Classic spaghetti western starring Clint Eastwood. A mysterious gunfighter arrives in a lawless town on the Mexican border. The town is run by two rival families and, after witnessing the stranger's lethal gunfighting prowess, both are eager to recruit him to their cause. Based on Akira Kurosawa's samurai classic Yojimbo , this was the first "spaghetti" western to find a worldwide audience. Italian director Sergio Leone's daringly brilliant use of extreme close-up, and his unflinching depiction of violence, gave the western a new lease of life. Clint Eastwood whose career to this point had been in American TV, most notably in the western series Rawhide became an international superstar for his portrayal of the Man with No Name, insisting that much of his dialogue was cut to increase the drifter's air of mystery.
A Fistful of Dollars
A Fistful of Dollars () - IMDb
Released in Italy in , then in the United States in , initiating the popularity of the Spaghetti Western film genre. This film is an unofficial remake of the Akira Kurosawa film Yojimbo , which itself drew inspiration from earlier Westerns. As one of the first Spaghetti Westerns to be released in the United States, many of the European cast and crew took on American sounding stage names. The Stranger, spying an opportunity to make money from the situation, decides to play both families against each other.
EASTWOOD REMEMBERS `FISTFUL OF DOLLARS' DIRECTOR
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