A Fistful of Dollars (1964) - Drama, Western

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A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

IMDB: 8
Director: Sergio Leone
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè
Length: 99 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 25 out of 278 found boring (8.99%)

One-line Reviews (146)

Poor writing, directing, acting, and plot make this one of the all time worst movies.

Charismatic but ultimately empty .

Riding into the sunset or wrangling an unruly horse were now stale, predictable.

Some movies in the future will follow in this movie's footsteps and some may get bashed on for it's cliché.

However, the conclusion is satisfying and the film enjoyable.

It's an entertaining movie, the birth of a great collaboration between Eastwood and Leone, and seems to have been influential to the entire genre, and for all that it's worth watching.

The image one takes away from seeing this film at first may be one of brutal grittiness and realism, what with all those nostril-boring close-ups and blood.

Unfortunately, for me, he was the only interesting character - all the other characters in this film were rather dull in my opinion.

Just mundane business, even for that era.

A Western where events were unpredictable.

This is an exciting western starring Clint Eastwood as The Man With No Name, who tries to make a fortune off of pitting two rivaling families (Rojos and Baxters) by playing them against each other, and trying to save the town from the greed and revenge in the process.

He stays calm in the face of danger and carries an intense coolness throughout the film that makes him all the more entertaining to watch.

Overall, though, "A Fistful Of Dollars" is an entertaining western.

Westerns made after this film are sugar coated and over all just plain dull.

To add to the confusion, he is set up as an amoral opportunistic killer.

It starts with a thrilling massacre of dozens of Mexican soldiers, albeit curiously bloodless, carried out by a machine gun the likes of which the Earth has never seen (until this movie).

The influence of Kurosawa's "Yojimbo" being weaved into a Western tale is interesting immediately, & it was definitely well written into a simple but intriguing story.

A fistful of dollars was a game changer and gave a grittier take on the western revealing a realistic and violent side to a genre that was dying a slow death at the box office.

Introducing the style that has since become synonymous with director Leone—gritty violence, extreme close-ups of twitchy faces juxtaposed with lengthy long shots, much inspired by Japanese film-makers—the film is a visually impressive and utterly engrossing piece of cinema from its iconic opening credits sequence (accompanied by a classic Morricone score) to its corpse strewn finale.

The editing is snappy and I was also impressed with the taut camera angles.

DOLLARS works best as a European ghost story, full of mysterious strangers, gallows, corpses on horseback, widows, coffinmakers, cemetaries, nocturnal orgies, dead defenders of graves etc., reminding us of a Europe itself not uncontaminated from a brutal, pointless, nihilistic, bloody history.

Nevertheless, in the sixties it must have seemed to American audiences like something fresh and exciting.

Don't get me wrong, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is one of the greatest films of all time, but there's something to be said about a film that keeps its story centered around one small town and is able to keep the film as compelling as a film that gives a bigger scope.

(making this a prequel to that film) After getting of the spaceship Clint Eastwood gets a strange sense of confusion do to the drastic change in altitude.

For about 2 to 3 minutes, we are given a slow tour of the setting through a camera tracking through the small Mexican village.

Eastwood and Volenté are magnificent, the arid "Mexican" (cough Spanish) landscape is breathtaking, the music is superb and this film is a work of art.

It is definitely a big risk in creating a protagonist with no background, it can be hard to empathise with but at the same time it allows the audience to become curious of the character and allows him to become unpredictable.

And a fully enjoyable film experience.

For A Few Dollars More was even more impressive with an amazingly tense atomsphere and was extremely exciting and full of twists and turns.

It sounds familiar, but again, that is very interesting and exciting.

It's not that great, I actually fell asleep at the half of the movie.

Fistful of dollars is the movie that showed us how entertaining, intelligent and marvelous movie of greed and redemption can be.

It is enjoyable to watch the three movies in order: Fistfull of dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

The action is also at times over-leisurely and difficult to follow.

It makes you realize that the Old West wasn't as nice as many romanticized Hollywood Westerns portray it, although those movies, too are enjoyable in their own right.

I suppose the film was good in its day, but I found it a bit boring with a lot of credibility issues.

