Classic Film Tuesday: A Fistful of Dollars

1964 – Action, Adventure

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A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS

“Once in a great while a western comes along that breaks new ground and becomes a classic of the genre.” – TIME Magazine

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 both. The picture was the first installment in a cycle commonly known as the “Dollars” trilogy.

Genre: Action & Adventure    Rating: R     Runtime: 101 min      Language: English

Sponsored by: The Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Foundation