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Italy 1964
Directed by
Sergio Leone
96 minutes
Rated M

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3.5 stars

Fistful Of Dollars, A

Sergio Leone’s re-working of Kurosawa’s samurai film Yojimbo (1961) gave birth to the "Spaghetti Western" – the staple of which is a lot of swarthy low lives drinkin’, whorin’ and killin’ each other (and a few innocent bystanders, of course). Hardly inspiring stuff but Leone brought bucket loads of much-imitated (and parodied) style to the job as did composer Ennio Morricone (here credited as Dan Savio). The only pity is the obviously-dubbed dialogue which gives the film an ersatz quality.

Of course the film made a star of teleseries Rawhide's Rowdy Yates, played by Clint Eastwood, who also appeared in the sequel, For A Few Dollars More (1966), and the best of what is an iconic trilogy The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,1966), that featured overlapping characters but, above all, the ultra-cool Man With No Name.




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