A Fistful Of Dollars is a movie that is an instant classic from the moment you watch it and is a film that is thrilling and stylish,violent and intense as well as brutal and harsh with a power and energy that never stops until the very end.

Acting is just good as usual for this material, settings are rich (but not as rich as in next their movies, which will have a bigger budgets), plot is simple yet intriguing, and a Man with no name never misses.

But it is still worth watching.

How will the audience react to a charming and exciting anti-hero?

This classic Western contains slow and deliberating filming , elaborate shoot-outs , and portentous close-ups of grime-encrustred faces with bloodbaths included .

Hugely enjoyable slice of Western film-making which is consistently kept under a tight hold by a director hitting all sorts of form.

Leone paints a unique new portrait of the wild frontier, whilst at the same timed giving the legend a stunning,invigorating and eye opening new twist.

Leone was obviously going for entertaining realism when shooting this film and it absolutely paid off.

The circular, ritual nature of the plot, the relentless explosion of irrational emotion and exciting violence, the inexorable music, the overheated religious imagery, the intense Leone close-ups, the flaming colour, all bring the viewer to a heady pitch.

Fistful is Empty ** .

The first of Sergio Leones spaghetti westerns is now overshadowed by its superior successors, but remains an exciting introduction to this peculiar genre.

While nothing really stands out except for Clint's manliness, 'Fistful' paved the way for more famous westerns, and provided an entertaining 100 minutes any fan of the genre will appreciate, and can serve as a good start for newcomers.

This tension between his supernatural gunplay (hinted at by the score) and his very human frailty is compelling.

Regardless, the film is a deft but entertaining piece; a wondrous study of a central character coming around to substitute his selfish and methodical ways to fight off misogyny and terrorism – a rock of a performance at the centre of it all and a persistently high level of directing throughout.

Akin to Luis Bacalov, Ennio Morricone delivers a thrilling and unique brand of music for this Spaghetti Western.

Exciting Western remake that doesn't lose it's energy after forty years .

While the movie has its slow parts, and the plot doesn't evolve very smoothly; it gets messy and muddled halfway through, A Fistful of Dollars's story never loses its track.

What I also believe to be the finest trilogy in the history of cinema shoots off to an utterly riveting start.

The acting is great, the action is intense, the story is good (even if, again, its messy sometimes), its surprisingly funny, and Clint Eastwood is a badass with no name.

Worth watching just because it's interesting to see both Leone and Eastwood develop their styles progressively through the "Dollar" trilogy.

Clint Eastwood came off absolutely dull here.

The score by Ennio Morricone is terrific,intense,epic and matches the tone of the movie perfectly.

Gritty and engrossing .

The story itself is fast paced and very violent which adds a sense of realism to the picture and makes us care for the characters and their plight.

The gritty realism is brought alive by such earthy, grim and sooty locations to lively stage these dangerously imaginative and suspenseful showdowns.

But as the feud between the two families becomes more intense it builds up to violent showdowns with the gunslinger right smack in the middle.

Let me explain, there were points in the film (SPOILERS), where I thought to myself, "oh, this is a beutiful build up to an amazing dramatic scene with beutiful shots that can go down in movie history, but then nothing happens and it moves on.

The music pulls the strings of a wide range of emotions from the harmonica's melancholic slowness to the flute's solemnity, from the trumpets' inspirational melody to the heart-pounding vibrancy of the suspenseful drums.

The first of Sergio Leone's "spaghetti westerns" is now overshadowed by its superior successors, but remains an exciting introduction to this peculiar genre.

The movie is still an enjoyable movie to watch.

However, the fascinating aspect of A Fistful of Dollars is how Leone films every single scene and every single situation.

It's supposed to be about the slow movement and timing isn't it?

The first entry into the famed 'man with no name' trilogy is a solid, action packed western.

While it sounds pointless and boring, these scenes are done extensive amount of times to make the audience feel uneasy and unprepared for what's going to happen next.

Despite the characters seeming bland when compared to 'The Good the bad and the Ugly', the film itself is interesting even though every aspect of the film is lower than the final installment.

The story must have been written within 30 minutes(and then still in a slow pace).

The music is too repetitive.

