For a Few Dollars More (1965) - Western

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Breathtaking

Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw.

IMDB: 8.3
Director: Sergio Leone
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef
Length: 132 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 21 out of 262 found boring (8.01%)

One-line Reviews (185)

I saw this movie along time ago when I was just a little kid and I thought it was boring compared to The Good the Bad and the Ugly.

It was enjoyable to see Volonte have a wider role as the villain, as in the previous film A Fistful of Dollars his villain Ramon Rojo didn't really go into second gear.

Most viewers rate The Good the Bad and the Ugly as the superior of the "Dollars Trilogy," but I think a keen eye might spot For a Few Dollars More as the more compactly entertaining and indeed, more fully realized of the trio.

Later, Van Cleef would stretch the Colonel character a bit farther in Gianfranco Parolini's exciting saga "Sabata.

Unleashing explosive battles between the bounty hunters and the gang,the screenwriters give the title an unexpected haunted atmosphere,as the chimes from a watch open up the madness gripping Indio,and the thrust for revenge that is loading up Mortimer's gun.

I understand the fame of it's trilogy partners, as A Fistful Of Dollars was Eastwood's debut western and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly was the first Leone film to be widely advertised at it's release, but For A Few Dollars More breaks the pattern of the middle film in the trilogy being the poorest, as it is genuinely the most enjoyable watch of the three.

For those like me who did not see this western when it was released, be prepared to spend a bit more than two hours with your adrenaline flowing.

The best of the 'Spaghetti' series, (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) is rather too slowly paced, 'A Fistful of Dollars' will be as entertaining in 50 years time as it is now.

From a negative perspective (not mine), one might say that the gunfights are plain slow, and the action is too sparse.

It's a movie that just gets better and better toward the ending, until it gets to its unavoidable stand-off sequence at the end, that is really exciting and memorable, once again not in the least thanks to Morricone's musical score, that actually plays a real important part during the sequence.

The rousing score by Ennio Morricone (probably his best) is used wall-to-wall and cranked up to full effect, drenching the action in operatic sound and western atmosphere.

This is a timeless and exciting piece of work that will never lose its flavor.

Once again, Ennio Morricone creates an appropriate and, it has to be said, brilliantly evocative score which is a highlight of the whole film.

Whereas Fistful starts with a tense stand off and maintained an active pace, Few Dollars More starts off far too slow and picks up too late.

In this film almost everything is done in a harmonious way, but an unpredictable and uncertain conflict between the three main characters is the biggest asset of this film.

And the confirmation came one year later with "A Few Dollars More", a major Western film that elevates Leone's status as a unique filmmaker and probably the most stylish and entertaining director of Westerns.

It was more thrilling, more interesting and more engaging than it's predecessor, and some scenes in particular took my breath away.

'For A Few Dollars More' is an absorbing experience in the western genre, rivaled only by his 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly' and 'Once Upon a Time in the West.

Pairing Eastwood and Van Cleef was a good idea even before shooting began, and pairing Joe Monco (The Man With No Name) with Douglas Mortimer proves it with the superb chemistry between the two bounty killers, a chemistry that elevates an engaging story to true masterwork.

There is a fairly bizarre level of stylisation, with huge facial close-ups, fast paced editing and long-drawn out stand-offs.

Yet for me the best performance in the film is Volontè's astonishing turn as Indio, one of the most fascinating, vicious, complex, thoughtful bad men in all cinema.

However, Van Cleef's persona and looks gives the character a sense of suspenseful ambiguity.

Though it can tend to drag on just a tiny bit, and doesn't have as strong action as the other one did, though it is replaced with solid key build up moments, along with entertaining conflicts and situations.

The motif of the tinkling watches is, typically, as silly as it is evocative.

Sergio Leone was given a much larger budget with than the one in Fistful and it truly shows because with For A Few Dollars More Leone expands the scope of Fistful and gives this movie a bigger and much larger canvas that is gripping and incredible with an epic style that is operatic.

The soundtrack isn't quite as all encompassing as Conan the Barbarian (the Arnold original, of course), but For A Few Dollars More is one of the rare movies that can match Conan's score for thrilling intensity and thematic punch.

Yeah, I know that sounds a little pretentious for a Spaghetti Western about bank robbery, bounty killers and familial revenge.

Ennio Morricone's music also leaves a bigger mark than before & it's exciting to observe how seamlessly it accompanies the drama.

