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A Fistful of Dollars

1964
Western
1h 39m
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Rated 13 Oct 2008
91
97th
A Fistful of Dollars goes down as the fantastic start to the best series of westerns ever made. When Sergio Leone's excellent direction is coupled with the pure attitude of the appropiately named Wild West and the rugged and insanely cool Eastwood it's automatically the underpinnings of a winning formula. A Fistful of Dollars revitalised the seemingly ailing genre and couples some wonderful scenes with evidence of the style of filmmaking Sergio Leone was soon to become renown for. True classic.
Rated 21 Jul 2020
85
86th
One of my favourite remakes of Yojimbo. It's fun to see Leone slowly laying out the groundwork of his style. If this was made later during the decade that taut just over 90 minute run time would be tripled, everyone would have their own lengthy disgusting sweaty closeup to beautiful music. No one makes lips grosser than Italian westerns.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
92nd
It's rare that a remake can stand side-by-side with the original. But Yojimbo and Fistful are practically equals, at least neither one is a substitute for the other. Leone takes the material and makes it his own, while still maintaining the framework of Kurosawa's film. Comparing the two isn't a game of determining which is superior, but rather "isn't it awesome that we have both?". Yes, yes it is. Terrific filmmaking by Leone, star-making role for Eastwood, and another superb Morricone score.
Rated 05 Aug 2018
95
91st
Leone's first bona fide masterpiece is a simple retelling of YOJIMBO but embellished by a style that would become instantly iconic; warped perspective to make Eastwood look like a giant at times, casual brutality sweetened by understated gallows humour (DIRTY HARRY's origins can be found here), and use of newcomer Eastwood himself, who turns in a wonderfully restrained and subtle performance amid the cackling jackals of his supporting cast. All this, and bloody entertaining to boot!
Rated 19 Jan 2010
80
90th
You know, and I know, that there should have been a crossover sequel where Mifune and Eastwood have a staring contest until one of them explodes.
Rated 27 Feb 2007
85
83rd
Quite good with some great shots. Clint Eastwood is fantastic. Quite obviously a remake of Yojimbo, even in it's cinematography, but it's setting is different enough to make it worthwhile. Really it all depends on if Eastwood could rival Mifune's performance and, quite frankly, even if you don't think he does he comes damn, damn close.
Rated 19 Jul 2009
81
69th
Excellent indicator of great things to come.
Rated 02 Jan 2009
8
82nd
How come none of those horses died in that shootout?
Rated 13 Feb 2009
90
94th
A Fistful of Dollars is the beginning of one of the most iconic trilogies ever and the beginning of the young Eastwood's scruffy badass with no name. Leone's directing is superb and we can see his signature style developing as he crafts one of the most defining films of the entire Western genre. Truly a wonderful retelling of Kurosawa's Yojimbo, with Clint's performance matching Mifune's stride-for-stride.
Rated 07 Mar 2009
89
96th
Not quite as good as the final movie in the trilogy, but utterly fantastic, I mean really, really good. And the whole armor plate thing has become a sort of icon, and deservedly, because the finale in this movie is completely amazing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
89th
You can see the beginnings of the wonderful style Leone would go on to use in his other films, but it's just not as developed here. That being said, this is still a wonderful film.
Rated 15 Aug 2019
78
68th
So fun to see this in the theater. Very cool and stylish, and Clint of course is awesome, but the film's a little too cheesy to be great. It's easy to manipulate two sides against each other when they're all pea-brains.
Rated 14 Jan 2022
90
89th
A friend of mine in music once told me, “Never cover a song unless you think you can do just a little bit better somewhere,” and I think Leone knew he was doing something just a little bit different, in his own voice, and his own way. Clearly, Leone comes into his own with this Man Who Needs No Explanation. The joy in these films is seeing a Dude playing chess against a bunch of dudes playing Fruit Ninja - it’s a formula as old as time and just as satisfying no matter how many times you rewatch.
Rated 20 Sep 2014
70
88th
Ramón, for crying out loud, SHOOT HIM IN THE HEAD!
Rated 14 Jan 2011
60
27th
i gave yojimbo 90 when i watched. But after watched this, i decided to give yojimbo 100
Rated 09 Jul 2009
7
84th
An entertaining western with a predictably badass Clint Eastwood and plenty of cool shootouts, although some of the dubbing is distractingly horrible. All in all I admire it but strongly prefer the original Yojimbo.
