild Bunch) but Eastwood is superb and the final showdown very well done.
Still very watchableBy Ferry41 (229 reviews) from Oxford , 19 Jun 2011Beautifully filmed with Clint Eastwood in a career defining role. The man with no-name outwits them all... One of the classic spaghetti Westerns.
An awsomely cool movie!By Reviewguy94 (9 reviews) from England , 31 Dec 2010While people will say the narrative of A fistful of dollars is not as good as its sucessors, For a few dollars more and The good the bad and the ugly, it is by far one of the most enjoyable and watchable westerns I have ever seen. Theres not one moment I can remember when watching the film in which I felt bored, which is rare for a western since while I love them, they can at times get a bit tedious.
Clint Eastwood is brilliant in his man with none name role, speaking very little and letting his trademark poncho and multi kill gun slinging do the talking for him, aswell as a load of grunts and sqinting making him have an incredibly 'cool' persona.
A funny but annoying part of the film is that while the film is marketed as a western, the film in truth is an Italian film, and Clint is the only English speaking person on set, the rest of the actors are all European, and as of such there is a considerable amount of dubbing involved for the rest of the characters, making it at times feel like a western set in Spain or Italy rather than in the golden frontier.
If you can overlook this, what you have is a fantastic adventure that is a great starting point for you if you have never enjoyed the Western genre. With its 'cool' lead character, an endless amount of tense silences, and fabulous mexican standoffs, it is a benchmark for the Spaghetti Westerns to come.
resergence of SergioBy Jeffa (226 reviews) from Southampton , 27 Mar 2010This is the type of movie that is not asking you to think beyond what you see in entertainment value. The story of playing one against another has been rehashed over and over in many mindspelling forms but this has to be the one that kickstarted Eastwoods carreer. I watched The Good, the bad and the Ugly on one of the Channel 4 TV stations recently and remembered this and A few Dollars more and rather than wait for them to come to TV I thought for entertainment value they were worth renting. being able to watch them one after the other was more entertaining than some others that had been given Oscars for because these films are short and to the point. (no Adverts).
To be honest it shows how little distance the entertainment industry has come in 50 years. Now most of the films have many SFX but little story to them. Eastwood has himself turned into a Director.
The good thing about the Leone/Eastwood partnership during the Fistful of Dollars, A few Dollars More and the Good The Bad and the Ugly, is that they are as good to watch now as they were 40-45 years ago. Well worth renting for that Cowboy escapism in you.
A Supreme WesternBy David NW from Brecon, Powys, South Wales , 25 Jan 2010I watched this as a student in London when it first arrived. I was enthralled then, and have seen it on a number of occasions since, always enjoying. I've shown it to my children, the boys have loved it. This is probably a male film whose secret lies in how an awful lot of us would like to behave when confronted by yobbish bullying and violent threat. The film is wonderfully enhanced by fabulous scenery, bewitching close up technique, minimalist dialogue and some of the most evocative music to enrich a film of this genre and inserted by a genius of timing. In the small dialogue are heard one liners whose repetition, even years later, speaks volumes for their mesmeric effect:' My mule don't like people laughing' played against close-ups of Eastwood's grey-green eyes, perspiring, spitting thugs, a lolling cheroot, the poncho and hat is one brilliant example. The story is simple and involves an unknown but essentially righteous gunman playing off two over-mighty families in a single town, and winning. This is a film for all seasons which changed forever the western genre. If you have ever been bullied, or threatened enjoy this. This is a western that is truly unmissable.