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4.0 out of 5 stars Clint Eastwood!
great movie. My knowledge on spaghetti westerns is minimum but after watching this movie i definatly have a lot of catching up to do. Clint Eastwood is way too awesome chewing on that cigar talking through his teeth in every scene. Cool as hell. The story had many plot turns and kept me interested throughout although the basic premise has now, 50 years later, become quite...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very poor transfer of a classic
I have to wonder why such little respect was given such a classic movie. While they DID manage to produce the DVD in widescreen, why isn't it anamorphic? The opening titles are VERY blurry, and, while most of the picture is relatively clear and free of noise/grain, the sound toward the end exposes its sources, with all kinds of hiss and crackling during quieter...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An atmospheric classic!, May 6 2004
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smfy (Apex, NC United States) - See all my reviews
Sergio Leone gives us an atmospheric, unflinchingly graphic update of the Akira Kurosawa classic Yojimbo. This time, on the other hand, the backdrop is the Old West and not feudal Japan. Clint Eastwood stars as the infamous "man with no name," a gun-for-hire who arrives into a town being ripped apart by two feuding families-the Baxters and the Rojos. Instead of leaving like the local bartender suggests, Eastwood sets up a plan to destroy both families with the help of his .45 pistol. The realism of this film is astounding, no death-defying heroism is shown, no one taking a bullet and surviving(there is one exception to this, but I don't want to give anything away).
Eastwood creates an unforgettable image in his first collaboration with director Leone, who later directed classic westerns such as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and Once Upon a Time in the West. The amazing fact is that this movie was rumored to have only cost two-hundred thousand dollars to make!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Might be the best of the Spaghetti's, Feb. 20 2004
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mark twain "vandal101" (San Marcos, TX United States) - See all my reviews
This film has as much chutzpah as the first record albums from Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. As far as Western's go, director Sergio Leone abandoned all the Hollywood cliches and makeup artists to make a film that stands as the grittiest of all the Westerns, and since Westerns are about grit, I think this one is the best. Clint Eastwood's dialogue is as sparse as in the other "Dollar" movies, and although this film is shorter than the other two (The Good the Bad and the Ugly, For a Few Dollars More) I think Clint has more memorable lines, and certainly his most memorable -- "My mule don't like people laughin'..." Meanwhile, Gian Maria Volonte's diabolically empassioned performance as the cruel "town boss" Ramon Rojo is truly memorable, displaying why he is as popular in Italy as Clint is in America.
Ennio Morricone's film score is as great as you would expect, and I could say more about this film but other reviewers have done some excellent work. I just wanted to say that I rate this one slightly above The Good the Bad and the Ugly; both of these a half-tick better than A Few Dollars More, but all three are better than any Hollywood western you are ever likely to see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best westerns ever, Jan. 18 2004
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The three 'fistful' movies are some of the most masculine movies ever made! Rugged men , wild settings and great music mark these as complete classics! Sergio sates (see the DVD insert)' The west was made by strong men... that has gotten lost in the westerns I have seen .. That is why I make my movies with strong men..'
If you like these fistful type movies I would strongly recommend that you watch the 'Rawhide' television series. The hour long format of the show allows powerful stories to unfold. It's different from the style of these 'fistful' movies, but it is similar in that it is first class all the way and in addition to Clint who is 'Rowdy' there is Eric Fleming who is absolutely amazing and takes the series to a level that will probably never be matched again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The film that started a career, June 10 2003
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T O'Brien (Chicago, Il United States) - See all my reviews
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A Fistful of Dollars is the first of the classic Sergio Leone Dollars trilogy and also the film that helped skyrocket Clint Eastwood to the top. Borrowed from a Akira Kurosawa film, the story centers around a gunman who appears in a town with two rival families trying to control everything. For his own profit, the gunman begins to play both families until finally it all blows up in a huge gunfight. This is a classic spaghetti western that should not be missed. The whole genre is different from the often idealized hero portrayed in American westerns. The spaghetti westerns threw all the cliches on their side and instead used their own including the anti-hero, extreme close-ups, sadistic villains, and eerie musical soundtracks.
Clint Eastwood plays the role of the Man with no Name, even though he is called "Joe" in this one. His squinting, cigar-chomping gunman set the stage for westerns from then all the way until now. Gina Maria Volonte stars as the violent leader of the Rojo family. In the DVD check out the credits. Almost all the names of the Italian actors were changed for the American release. Volonte would later return in For a Few Dollars more as the evil Indio. The rest of the cast consists mainly of spaghetti western regulars, most notably Mario Brega. Once again Ennio Morricone gives us another haunting soundtrack that must be mentioned when talking about these movies. The DVD is relatively cheap but still offers fullscreen and widescreen, great theatrical trailer, and a booklet full of interesting information. A must have for fans of spaghetti westerns!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fistful of Dollars - A true genre classic!, March 14 2003
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K. Wyatt "ssintrepid" (Cape Girardeau, MO United States) - See all my reviews
A Fistful of Dollars is truly one of the big classics in the western genre and one that began a newer, better style of western films. First in a string of Clint Eastwood's "spaghetti" westerns, it has a style and cinematic class all to itself. This is where Clint Eastwood began his style of western hero who doesn't say much, but gets his point across through his facial expressions and of course his actions, more specifically with his six shooter at his side.