Rated 07 Oct 2009
75
55th
Rather underwhelming when compared to Yojimbo as well as Leone's future films, but solid entertainment nevertheless and a building block in the spaghetti western genre.
Rated 31 May 2012
90
97th
I don't think that's nice, you laughing. See my mule don't like people laughin. It gets the crazy idea you're laughin at him. Now if you apologize like I know you're going to, I might convince him you really didn't mean it.
Rated 19 Apr 2012
70
11th
Can't help finding it overrated, the story is overly complicated and it just seems to lack a good deal of the magic that comes later with Few Dollars More and TGTBATU. Worth watching as a matter of interest but not on its own merits, it hasn't aged well.
Rated 04 Mar 2020
75
88th
Leone's camera creates the feeling we are watching an opera, rather than a film. Through the iconic close ups and by leaving the scenes run longer so the atmospheric music score plays its run-time, the viewer gets the feeling they are observing a timeless tale, a romanticised and mythological story. Eastwood's contained anger and resentment, his self-control and powerful screen presence are an unmatched treat. Then again one can't expect anything less - he's the quintessential man after all.
Rated 11 May 2019
83
81st
The crown jewel of plagiarism. Having watched Yojimbo just a week ago, every single "borrowed" detail was too apparent. That said, it would be a great idea to shoot the same film in different periods and different locations. The soundtrack is unreal, Morricone is a genius really. The movie stutters in some action scenes and is not as chiseled as The good, the bad and the ugly; but it is highly enjoyable. Eastwood came to this world to act in these movies I think.
Rated 28 Jun 2008
95
96th
The man with no name easily one of the greats of all-time.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
84th
Leone's remake of Yojimbo and the film that made Eastwood a star.
Rated 19 Aug 2022
88
87th
Maybe its cause my own eyesight is bad, but Leone makes me feel seen with all the close ups of people squinting. I love seeing myself represented by movie characters. Everybody also being sweaty and dirty adds to my personal immersion.
Rated 19 Dec 2010
70
19th
So hard to watch with that dubbing, but the action's great and so is Clint.
Rated 22 Sep 2010
95
99th
The film that made Eastwood a star and one of Leone's greats.
Rated 22 Sep 2010
70
86th
It is weaker than the two sequels in terms of characters, plot, and Morricone's score. However, Eastwood provides the charisma that would form the core of the series, and the film still manages to deliver great direction, a great story, and a great climactic scene.
Rated 27 Jun 2020
68
66th
Overrated film set the stage for Eastwood as a screen icon and Leone as a master stylist, but aside from a few choice moments, it doesn't really live up to its lofty reputation, nor is it as good as Yojimbo.
Rated 20 Feb 2009
65
68th
the plot is a little bit too simple, the side characters are a bit too flat, and "the bad" are too comically evil in this movie. Certainly not par with "good, bad, ugly", but Eastwood's impeccable charisma makes the movie into a classic.
Rated 24 Dec 2009
75
27th
An orgy of posturing machismo.
Rated 20 Nov 2010
73
29th
A lot of fun. My first glimpse of Eastwood as this type of character (rather than the more "grizzled veteran" type he plays in Unforgiven), and it was awesome.
Rated 07 Dec 2006
81
82nd
This is a beautiful movie. I love the ending sequence. Truly part of the best American Westerns ever made.
Rated 23 Jul 2010
3
81st
you will never be as cool as the nameless one. ever
Rated 01 Jun 2009
75
84th
A re-telling of Kurosawa's "Yojimbo" that loses nothing.
Rated 04 May 2010
97
98th
An amazing flick. I'm not so interested in the comparisons to Yojimbo- good a flick as that is- because the atmosphere, the music, and Clint Eastwood's "Man With No Name" are arguably as important to this movie as the story is. Leone creates a template for a West more lawless and chaotic than any that I had seen before, and you truly get the sense that these characters live in a world without any lawful or moral boundaries. The amazing score of Ennio Morricone brings it all together.
Rated 13 Dec 2008
77
78th
could be 100 minutes of clint squinting and i'd still be jizzing over this movie. add leone and morricone and you've got a winning formula
Rated 27 Jan 2012
80
78th
A highly entertaining retelling of Yojimbo done the in the only other way it could work, as a Western. Eastwood plays the gun slinging tough but good guy without a name to perfection. The soundtrack fit great (as is the usual with the trilogy) and the setting is desolate and beautiful. Definitely worth a watch.
