A Fistful of Dollars

Constantin Film Produktion Released 1964




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Sergio Leone

The film takes place in Mexico, in a town called San Miguel on the Mexican-American border. The Man with No Name wanders into town during his travels and hears about the local drama. Apparently, two families are currently struggling for control over the small town. The Rojo brothers and their powerful gang of outlaws seek to overthrow the governance of the town's sheriff and his family. Sensing a profitable opportunity, the Man with No Name begins a dangerous game, playing the two sides against each other for his personal profit. As the tension increases and the stakes get raised, this mysterious stranger will have to tread carefully, or San Miguel may become the final stop on his long journey across North America.

Metacritic Score

  • 100


    Leone makes the borders of the frame feel limitless, his camera moves striking out unpredictably as if he could barely tame his vision. Ennio Moriconne's indelible score added a wi...

  • 90


    This is a hard-hitting item, ably directed, splendidly lensed, neatly acted, which has all the ingredients wanted by action fans and then some.

  • 70

    Time Out London 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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    • Production Budget - $200,000
      Domestic Gross - $14,500,000

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $127,225,806

    • Other production companies
      Jolly Film
      Ocean Films
      United Artists (distributor)

    • Filming locations:
      Almería, Andalucía, Spain
      Cabo de Gata, Almería, Andalucía, Spain
      Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain
      Cinecittà Studios, Cinecittà, Rome, Lazio, Italy
      Colmenar Viejo, Madrid, Spain
      Cortijo El Sotillo, Almería, Andalucía, Spain
      Hoyo de Manzanares, Madrid, Spain
      Los Albaricoques, Cabo de Gata, Almería, Andalucía, Spain
      Tabernas, Almería, Andalucía, Spain

    • Taglines:
      1. In his own way he is perhaps, the most dangerous man who ever lived!
      2. A Fistful of Dollars is the first motion picture of its kind. It won't be the last!
      3. This short cigar belongs to a man with no name. This long gun belongs to a man with no name. This poncho belongs to a man with no name. He's going to trigger a whole new in adventure.


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