I believe personally in good and evil, as simple and dull as it may sound.

I watched the films in the wrong order, but I must say that FAFDM is an archetypal `Spaghetti Western', a genre characterized by a deceivingly simple plot, few but ironic lines, absurd coincidences, and intense violence.

And Indio was plain, boring and uninspiring.

He does rollicking theme music as expertly as he does the more intimate, suspenseful moments.

")The dialogue, although it appears to have been filmed in English, is poorly re-dubbed, but nonetheless witty and terse, punctuated by some stunning heat-baked photography.

For a few dollars more has interesting leads but the middle act is drawn out and difficult to follow.

It is also a highly entertaining and accessible film (unlike, for example, the stuff produced by Ingmar Bergman), so it would be a good experience for anyone.

And even the shootouts, where you would expect the movie to shine, get dragged out to the point interest starts to wane.

The villain, played by the same actor is developed and has a engaging story from his past for us too witness.

See this really entertaining western film!!!.

Highly enjoyable; think I'll go and watch it again.

My point being is that they're all slow and this one moves fast compared to the rest.

Nothing fits in MORE This is Leone's most dreamlike film, as his lonely ciphers travel back and forth over a vast, empty terrain, like dream figures.

Exceptional performances by three heavyweight actors, Gian Maria Volonte and Lee Van Cleef - both of whom, it's a shame, did not have all that many more opportunities to shine in quality films after this one - and Clint Eastwood, along with taut direction, editing, cinematography and gripping and unique music (by the great Ennio Morricone), make this movie a real standout.

The story is not only more original the second time around, but is deeper, and more engrossing.

Entertaining .

That film is rather long, but highly creative and entertaining.

Like the previous film, I believe Director Sergio Leone gave us a very adventurous film with unpredictable moments that captures your interest.

Eastwood was always meant to be quiet and mysterious,but in this,you get a sense of his personality and purpose,unlike the third,where he came across a bit bored,which he probably was by that time.

Now, almost forty years later, it's still a fascinating piece of classic cinema.

A really entertaining film with an excellent sound track.

These duels are made all the more gripping as the characters ready themselves to the tune of a musical watch, before drawing their guns and shooting as the tune ends.

I stopped about 15 minutes into the movie because its really, really boring.

By the time the film reached its disjointed and confusing climactic battle, I was still trying to figure out who everyone even was.

Great and gripping .

Lee Van Cleef is as good as Clint Eastwood in this entertaining western film.

Mr. Leone has made again an exciting film full of a vivid violence, fistfights and shooting.

Glan Maria Volonte returns as the villain in this,and he is as enjoyable as ever.

And they are unquestionably entertaining.

The scenery is stunning, the cinematography is beautiful, the atmosphere is engrossing, and the acting is superb.

This unique sound will become evocative of the "spaghetti western" genre.

Leone's directing is at his best here, Eastwood is gripping and entertaining, and Morricone's music is sure to leave you enchanted.

Instead of focus on too much story, Leone's direction, the set design, the costumes, the presence of the actors and Morricone's music gets in focus and creates an unforgettable masterpiece and one of the most entertaining movies ever.

After leaving commercials and the dull portrayal of Rowdie Yates, Eastwood finally got into something that I still enjoy watching - spaghetti westerns.

There's something breathtaking about the way he does close-ups that has so few equals in all of cinematic history, especially in genre films.

The reasons for this film greatness are many: the awesome characters, the presence of several high caliber actors which lead to the high level acting, the highly interesting plot and the cynical way which Leone portraits the Old West which contrasts with the more conventional work of John Ford's westerns (which I personally find rather boring) and the high integration between the score and the film: the film score is all around excellent and highly memorable.

The revenge sub-plot involving Colonel Mortimer is more compelling than the similar one in Leone's "Once Upon a Time in the West" because Mortimer is more developed as a character than the Harmonica Player (which is not to insult the great Charles Bronson).

Of course his trademarks elements such as extreme close-ups of eyes, flashbacks, slow storytelling, gritty atmosphere and stand-offs are all present here.

Both have written a story that is engaging and this is due to a plot with much bigger stakes, and rewards, and also much better written characters.

The movie has a simple but reasonably engaging story with a few interesting characters.

The build up to gunfights are more drawn out and stylized, the cackling has been amped up a notch, the ridiculously accurate marksmanship reaches surreal levels, and Leone isn't in a hurry to do anything, marrying silence or Morricone's soundtrack with scenes where people just stare at each other, smoke, or lead horses through sudden rainburst.