The premise:
Clint Eastwood plays "the man with no name" other than the name given to him by one of the characters in the film, Joe. In what is now a classic style, he rides into town on a mule and witnesses the brutality of the town bullies. Without saying a word to them, they harass him and he calmly goes into one of the town bars, has some food and listens to what the bar owner has to tell him about the town's situation. He casually decides to stay and do something about the entire situation, walks out and takes out four of the bad guys. What follows from there is such an outstanding film that is fraught with a certain degree of humor as he deftly plays both sides against his middle and walks away with "A Fistful of Dollars."
If you're a fan of the western genre and haven't seen this classic, I highly suggest you pick this DVD up. Some might be put off by the age of this movie, that is simply not the case though as this movie is timeless. Despite the fact that it was made in Spain, with many European actors and in a foreign language, it's just pure fun!
The DVD:
Given today's almighty DVD's where there is every sort of special/extra feature that a fan can imagine, this one is your meat and potato's kind. It has the movie, a great theatrical trailer and a booklet. It is nice and simple, with not too much to get wrapped around other than the outstanding movie within. The booklet is an extremely interesting read, giving some facts for the movie I wasn't aware of. {ssintrepid}
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man With No Name comes to town...., March 4 2003
Clint Eastwood steps into his first action-packed western film. His character, a dusty gunman, enters a town which is trapped between two rival bands of smugglers. Where there seems to be nothing but danger he sees dollar signs. Soon he is accepting jobs from both sides and, like a candle which is lite on both sides, may end up being burned. Yet this gunslinger is both fast on the draw and swift on the take.
Who will win? You have to watch it to see!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brutality Mixed With Humanity, Dec 2 2002
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Lee Armstrong (Winterville, NC United States) - See all my reviews
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"A Fistful of Dollars" was released in Italy in 1964, but didn't make it to the U.S. until 1967. From its James Bond-like graphics on the opening to that incredible music, this is a minimalist example of less is more. The scenes of brutality are still startling. Gian Maria Volonte who plays bad guy Ramon Rojo is incredibly violent and merciless. His beating of Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name also makes us wince. The thing that is so endearing about the movie is how the brutality is mixed with humanity. Marianne Koch plays Marisol who has been abducted from her husband and son that must watch as she is made to be the imprisoned sex slave of Ramon. Eastwood's character is touched by this, endures an incredible beating, and explains this act of kindness as he arranges their escape by saying that he once knew someone like her. Equally wonderful are the smaller characters such as the grizzled undertaker who delights in the killings because he can build another casket. Eastwood turns to him after escaping the beatings and is hauled out of town in a casket. The acts of goodness of the tavern owner who keeps advising Eastwood to leave are also touching. We see the great love of the husband and son for Marisol as they embrace in the street despite being at gunpoint. Director Sergio Leone does a nice job of splicing in as much humor as possible such as Clint Eastwood explaining how his mule has been offended. Yes, the DVD version doesn't offer many extras, but being released 35 years after the original, more is not realistic. This was a landmark film, well photographed and remarkably fresh almost 40 years later. Enjoy!
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1.0 out of 5 stars He Called It Macaroni, Nov. 9 2002
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Clint Eastwood was a far better actor during his "Rawhide" days, but in 1967 the director Sergio Leone poured him into a zombie mold and Clint hasn't quite broken out of it since. This is a western for semi-literates who can't connect with real people or the world around them and so prefer to inhabit a place like Leone Land. Nobody you know lives there, just a race of moronic stereotypes; there's the constant scream of ersatz opera in your ears from the crazy soundtrack; and the director rubs your nose in endless closeups of his repellant cast and dares you to find some plot in their aimless comings and goings. To his credit, Eastwood fulfilled his three picture deal with Leone and never worked with him again. Anybody with a taste for good films will quickly see why the actor was sick of the clam sauce.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "New Breed of Western......New Breed of Hero", Sept. 24 2002
In the small dusty border town of San Miguel, two gangs of "criminals and smugglers" are both trying to take over the town and be the "bosses". Out of nowhere enters our hero, the very dangerous(but very cute) gunman with no name(Clint Eastwood). In this first of the trilogy directed by Sergio Leone
Clint decides to play the rival gangs against each other, first working for one then the other. Why? Because there's money to made here. In the process, there are deadly shootouts, Clint saves a family,gets his face bashed in (I hated that part) and well I wont give away the end.
This film was followed by "A Few Dollars More" and "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly". All three a must see's for the Eastwood fan. This one was based on the Japaneese film "Yojimbo" and was also the basis for the more recent "Last Man Standing" starring Bruce Willis.
Billed as "A New Breed of Western" (more commonly called spaghetti westerns, although it was shot in Spain), it is a cinematic treat you wont want to miss. The actors performances are terrific and the scenery stunning.
The DVD(by MGM) is a must have. The picture is crisp, the colors are sharp and the widescreen excellent. The sound is Mono,(only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5) but it still sounds good, the horses and guns are crisp and the dialouge is fine.(The film is nearly 40 years old )
Not a whole lot of extras, but for me This movie was the extra!
What the DVD has is the Original Theatrical Trailer, Scene Selection, and a very informative booklet that talks about the making of the film. It also has subtitles, English and French which could be helpful for hearing impaired viewers, and a standard film format on the other side for those who might prefer it to the widescreen.
If you have never seen it and you like westerns, you'll love it. If you have already seen it and know you love it, you will enjoy the DVD.
thanx-Laurie
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5.0 out of 5 stars "My mule don't take kindly to laughin' ", June 25 2002
This is one of Eastwood's best westerns. It is very action packed and the DVD is super. If you like this also try Hang Em' High, Eastwood's first american western after the Dollars trilogy.
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