A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (por un punado de dolares; fur eine handvoll dollar; per un pugno di dollari) (1964 ITALY SPAIN W. GERMANY) D/W: "BOB ROBERTSON" (SERGIO LEONE) W: A. BONZZONI/VICTOR ANDRES CATENA/JAIME COMAS GIL/FERNANDI DILEO/CLINT EASTWOOD/DUCCIO TESSARI P: "HARRY COLOMBO" (ARRIGO COLOMBO)/GIROGIO PAPI
This influential hit determined the look and feel of Euro (and world) westerns to come. It copies Akira Kurosawa`s YOJIMBO pretty closely. Clint Eastwood is the man with no name (a character originally planned for James Coburn or Lee Marvin) who enters the strange feuding ghost town and fights for himself, playing both sides against each other. It`s cruder than later Leone westerns (when he perfected his craft), but is still very good. Mostly shot around Almeria (in Andalucia, Spain), and countless other "spaghetti" (or macaroni) westerns were filmed there too. Eastwood was a little known tv player in the States before this turned him into an international star. With Marianne Koch, Lorenzo Robledo, Umberto Spadaro, Enrico Maria Salerno, Fernando Sanchez Polack, Gian Maria Volante, Wolfgang Lukschy, Sieghardt Rupp, Jose Calvo, Aldo Sambrell, Daniel Martin, Joseph Egger, Mario Brega, Carla Calo, Raf Baldassare, Luis Barboo, Frank Brana, Jose Canalejas, Antonio Molino Rojo, Julio Perez Tabernero (who later directed CANNIBAL TERROR) and Jose Riesgo. Scenes directed for an extended American tv version by Monte Hellman include Harry Dean Stanton. The soundtrack is of course Ennio Morricone. FOR A FEW DOLLARS more was the follow-up.

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