A Fist Full of Dollars (1964)

Probably like most people, all I’d really seen of this film is the iconic pictures of Clint Eastwood and that moment in Back to the Future 2 when Biff is watching the bullet proof vest scene. So I was pretty oblivious in what to expect. I would explain the plot but this film is mostly sold on the fact that it is so iconic. The blurb on the back of my video case for it actually say bugger all about the actual plot.

But I am happy to say that this is one of the best, if not the best western I’ve ever seen. The first real spaghetti western to be released in the USA, totally re-invented the western genre, it’s hard to watch a John Wayne film and find it as enjoyable after seeing this. The only draw back with this film is that, most of the cast speaking has dubbed over with English speaking- helpful so we can understand what there saying but a tad distracting to start with, but you just get used to it.

Another thing I loved about this film was how cool and unpredictable a lot of the things were that happened. I mean, I haven’t seen loads of Westerns but those that I have seen were tediously predictable and just lacked that certain edge that you imagine cowboys to have. It just effortlessly created that cool and edgy feel with the flick of an eye and a note of that awesome Ennino Morricone soundtrack.

I’d like to add as well how good of an actor Clint Eastwood is. He was practically an unknown before making this, mostly being seen on the TV show Rawhide. But what he is most known for is that classic straight faced squint but people need to remember that he is a class actor.

F.O.T.M.

 Full of surprises and effortlessly cool. Deserving the iconic status it has. Just hope the sequels live up to the first.


Best Line in the Film: “Sometimes the dead can be more useful than the living” The man with no name (Clint Eastwood) – probably not the most obvious but I thought the most intriguing for a character to say that we hardly know anything about.

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