A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari)
A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari) (1964)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 12, 1964
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo as his template, Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars helped define a new era for the Western and usher in its most iconic star, Clint Eastwood.

TIME Magazine

Once in a great while a western comes along that breaks new ground and becomes a classic of the genre.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

... this was a new kind of western: cynical, violent, stylish, and austere, playing out in a landscape of endless deserts and clapboard towns infested with gunmen.

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Variety Staff

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

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Egregiously synthetic but engrossingly morbid, violent film.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Westerns were never the same after Sergio Leone.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

James Berardinelli

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.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The moment where Sergio Leone, anonymous costume drama hack turned into Sergio Leone, keen stylist and poet of cruelty.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Not quite up to its reputation, if only because Eastwood & Leone went on to make better. All the elements are here though - cool as fuck Clint w/ his… More
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Carlos Magalhães
Leone's classic that laid the ground for a new era for Westerns, and even though it is not as fantastic and visually stunning as what he would make after,… More
xGary Xx
The introduction of the iconic man with no name saw Clint Eastwood catapulted to international stardom in this remake of Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece… More
Melvin White
The Man With No Name: When a man's got money in his pocket he begins to appreciate peace. A FIstful of Dollars is Sergio Leone's first in his… More
Graham Jones
Leone created one of the most iconic films in history with his retelling of Yojimbo. Clint Eastwood shines and Morricone's scores is like a cinematic kick… More