Rated 20 Jul 2009
85
78th
"My mistake... four coffins."
Rated 02 Mar 2007
4
70th
Humble beginnings for a legendary director. While it's self-evident how rapidly Leone's abilities progressed, so that even For a Few Dollars More seems like a leap forward, so much of what characterized his signature style was already in play here.
Rated 09 Feb 2007
4
74th
Despite being somewhat underdeveloped compared to his later westerns, this is still a punch in the gut from Leone. It's not a surprise, considering it's a shot-for-shot remake of what might be Kurosawa's most entertaining film, but the western setting adds a different flavor of badassery to the formula.
Rated 23 Apr 2009
50
36th
Nowhere near as good as Yojimbo and not even close. Leone knows how to frame a shot and create iconic images, but he can't tell a story to save his soul! Despite my familiarity with the plot, this was at times impossible to follow. And there's a sick element here, too: YOJIMBO took a clinical and detached approach to its very necessary violence, whereas Leone crosses the line into a kind of prurient sadism that the audience is meant to enjoy. Give me Hawks, Wyler and John Wayne any day.
Rated 25 Jan 2009
80
84th
The best of the trilogy. All about Eastwood.
Rated 28 Mar 2010
7
75th
AFOD is not as good as TGTBTU and FAFDM, but it is a simpler Acronym than both.
Rated 01 Feb 2007
80
61st
The small budget shows and it's not as good as Yojimbo, but the entertainment value and Clint more than redeem it.
Rated 18 May 2014
60
32nd
Leone manages a few great moments with the help of spot-on production design, Morricone's legendary music, and Eastwood's swagger. However, the story is very confusing. I had to check a Wikipedia summary of the plot more than once; important lines get lost in heavy accents and/or iffy audio, and a number of the assumptions one has to make to follow the story are a hell of a stretch, at least to me.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
52nd
Fun little western with great style.
Rated 28 Dec 2010
84
94th
Nice Movie
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
95th
A bare-bones plot ripped off from Kurosawa, sparse dialogue... but Leone, Eastwood and Morricone all do such astounding jobs that this western is just infinitely lovable.
Rated 06 Jun 2010
6
62nd
All said, this is a fairly high standard Western. It's entertaining, but after watching Yojimbo recently enough (which it's basically a remake of, albeit in Western style not Samurai) I cannot say that it stands up. Eastwood is good, and there's some really classic lines here. But the quality is fairly patchy and the mood doesnt always make an impact. The intensity seems to drop off at times. It really makes you appreciate the brilliance of Kurosawa and the depth of his directing if nothing else
Rated 27 Feb 2015
50
38th
For me, far worse than the other parts of the triology. Firstly, second act is unbelievably bad. Moreover, very easy story unites with bad actors and kills your movie-watching pleasure. Even flawless acting by Clint Eastwood can't decrease the damage. Anyway I'll rewatch it.
Rated 12 Jul 2007
90
66th
Spaghetti Western at its best.
Rated 09 May 2008
86
84th
It's not quite as good as Yojimbo, but Eastwood is fantastic in the role and it's still very well executed.
Rated 28 Jul 2009
94
68th
It may have a low budget, it may have had less character development than its patron film, it may be a scene-for-scene adaptation of Yojimbo, but that doesn't make this any less of a huge game-changer in Westerns.
Rated 15 Jan 2009
80
62nd
If I'm not mistaken this is quite similar to Yojimbo, the villain in this film is a little obnoxious, and the dialogs were not quite as good as TGTBTU, but still one of the best Westerns out there.
Rated 25 Jul 2009
70
41st
Enjoyed the montage-affected style, the wry comedy, and the fantastic music. Eastwood was great and I appreciated the way the film did more showing than telling. I could have done without the two massacres, this film being an early example that uses the maniacal killing of many helpless people to engender either sympathy or hatred for particular characters.
Rated 11 Aug 2014
99
96th
This low-budget happy accident managed to be the beginning of a progressively superior and iconic filmography by a master of deep-focus costume grit, and a large part of the groundwork laid for the redefinition of the Western, particularly by its ushering in of the genre's most iconic contemporary star as well as score composer.
Rated 04 Dec 2010
90
66th
For a spoiled American like me, it's difficult to get over the horrible dubbing, but once you do, if you can follow the laughably bad dialogue (I needed help), there's a great film in here. Structured like an opera and shot like a painting, it tells a story like only really, really good films can.