Very entertaining.

The latter is still my favourite of his, but I really think For a Few Dollars More has a more daring, challenging and unpredictable script!

The Action and gunfights in FFDM are truly thrilling and are done with white hot tension and suspense that never quits.

As these two titans of terror combine their powers, the stage is set for one of the most breathtaking, operatic, and violent showdowns in the Western genre.

The problem is that the final part is a bit too long and confusing.

If it contains the intelligent plot of Fistful with the beauty and intense nature of Once Upon A Time in the West, then it'll be a winner in my book.

Along with another great score as music background, the team assembled for this picture proves gripping and breath-taking.

Yet, Sergio Leone made Tuco in GBU more entertaining than Blondie.

Clint Eastwood had by now gained more confidence, and had perfected his slow, silent, moody persona that would become his trademark.

The action scenes feel limp and overdone while the staredowns become predictable.

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

From its playful opening credits sequence to its modernistic end, For A Few Dollars More is entertaining and well made, in almost all aspects, and its subversion of Western conventions is so complete that one might call it a Western in name only; it's more of a buddy or caper film.

And, trust me, you should own all three films, like I do, and their breathtaking soundtracks…

Agreed, the whole trilogy is a masterpiece, but this one has the balance between a great music score, involving plot lines, superb one-liners, inspiring acting, exciting shootouts and memorable characters down to an absolute fine art.

Long but involving story is most compelling, and film remains a firm classic.

Holding the centre between the compressed hysteria of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS and the epic baroque of THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY, FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE is a muted, slow-burning puzzle.

The marching shots of people on horseback with the widescreen direction of Leone while Morricone's score is playing is just visually stunning, and the sound design ( Every single sound was shot pre-production as the film was shot silent ) is impeccable.

Overall - very enjoyable, 8/10

Boring .

Too much is going on and the plot is a little too twisty for my liking but it is still enjoyable.

Exciting,Action-Packed and Very Entertiaining, .

The film is often slow paced.

Few such works of uninhibited masculinity exist, and fewer still are entertaining enough to maintain my interest for more than an hour at a time, much less three.

In fact, I very much enjoyed it more than A Fistful of Dollars.

Though it's a little longer than it should be and drags at times, it's still a solid action packed western.

It is action packed, highly enjoyable and satisfying.

Sergio Leone has created a film that is much more cinematic and traditional in comparison to the first film but at the same time not trading off the uniqueness of the first film, which was the slow building tension and the close ups of people's faces focusing on their reactions and the emotional facial acting by the actors.

Really enjoyable.

Volontè portrays his character with a level of complexity and expressiveness rarely seen in the Western genre, whilst Van Cleef is given a central part in the film's most memorable and entertaining scenes - the 'match-striking scene', the 'hat-shooting scene', and the inevitable standoff.

It's enjoyable the whole way through and doesn't even build up to that much of a climax.

Still, it's a fun film and the gun fights are exciting.

Both characters are compelling, Volante, especially.

The films get progressively better, with the first a loose remake of something else about a loner wading into a town; beating up the Mexican bandits and then attempting to rescue a damsel, a wonderful film on its own but now more a fascinating example of Leone as he found his directorial feet.

This is a spaghetti western with some good storytelling and a entertaining one that will inspire other future movies to come.

Most Entertaining Spaghetti Western .

Gian Maria Volonté is always compelling as the chief psychopath, what with his mixture of physical menace and psychological damage.

What these films share are strong characterizations, unhurried pacing, unpredictable developments, a "playing for keeps" mentality, and well-built suspense.

A most enjoyable and excellent film.

The film is a bit slow for today standards but it doesn't care because it is highly entertaining and satisfying at the end.

With a taut screenplay, tight editing, impressive camera work, Superb cinematography with beautifully framed shots, Morricone's atmospheric and slow-burning score, a nuanced direction and an unmatched chemistry between Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef, one of the most intimidating villains in a Western, I wouldn't be exaggerating if I said that For a Few Dollars More is about on par with Leone's masterpiece The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

This movie is just a bland nothing and I don't get all the positive reviews.

He has a musical pocket watch that he plays before engaging in gun duels: "When the chimes finish, begin," he says.

To make it even more confusing, the leader is named "El Indio", the Indian.

Plus Fistful has it's slow parts....

The close-ups, long shots, and quick edits are all Leone's signature, and yet again keep the movie moving and entertaining.

