A Fistful of Dollars

A Fistful of Dollars

  • R
  • 1964
  • 99 min
  • Italy, West Germany
  • action, drama, western

A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

Director: Sergio Leone

Screenwriters: Vi­ctor Andrés Catena, Jaime Comas Gil, Sergio Leone

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch

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.


  • Sergio Leone
    Sergio Leone

    Sergio Leone (January 3, 1929 - April 30, 1989) was an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter most associated with the "Spaghetti Western" genre. Leone's film-making style includes juxtaposing extreme close-up shots with lengthy long shots. His movies include The Colossus of Rhodes, the Dollars Trilogy (

Main Cast


Producer: Arrigo Colombo, Giorgio Papi

Editor: Roberto Cinquini, Alfonso Santacana

Director Of Photography: Federico G. Larraya, Massimo Dallamano

Original Music Composer: Ennio Morricone

Costume Design: Maria Casado

Production Design: Carlo Simi, Sigfrido Burman

Sound: Elio Pacella

Make Up / Hair: Dolores Clavel, Sam Watkins


Original Title: Per un pugno di dollari

Tagline: In his own way he is perhaps, the most dangerous man who ever lived!

Genres: action, drama, western

Certificate: R

Categories: spaghetti western, dollars trilogy, man with no name, gun for hire, gun duel, showdown, one against many, rifleman, cigar smoking, hero for hire, mexican bandit, gunslinger, arizona territory, new mexico territory, outlaw gang, poncho, gold, sonora mexico, revisionist western, bandolero, machismo, loner, tough guy, wild west, antihero, villain, riding a mule, u.s. mexico border, bellringer


Year: 1964

Runtime: 99 min

Country: Italy, West Germany, Spain

Language: Italian, Spanish

Color: Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Sound Mix: Mono

Also Known As

  • Für eine Handvoll Dollar (AT)
  • Por Um Punhado de Dólares (BR)
  • Pour une poignée de dollars (FR)
  • En nævefuld dollars (DK)


  • 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.

  • James Plath (Movie Metropolis)

    Westerns were never the same after Sergio Leone.

  • Bosley Crowther (New York Times)

    Egregiously synthetic but engrossingly morbid, violent film.

  • Chuck Bowen (Slant Magazine)

    The climatic bloodbath of A Fistful of Dollars still stings because the film's swaggering braggadocio deliberately fails to prepare us for it. Full Review ...

  • Peter Bradshaw (Guardian)

    A Fistful of Dollars has a cult, comic-book intensity. It is the punk rock of westerns. Full Review ...