Run time: 96 mins
The fierce and fearless first instalment in Sergio Leone’s iconic Dollars Trilogy.
A grim Mexican border town, torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge. No law, no commerce, just two evenly matched gangs in an uneasy truce. In this town folks get rich or they get dead. Into its dusty streets rides the Man with No Name. As the two clans struggle for dominance, their new neighbour quietly plots to play them both and take off with a fistful of gold.
Where squinted eyes and curled snarls do all the talking, Eastwood becomes something of an embodiment of the unforgiving environment and the culture of death and chaos within it, just as Ennio Morricone’s score swirls on the soundtrack like a preview of the carnage to come, crafting a score that would typify the Spaghetti Western, and define what the West is "supposed to" sound like.
A Fistful Of Dollars may not have been the first Italian Western but it was the one that broke the all-American hero mould, revitalised the genre and ushered in a new type of cowboy. (research Chris Coetsee) Not to mention Clint, his cheroot and squint, heralding a new fearless resourceful strong silent cool dude. 50 years on and never melted…!