A Fistful of Dollars DVD
Theatrical Release: January 18, 1967 (USA)
Because A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS was filmed in Spain with a largely Italian crew, star Clint Eastwood often had difficulties communicating with others on the set. Luckily, an Italian stuntman spoke some English and was able to serve as a translator.
YOJIMBO, the Akira Kurosawa film that A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS is based on, has been cited by Eastwood as one of his favorite films. Decades later, it was remade again as LAST MAN STANDING, starring Bruce Willis.
The film's release was delayed for years because Kurosawa sued director Sergio Leone for breach of copyright. Kurosawa eventually won the case.
This film was one of the first productions that Ennio Morricone scored. He would go on to compose music for more than 450 movies.
The same poncho Clint Eastwood wears in this film was used in the two sequels without being washed or replaced.
Eastwood hated the cigarillos his character smoked, which added to the gunslinger's gruff persona.
Charles Bronsan, James Coburn, and Henry Fonda were all considered for the title role.
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