A powerful western that's more than worth watching.

I highly recommend it and I give it a perfect 10 score.

Companionship between two bounty hunters is intense and they have different desires in their hunt of Indio.

Fewer still pulsate with the raw energy and power embodied in those empty spaces, those quiet staring contests between men capable of blowing each other to bits with a twitch of their dusty digits, those treacherous wastelands, those hostile encounters, and those crusty, bearded, cigarette-chewing men imbued with only a desire to survive and succeed, no matter the cost.

Then there is the music by Ennio Morricone which is wonderfully evocative.

In my opinion it is the best of the Sergio Leone films ("The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" grates a little on re-viewing; "A fistful of dollars" is too claustrophobic (script-wise) and predictable; "A few dollars more" has more scope, and a very mean attitude to boot).

Excellent production design by Carlo Simi , Leone's usual and cinematography by Massimo Dallamano is fascinating .

The duel during the film's climatic moment is both intense and suspenseful.

Indeed the slowest parts of the movie are the Sergio Leone's close-ups on the characters' face expressions, which thanks to an excellent cast create characterization and convey emotional tension.

(The action in "A Fistful of Dollars", by contrast, can sometimes be confusing).

However, I just the pacing of the story was a little slow at times, as they were a lot of all talk and less action in the packed, two-hour movie.

This movement makes the film move faster and exciting.

There really is very little to criticise this film about, but the only negative thing about this film is that I felt that the last 30 minutes was a bit too drawn out.

Exciting!

And his bad guys are so despicable and unclean they render themselves unwatchable.

This one too, has stunning cinematography and an excellent atmosphere.

The first 30 minutes of the film are riveting,showing the main characters in unrelated incidents before the strands twists together for the main story,which is never short of suspenseful,involving and enjoyable.

All the compelling contradictions and paradoxes of the Leone aesthetic are in full fruitful disjunction here.

Plot has been quite gripping.

All in all a very entertaining watch.

The Hat scene and the final shoot out that leads to the inevitably , riveting showdown are all impressive.

The jail break scene was exciting and the bank robbery really had me on the edge of my seat.

I thought that Douglas Mortimer is one of the most fascinating and badass movie characters ever!

The other thing this movie lacked is a gripping climax.

I also love his funky array of guns, and his motivation is suitably compelling.

Back to A Few Dollars More, the stylised visuals are stunning to look at, the scenery is the very definition of epic and the cinematography sweeps.

"For a Few Dollars More" is a highly enjoyable spaghetti western film.

) Stylistically iconic, this Sergio Leone opus has an endlessly fascinating and spellbinding story that surprises to the end.

(El Indio has such a watch that he plays before engaging in duels).

In FAFDM, Gian Maria Volonté and Lee Van Cleef gave a stunning performance, the former as a psychotic criminal, the latter as a cynical bounty killer.

If you've seen several Spaghetti Westerns from the 60s-70s then you know that the ones by Leone are a notch or two above the other ones in overall quality, but I usually find his stories and the overall presentation kinda dull, albeit somewhat entrancing.

Combined with exciting shootouts, Leone's trilogy made movie history and remains compelling cinema.

One thing remains, that each of the two films are breathtaking in their imagery and direction as they weave a dramatic and involving path, leading us through a hostile perception of the old west to a form of satisfying closure effortlessly tying up various strands.

Mixed together with prolific gunshots, galloping and more, so much of the live and style of these movies supports itself on a bed of exciting sound.

A Few Dollars, Worth Watching .

Is it because 'For a Few Dollars More' is entertaining?

In my humble opinion, For a Few Dollars More pales in comparison to its predecessor, the wonderfully entertaining Fistful of Dollars.

This isn't a dry western either and it's a western that most audiences can enjoy, in fact I sort of found this sequel to be bit more entertaining, although it isn't really a sequel.

This movie is no different than any of Eastwood's western: it's silly, it's cliché, uninspired, macho, stereotyped, hardly tackles any historical events that occurred, testosterone, and same grin facial expression throughout the entire movie.

Even the catchy theme song begins to feel repetitive at times.

This exciting bounty hunter shoot'em up has Monco (Clint Eastwood) forming an uneasy alliance with Carolina-bred Colonel Douglas Mortimer (Lee Van Cleef) to wipe out a ruthless gang of murderous desperadoes.

