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Sergio Leone's Hawaiian debut
- Will Fox
Living in Hawaii in the 1960s, my teenaged younger brother went to a drive in movie with his comely girlfriend and for the first time came unexpectedly home very excitedly, exclaiming unique enthusiasm for "The Man With No Name." Curbing his enthusiasm seemed unlikely. Yet, "A Fist Full of Dollars" was a new phenomenon, the First "Spaghetti Western." Confirmed by Sergio's successes, engaging Americans and packing theaters, especially 1966's "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly" with Ennio Morricone's memorably whimsical score. More surprised was Clint Eastwood, working with Sergio Leone's poor Italians in Spain's bleak, primitive Andalucia. According to Time magazine's film reviewer and biographer, Richard Schickel's book, Clint Eastwood: "I've never been to Italy. I've never been to Spain. I've never been to any of the countries I'll see how other people make films in other countries. We had no electricity; we didn't have a trailer with a toilet. We just went out behind rocks." So surprised Eastwood paid his dues, earning international stardom. Most surprisingly, the era of John Ford's inspiring Westerns with honorably heroic men and women pioneers, (brave, courageous and hard working American-Dream builders), was replaced in the 1960s by (D) Pres. Johnson's Vietnam War and Hollywood's anti-hero cynicism.
"The Man With No Name" is actually called "Joe" several times by Piripero.
this is why people should love the film business.
what might have been a cheap..throw away movie..became an instant classic. it not only help to make one man into a major acting talent for film..and would in time lead him down the path to become a great director himself..it elevated the career of the man who was responsible for the original material..and made the man responsible for the western remake..a legend as well.if that was not enough..the film industries of japan..Italy..and the united states all got a boost out of this. plus ..spain became a major hub for film making. this is ..insane and beautiful motion picture history.
A Fistful of Dollars
- Michael Whitty
Clint Eastwood's famous "man with no name" comes into a western town and guns down the bad guys. "A Fistful of Dollars" was his first "spaghetti western" and it was likeable enough to make for more. The basic good vs bad in storytelling works but the good guy has to keep the interest of the audience throughout. Here was the beginning of a real Hollywood star who would capture audience interest and hold it. In these films there were more bad guys than good and Clint would have to kill them all. These westerns were made in the 60s and then the "Dirty Harry" films came in the 70s and Clint became one of Hollywood's best to restore law and order.
A Fistfull of Dollars
Overall-3 1/2 out of 5Lead Performers-4/5Supporting Cast-2/5Director-4 1/2 out of 5Screenplay-3/5Cinematography-4/5Importance-4/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-4/5
A Fistful of Dollars
- Dashiell B.
The first film in the "Dollars Trilogy" and the film that sparked the Spaghetti Western sub-genre. Eastwood's "Man with no Name," donning a poncho and chewing on a half-smoked cigar plays both sides for feuding family's. Director Leone broke the rules of the Western genre where their aren't any heroics or honour, but only greed and betrayal, themes enhanced by Ennio Morricone's score. Drags midway through, but is a first in a trilogy that has become of massive cult series. I give it a 4/5.
The debut of the Man with No Name
The Man with No Name (Clint Eastwood) rides into a border town ran by two fueding families: the Baxters and the Rojos. Both families terrorize the other town's residents, even knowingly keeping a married woman (Marianne Koch) as a mistress. The Man with No Name has no real interest in anyone's problems or how to solve them, just how much money he can make. When this film was released in the US, audiences didn't know what to make of what they had just seen. But they sure won't forget it anytime soon.