CowboySpirit.TV - The first of the classic Man With No Name Trilogy, A Fistful of Dollars was released in the US in 1967. Directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Benito Stefanelli and Antonio Molino Rojo, all of whom would go on to play roles in the next two films in the trilogy, this film made its mark on American cinema from the day that it was released and remains one of the most watched western movies.
A Fistful of Dollars Little Known Facts
Although frequently called A Fistful of Dollars, the actual on-screen movie title for the film is just Fistful of Dollars.
Clint Eastwood’s character is called Joe by the undertaker in the film and again in the credits, so in this part of the trilogy he might not truly be the Man With No Name.
The film was based on Akiro Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, and shot in 1964. Copyright disagreements delayed release until 1967, and Kurosawa ultimately received 15% of the movie’s worldwide gross.
The film was shot in Andalucia, Spain, scene of many other western movies. In the scene outlining the hills beyond the town, viewers can see the remains of Tabernas Castle, which was used in the 1480s during the siege of Almeria.
When the movie debuted on network television, a prologue was filmed to justify the violence in the movie; an extra and stock footage of Eastwood were used to insert his character into the roughly 4 and a half minute explanation.
Fistful of Dollars is sometimes credited as the first spaghetti western, but this is not the case. It was, though, the first to receive widespread acclaim.
Bruce Willis’ Last Man Standing is based on A Fistful of Dollars.
A Fistful of Dollars Behind the Scenes Trivia
James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Richard Harrison, and Eric Fleming were all initially offered the part of the Man With No Name, and all declined.
Clint Eastwood wore his boots from Rawhide during filming.
All of the footage was filmed without sound; dubbing was done later.
The background in the cemetery scene changes from day to night repeatedly, possibly because tungsten film was used to make it look like night.
The street scenes for A Fistful of Dollars were shot in a town called Colmenar, close to Madrid.
The Gran Hotel Almeria, where the stars and Leone stayed during filming, is still in operation today.
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