Although the films in this canon have a tricky kind of symbolism which underline the finished product with a bracing, immediate quality that can be quite gripping for an audience, they are not deep-thinkers, and after the first hour it becomes blurry with noisy violence.

This character was wonderfully realised as a sadistic maniac who was thrilling to watch.

Leone, along with his writing partners, Fulvio Morsella and Luciano Vincenzoni, create a riveting, action-filled, heart-in-the-mouth western adventure, packed with machismo and sly humour (the cut-throat town of Agua Caliente literally means "hot water").

There is one improvement over that film though, and that is the writing of Clint Eastwood's character, more developed and more compelling.

He has a musical pocket watch that he plays before engaging in gun duels.

Most of them, excluding a fantastic scene involving hats -- which I consider the second best scene in the whole trilogy -- are honestly quite boring.

" But sometimes I get a little bored watching "For a Few Dollars More," and that simply doesn't happen to me during its predecessor or its sequel.

Morricone's haunting score (as recognised in the pocket watch's melody) and Leone's attention to an evocative mise-en-scene combine together with a plot that moves the viewer from title to end with (dark)humor, tension and finally beauty.

" The long, drawn-out pauses that establish mood, the way different parts create their own tone which meld seamlessly into the next, the complications in the unfolding of the narrative that set up exciting alternatives to audience expectations, the sense of divine judgment in a world where the existence of divinity itself seems in question, and finally that incredible Morricone score (much more diversified than we heard in "Fistful," with some recognizable melodies and nice use of off-tones like the harmonica and that everpresent Jew's harp) all point to something with the heft and scale of Verdi.

We've seen what all sides are capable of in compelling ways.

All I can say is that this movie is certainly unpredictable.

For A Few Dollars More is a fantastic western with a terrific storyline that stays fresh and entertaining from start to finish and a brilliant cast that know very well how to act in a western.

The action seemed a little too repetitive, and lacked the ingenuity of "The good, the bad and the ugly".

The film boasts incredible cinematography, a thrilling score and bad-ass characters.

The bad guy is a miserable wretch whose only comfort from his past is violence, Van Cleef's revenge motivation is far more compelling than Harmonica's in OUATITW, and Eastwood is just plain the most badass he's ever been.

But it can't match up to it's predecessor, a more concentrated and enjoyable movie.

After the Box Office success of A Fistful Of Dollars director Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood were both asked to do a follow up and the two responded with For A Few Dollars More the second film in The Man With No Name/Dollars trilogy and is a brilliant,thrilling and intense Western classic that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until the very end and will keep you glued to the screen.

However, this one was a waste of time!

That these latter are linked through family, past and death, against Monco is significant, but there might also be another opposition between 'old man' Mortimer, with his traditional, if more TERMINATOR-like, revenge quest, and 'boy' Monco's pointless capitalism, the Old West and the New (although Mortimer is linked to trains, which are shown, in a wonderful scene with a stubborn old landowner, to be the phantom power indifferent to these boy-boy rituals - soon to be dramatised in Leone's masterpiece).

However, this one seemed a little repetitive and predictable.

It's this sort of blazing, distinct style that makes the film so infectious and enjoyable.

Serigo Leone's second entry in his sensational Dollars trilogy may well be the best of the three and makes for a memorably atomspheric, exciting and superb western experience.

Using Fistful's camera-man Massimo Dallamano, Leone does what he does best in his spaghetti westerns- he creates a perfectly in sync mood with his characters: each look in a scene, whether it's intense waiting for guns to be drawn, or just regular conversation, the look of the film draws the viewer in without over-doing it.

Exciting, larger than life and a true classic .

I challenge anyone to watch a spaghetti western without the sound, using just subtitles, and I guarantee that person will be bored to death.

Gian Maria Volonte is amazing and intense as Indio a sadistic outlaw.

Without doubt among the best of the western genre, Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone's Man With No Name trilogy, the unofficial launch of the "spaggetti western" subgenre, rewrote the rules, using the intangibles of cinematography, Ennio Morricone's haunting scores, and settings to extract engaging storytelling despite the less-than-flawless dubbing of character voices and the cheesy sound effects (the overused gunshot sound is straight out of Warner Brothers cartoons).

I wasn't bored, it kept moving, it didn't try to be anything more than what it was, and I enjoyed it.

It's too confusing, especially when the characters are so similar.

Movie shifts feelings and it makes it entertaining to watch as well as it twisty plot and intelligent characters that surprise us with some of their actions and have a profound meaning behind their thinking.