Rated 18 Mar 2022
5
40th
If you can get past the bad acting, the ketchup blood, the terrible sound effects, and the boring machismo plot, the last act is actually pretty nice. As with most Sergio Leone westerns, the movie's slow and dull setup is carried by its outsanding music: remove Ennio Morricone's work and there's not much of interest left to the first hour and a half. A classic given the genre it pioneered, though I do find people tend to overrate it and are afraid of criticizing its flaws.
Rated 11 Feb 2008
97
96th
The film that singlehandedly changed how the American western would be filmed...and viewed...forever. One of the best westerns ever made for several reasons...period.
Rated 04 Dec 2009
90
90th
Clint Eastwood is the man.
Rated 05 May 2008
80
62nd
It could be a hell of a movie, if it wasn't totally stolen from the whole Yojimbo plot.
Rated 17 Sep 2020
90
87th
Stylistically magnificent. Leone loves taciturn faces—so much of the tension in this film is built with glances from one wild-eyed, grizzled visage to the next—and almost no one has a better face than Clint Eastwood. The performance he gives here is brilliant, oozing sardonic charm and determination with nothing but stares, and poncho flips, and cigar adjustments. The cinematography, the music, the setting... all unimpeachable. With some slightly-tighter editing, this would be a perfect movi
Rated 30 Oct 2016
73
32nd
Leone's new brand of western was apparently groundbreaking enough for critics & fans to ignore a constant stream of narrative implausibilities beginning w/ Clint's plan to fool each gang into believing unmoving corpses are still a danger and ending w/ 1 gang blowing the other up which is something they could've done long ago & the lead desperado standing by stupidly instead of killing Clint. The score's also repetitive, but the style works & Leone's storytelling presumably improved from here.
Rated 29 Aug 2012
100
98th
Can there be a gun slinger cooler than Clint?
Rated 19 Oct 2007
87
62nd
A classic, but heads and shoulders below The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Rated 14 Aug 2011
80
82nd
Terrific! The final stand-off is incredible and I think I could honestly sit around and watch Clint Eastwood shoot up Mexicans all day long.
Rated 06 Nov 2012
90
73rd
90.000
Rated 11 Feb 2021
82
81st
82.
Rated 29 Apr 2017
60
47th
Enjoyable little film, carried by the unreachable coolness of Clint Eastwood.
Rated 05 Aug 2011
83
81st
Worked a bit better as a samurai film with western influences rather than a straight up western, but Leone's first outing in the genre is still quite good. Eastwood is a charismatic lead, even when he doesn't say much. Signs of greatness to come.
Rated 02 Aug 2015
98
71st
A cool Spaghetti western that set the tone for other films in the genre. The musical score by ennio morricone is fantastic; Clint Eastwood puts in a great performance and the villains were top-notch.
Rated 02 Jan 2013
75
69th
western motifleriyle alakalı olsun olmasın her eğlenceli aksiyon filmi bayağı bir şey borçlu kendisine.
Rated 31 Mar 2016
58
13th
This is a clunky film. Technically shabby at times (laughable day-for-night, bad dubbing, excruciatingly annoying kid) and there's a stark difference in quality with the visual acting (good) and the dialogue acting (bad). Underneath, there's a soap opera story I don't care about. Luckily, the last twenty or so minutes really pick up and become masterfully intense. Great music throughout, at least.
Rated 30 Mar 2015
85
82nd
A great spaghetti western, accompanied by an amazing score and a great performance by Eastwood. While there is a slight lacking in development of the characters, Eastwood is badass enough to keep pushing through and make a good movie into a great one. Sergio Leone is nothing to forget about either as his direction is unique for the 60's and ultimately worth every frame. Actually quite amazing.
Rated 06 Aug 2016
91
92nd
Much more enjoyable than Yojimbo
Rated 17 Oct 2010
70
69th
Mildly thrilling, "A Fistful Of Dollars" is your standard western: a monosyllabic hero, lots of bad guys who will definitely die, an exciting score, cardboard characters and a meagre plot. The first part of the man-with-no-name trilogy, it feels exactly like that: the groundwork for what was yet to come.
Rated 20 Apr 2024
79
63rd
audiovisual 90 acting 75 overall feeling 71 avg 79
Rated 05 Aug 2023
64
0th
A lot of the same thing (pjew pjew pjew!!!) But because the hubster wanted to see it forcthe 4th time I watched it with him. It was okay.