He is intelligent, wise and unruffled by anything, and ultimately schemes to make himself a rich man, though, interestingly, he only steals from morally suspect individuals, allowing the viewer to empathise with him despite his crimes Directorally stunning, with Morricone's sweeping score to carry things, this is a legitimate triumph of cinema.

I'm not too huge a fan of westerns, but I believe Director Sergio Leone gave us a very adventurous, well-paced film with unpredictable moments that captures your interest.

I saw this film at a sleepover (how exciting) when I was very young and only watched it recently with a critical eye.

Unfortunately the dubbing's still there of course, but the sound is much better and the cinematography is at times stunning in its clarity.

Good, entertaining western.

It's not really surprising, as there's something very enticing and watchable about this movie; it's a very stylish and likable movie which, as well as making Leone an Italian force to be reckoned with, also dragged Eastwood's career out of the television doldrums and turned him, overnight, into an international movie star.

If it's slow moving at times, the music of Ennio Morricone always takes up the slack.

Volontè's performance is wonderfully over-the-top, and he has a very intense look that befits the character and lends him a real sense of menace.

Exciting, professional, artistic.

Especially riveting are the showdown scenes in which Leone uses multiple extreme close-ups on each character's face and that furious score in the background to create serious tension.

While the music adds to the feel of the film, the authentic location shooting of desolate mountains also creates a barren, sun-parched atmosphere, so evocative that you can almost feel yourself in the story, with the heat pounding down on you.

"The story is weak, most of the acting bordering on comical and there's no depth to speak of, but the Akira Kurosawa-inspired style of "A Fistful of Dollars" makes it entertaining and a rather fascinating watch from a stylistic perspective.

It makes the story look a little crude in spots, but it is still a very entertaining film and nicely shot and scored....

(2) Do you leave the theater so disturbed by the carnage that it serves as the only thing you remember about the film a year later?

Overall, it's a good, entertaining western to watch.

Most boring of the boring spaghettis .

An engaging story is developed with enough turns to keep it interesting for its relatively short duration.

An enjoyable gateway western.

Eastwood also has 2 entertaining sidekicks in this film, the local barowner-innkeeper Silvanito (Jose Calvo), who fills him in on the Rojos and Baxters early in the film, and coffinmaker Piripero (wonderfully played by Joseph Egger), whose facial humor speaks volumes throughout the film.

Despite the bad voice dubbing and weak acting this is still an entertaining film for Eastwood or western fans.

Clint Eastwood as the Stranger is ruthless, cruel, and yet realistic and fascinating at the same time.

Simply having an old mercenary who travels the land in search of wrongs to right and battles to be fought makes the story a lot more compelling than the Westerns where we are told every iota of the characters' motivations in the hope that it will give them some depth.

In fact Fistful of Dollars was more for approximately 200 THOUSAND DOLLARS and it's one of the most entertaining action flicks I've seen in ages.

Still, despite its roughness, it's still quite an entertaining film and the gunfights, as fast as they might be, helped define a style that would be copied in film after film for a long time.

Be that as it may, this film was still enjoyable none the less and I recommend it for those who like westerns in general.

"A Fistful of Dollars" lacks the artistic coherence that Kurosawa effortlessly instills into his movies, whilst at the same time keeping it funny, intriguing and well paced.

I find it entertaining, if not a little ballistic, and more enjoyable than most of today's credits: you often see names you just don't care about fading in and out of the screen whilst the movie has already begun.

This movie is purely enjoyable and will keep you on the edge of your seats.

This is one of the factors which made the final showdown truly gripping.

The plot is engrossing and I doubt if there had been one similar to it in any film up to this point.

The film also marked the emergence of Sergio Leone as a masterful director - the ultimate evidence of his talent coming a few years later with the stunning Once Upon A Time In The West.

However, Leone's hand is unmistakable, and his direction was already world quality in this early film, showing us his quality by mixing stunning widescreens with intimate close ups, while also containing many scenes of beautifully lit nighttime cinematography & pure visceral thrills with Morricone's score blazing through important moments, making sure that A Fistful of Dollars is still a masterful movie worthy of recognition.

The only real flaw I would say is to be found in the movie is that by today's standards the movie is both a little long (100 minutes) and a tad slow.

