A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari)
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By the time Sergio Leone made this film, Italians had already produced about 20 films ironically labelled "spaghetti westerns." Leone approached the genre with great love and humor. Although the plot was admittedly borrowed from Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1961), Leone managed to create a work of his own that would serve as a model for many films to come. Clint Eastwood plays a cynical gunfighter who comes to a small border town and offers his services to two rivaling gangs. Neither gang is aware of his double play, and each thinks it is using him, but the stranger will outwit them… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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"Once in a great while a western comes along that breaks new ground and becomes a classic of the genre."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Though far less operatic and satisfying than Leone's later work, his first spaghetti Western with Eastwood still looks stylish, if a little rough at the edges."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Westerns were never the same after Sergio Leone."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"What Leone does with this movie is boil the Western down to its very essence, removing all the extraneous parts."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"A Fistful of Dollars may lack the mournful intensity and Shakespearian comedy of the later Leone classics, but as an action film it holds up brilliantly."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"This is a hard-hitting item, ably directed, splendidly lensed, neatly acted, which has all the ingredients wanted by action fans and then some."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Egregiously synthetic but engrossingly morbid, violent film."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The moment where Sergio Leone, anonymous costume drama hack turned into Sergio Leone, keen stylist and poet of cruelty."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A deliciously ripe spaghetti western"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"A clever film, shot with sophistication, which ... propelled Eastwood to international stardom."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"From Clint Eastwood's iconic performance to Ennio Morricone's unforgettable (and much-parodied) musical score, A Fistful of Dollars (****) took the western down trails it had never explored."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Really little more than a series of loosely connected shoot-outs -- but, as Sergio Leone proved, there can be a lot of fun in that."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Guns galore in intro "spaghetti Western" serving."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Very much an act of sardonic disrespect toward the genre, yet it's also a legitimate passion play"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Awesome."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
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