Rated 26 Feb 2007
75
89th
Hypnotic.
Rated 02 Sep 2018
50
37th
Virgem.
Rated 23 Jul 2020
40
38th
Ponderous and sadistic, awash with cynicism, its popularity escapes me. It reminded me more of a Bond film than a Western.
Rated 14 Nov 2008
84
83rd
It's a good adaptation, but ultimately just an adaptation that pales in comparison to the original on every aspect.
Rated 29 Jun 2007
93
90th
A Sergio Leone based on a Kurosawa influenced by John Ford. The cycle is complete.
Rated 23 May 2010
90
91st
Na verdade nao merecia essa nota, por ser uma copia dialogo a dialogo do Yojimbo, masfazer oque se foi bem copiado. Credito pro Kurosawa
Rated 12 Nov 2014
82
85th
Stylish, entertainingly pulpy and even more nihilistic than the original Japanese work. Eastwood's strange charisma shines through and Morricone's score defines the genre. Overall an awesome stylistic feast but Leone's storytelling is at its infancy.
Rated 25 Sep 2020
70
51st
Not as exuberant as later Leone (which I think is his biggest strength), and therefore not that special or insightful or even fun.
Rated 22 Jun 2007
87
86th
Pure class.
Rated 30 Dec 2016
70
41st
Flashes of brilliance are buried under an obviously minuscule budget and a plot that I couldn't follow even when Kurosawa was telling it (the most simple of political intrigue generally just flies right over my head). Even if he gets better later, Leone's already pretty great at the tension before a gunfight, and it's never boring in spite of its janky B-movie pacing (my god, the exposition; I'd hate to see the version before Eastwood removed half the dialogue). Not a great movie, but trashy fun
Rated 06 Feb 2010
45
29th
Cmon people, this script sucks. Just a stylish, cool movie. Too cool. Too much exposition. Too much action. No, I don't want to watch a pan around two minute horse chase filmed in the pitch black of night. Explosions, fire, gunfights. More fire, hey some dynamite. Early Leone is the film snob version of Michael Bay crossed with DragonBallZ and a vague understanding of the American West. Dubbed dialogue takes away from the atmosphere. Morricone's music adds to it. sweet picilo riff son
Rated 05 Jun 2013
82
57th
clint eastwood is too badass. Cool as hell chewen on his cigar throughout the whole movie.
Rated 16 Aug 2010
72
46th
Yojimbo was better, but this wasn't bad.
Rated 08 Jun 2019
100
84th
Yojimbo, Italian style.
Rated 02 Aug 2011
81
88th
Just awesome!
Rated 15 Mar 2011
60
36th
I adored Yojimbo so much, A Fistful of Dollars kind of pains me to watch. Some things make a lot less sense here. We understand why the wandering Samurai has this altruistic need to help the town, but why the wandering gunslinger? Wouldn't he want to keep the money? It doesn't make much sense. Clint Eastwood loses the ability to shoot straight because someone steps on his left hand? Huh? In Yojimbo, Mifune recovering in the temple whilst knifing a leaf makes so much more sense. Also, DUBBING???
Rated 24 Mar 2013
69
83rd
I prefer Yojimbo, but this is really quite good, especially the showdown at the end.
Rated 17 Feb 2016
7
73rd
kunde ha gjorts mer utdragen, svettig och spännande. blev nu klassisk och lite tom western. undantag är den utdragna visselduellen. gian maria volonté är en favorit.
Rated 05 Sep 2016
5
97th
Don't let Clint get between you and your opponent. Because he becomes badass at that moment.
Rated 22 Nov 2018
70
53rd
Joe: "You see, I understand you men were just playin' around, but the mule, he just doesn't get it. Course, if you were to all apologize..."
Rated 04 Apr 2017
74
56th
Eastwood comes across as a nothing protagonist, not adding much more to what was given to him in the script. If he was directed to be that stiff, some kind of character exposition might help to give his char the depth we need to understand the rigidity. The plot runs through a neat Kissinger play, turning the two local powers upon each other for a 3rd party's benefit.
Rated 15 Apr 2017
95
96th
A Fistful of Dollars begins Sergio Leone's Man with No Name trilogy in spectacular fashion, and is oftentimes funny, entertaining, and downright enjoyable to watch.

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