The main theme, a lyrical whistle, is addictive and very evocative of the period; the western and this kind of music go hand in hand, so when you think of one you automatically think of the other.

This movie is shorter for only an hour and 39 minutes long, which is not boring, it is fast paced and it is filled with classic moments.

But that cliché started with this film, which is the original.

The western genre is one full of beautiful scenery, exciting adventure, lovable characters, and a clear-cut view on who is good and who is bad.

Most of the score is more of the background type music, until an action sequence breaks out, which it then turns very intense, giving the atmosphere a feel of desperation, as if the audience is The Man With No Name, needing to survive the bloody gunfight that our protagonist is currently in.

I really enjoyed it, one of the best Westerns ever and Clint Eastwood's first big movie.

It also works as a fine piece of storytelling, dealing with the recognisable iconography of the American western and the identifiable conflict between the hero and villain, but with that sense of subversion in order to give us something fresh, exciting and completely diverse.

The story had many plot turns and kept me interested throughout although the basic premise has now, 50 years later, become quite common and alsmot cliché.

I actually found them both kind of confusing.

However, the hallmarks of the Dollars trilogy are well in place to ensure that first-time viewers will be thrilled by what they see and hear, stunning visuals and an unforgettable musical score.

There is one breathtaking sequence wherein we see through the eyes of a character that has been shot as he wobbles and falls.

I had preconceptions that they were slow-paced, boring and far too long.

The cinematography was visually stunning: wind-scoured deserts, dusty landscapes, empty streets.

An Excellent,Thrilling And Stylish Classic From Sergio Leone And Clint Eastwood.

A rough but entertaining start for the man with no name .

There are few action packed sequences and whistle-blowing dialogues that can only come out of a fanboy's perspective and this is the key that makes the feature stand alone in its franchise.

This is the area of the film that I felt was the weakest as simple the plot may be, it lacks a strong build up to the memorable and exciting climax.

Okay, I understand he is seriously injured and can barely stand, but imagine how stunning this scene could've been, hear me out...

So many shootouts in the film, it does become a tad repetitive.

Now, while this is a very enjoyable film it does have a few scenes which strain reality.

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His acting is simply mind blowing.

I saw this movie thinking hum mm shall I watch it because it has Clint Eastwood and I thought give a shot so I did and I found it quite exciting to be honest so to say the best things about the movie really are the action sequences, which include the shot-outs and the amazing ending which one of the best endings in my opinion in cinematic history.

The ending scene is so full of tension and suspense that you will be cringing on the edge of your seat.

While the plot is lifted almost verbatim from Akira Kurosawa's epic Yojimbo, the real devil is in the details as Leone challenges dozens of overplayed western tropes and instantly changes the genre's personality from a preachy, predictable windbag to a dirty, selfish, no-nonsense killer.

Now, don't get me wrong, it was quite entertaining.

The film flows at breakneck speed and every scene is riveting and compelling.

Boy, what a waste of money this was!

Enjoyable western romp...

It features villains you hate, a protagonist you admire, an entertaining story and plenty of action.

The action is fun, intense and exciting, and the bad guys are presented so that hating them is an absolute joy.

The bells, the whistles, and the percussion create a suspenseful atmosphere where the dark grim frown painted on Eastwood's face says it all.

A Fistful Of Dollars is one of the greatest Westerns ever made,an excellent,thrilling and stylish classic that combines amazing direction,a terrific star making performance by Clint Eastwood,intense Action and a fantastic score.

What is most fascinating about 'A Fistful of Dollars' is how Leone was able to reconstruct and breathe new life into a distinctly-American genre that had been suffering dwindling popularity in recent years.

There is also a consistently humorous tone running through the film which does make the film enjoyable.

The movie isn't as good as the sequels that followed,but very entertaining and Clint Eastwood is really good here.

But aside from it, the shootouts and gun fights are surprisingly boring, monotonous, and unvaried.

It may seem like I'm panning this film but I'll be honest and admit that on the whole I did find the film enjoyable.

This movie is shorter for only an hour and 39 minutes long, which is not boring, it is fast paced and it is filled with classic moments.

As much as simple the plot goes, the weaving of the whole structure goes dull in its first act, as it grows obvious.