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A Fistful of Dollars(Per un pugno di dollari)

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Italy, Spain, West Germany
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1964

Rated R · 1h 39m

Director Sergio Leone
Starring Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, Gian Maria Volontè, Wolfgang Lukschy
Genre Western
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The Man With No Name arrives in a small village in Mexico, soon learning that the town is dominated by two corrupt and violent families in constant conflict, the Rojo brothers and the Baxters. In order to make money, the man decides to play both sides of their conflict, leading to disastrous and violent circumstances for the town.

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Actor Eastwood, the sometime star of television's Rawhide, is certainly not paid by the word. In Fistful he hardly talks at all. Doesn't shave, either. Just drawls orders. Sometimes the bad guys drawl back. Just as tersely. Trouble is, after they stop talking, their lips keep moving. That's because the picture is dubbed. Like the villains, it was shot in Spain. Pity it wasn't buried there.
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The New York Times by Bosley Crowther

Clearly, the magnet of this picture, which has been a phenomenal success in Italy and other parts of Europe, is this cool-cat bandit who is played by Clint Eastwood, an American cowboy actor who used to do the role of rowdy in the Rawhide series on TV. Wearing a Mexican poncho, gnawing a stub of cheroot and peering intently from under a slouch hat pulled low over his eyes, he is simply another fabrication of a personality, half cowboy and half gangster, going through the ritualistic postures and exercises of each.
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Time Out London by Geoff Andrew

Based on Kurosawa's Yojimbo, it sets a fashion in surly, laconic, supercool heroes with Eastwood's amoral gunslinger, who plays off two gangs against one another in a deadly feud.
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The A.V. Club by Sam Adams

The visual scheme of Leone’s movie leaves no doubt as to his familiarity with Kurosawa’s movie. Plopping Eastwood’s roving gunman down in the middle of a dusty street with opposing gangs lodged at either end, Fistful replicates Yojimbo’s visual plan to an almost distracting extent. The bigger problem with Fistful is that Leone is still attempting to work with a conventional plot, which never plays to his strengths.

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