Dollars Trilogy

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Dollars Trilogy
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Directed by Sergio Leone
Produced by
Written by
Starring
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography
Edited by
Production
company
Constantin Film
Jolly Film (1)
Ocean Films (1)
Produzioni Europee Associati (PEA) (23)
Arturo González Producciones (23)
Distributed by Unidis (Italy, 1)
PEA (Italy, 23)
United Artists (US & UK, original)
MGM/UA/20th Century Fox (US & UK, current)
Release dates 1: October 16, 1964
2: November 18, 1965
3: December 15, 1966
Running time 409 minutes (13)
Country Italy
West Germany
Spain
Language English
Italian
Budget Total (3 films):
$2,000,000–$2,025,000
Box office Total (3 films):
$280,500,000

The Dollars Trilogy (Italian: Trilogia del dollaro), also known as the Man with No Name Trilogy, is a film series consisting of three Spaghetti Western films directed by Sergio Leone. The films are titled A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). They were distributed by United Artists.

The series has become known for establishing the Spaghetti Western genre, and inspiring the creation of many more spaghetti western films. The three films are consistently listed among the best rated Western films of all time.[1]

Although it was not Leone's intention, the three movies came to be considered a trilogy following the exploits of the same so-called "Man with No Name" (portrayed by Clint Eastwood, wearing the same clothes and acting with the same mannerisms). The "Man with No Name" concept was invented by the American distributor United Artists, looking for a strong angle to sell the movies as a trilogy. Eastwood's character does indeed have a name - albeit a nickname - and a different one in each film: "Joe," "Manco," and "Blondie," respectively.

Development[edit]

A Fistful of Dollars is an unofficial remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1961 film Yojimbo starring Toshiro Mifune, which resulted in a successful lawsuit by Toho.[2][3]

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is considered a prequel,[4] since it depicts Eastwood's character gradually acquiring the clothing he wears in the other two films and because it takes place during the American Civil War (1861–1865), whereas the other two films feature comparatively more modern firearms and other props. For example, Lee Van Cleef's character in For a Few Dollars More appears to be a Confederate veteran who has come down in the world, and a graveyard scene in A Fistful of Dollars features a gravestone dated 1873.

Cast[edit]

The only actors to appear in all three movies besides Eastwood are Mario Brega, Aldo Sambrell, Benito Stefanelli and Lorenzo Robledo. Four other actors each appear twice in the trilogy, playing different characters: Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonté, Luigi Pistilli, and Joseph Egger.

"I think [the Leone films] changed the style, the approach to Westerns [in Hollywood]. ... They made the violence and the shooting aspect a little more larger than life, and they had great music and new types of scores. ... They were stories that hadn't been used in other Westerns. They just had a look and a style that was a little different at the time: I don't think any of them was a classic story—like [John Wayne's 1956] The Searchers or something like that—they were more fragmented, episodic, following the central character through various little episodes."

Clint Eastwood reflecting on the impact of the films.[5]

Music[edit]

Composer Ennio Morricone provided original music score for all three films, although in A Fistful of Dollars he was credited as "Dan Savio."[6][7]

Principal cast[edit]

Actor Character
A Fistful of Dollars
(1964)
For a Few Dollars More
(1965)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
(1966)
Clint Eastwood Joe "Manco" "Blondie"
Mario Brega Chico Niño Corporal Wallace
Aldo Sambrell Manolo Cuchillo Angel Eyes Gang Member
Benito Stefanelli Rubio Hughie (a.k.a. "Luke")
Lorenzo Robledo Baxter's member Tomaso Clem
Joseph Egger Piripero Old Prophet  
Gian Maria Volonté Ramón Rojo El Indio  
Lee Van Cleef   Colonel Douglas Mortimer Angel Eyes
Luigi Pistilli   Groggy Father Pablo Ramirez
Eli Wallach   Tuco

Crew[edit]

Role Film
A Fistful of Dollars
(1964)
For a Few Dollars More
(1965)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
(1966)
Director Sergio Leone
Producer Arrigo Colombo Alberto Grimaldi
Giorgia Papi  
Writer Sergio Leone (screenplay and story)
Víctor Andrés Catena (screenplay and story) Luciano Vincenzoni (screenplay and story)[note 1]
Jamie Comas Gil (screenplay) Fulvio Morsella (story) Age & Scarpelli (screenplay)
A. Bonzzoni (story)  
Music Ennio Morricone
Cinematographer Massimo Dallamano Tonino Delli Colli
Federico G. Larraya  
Editor Roberto Cinquini Eugenio Alabiso
Alfonso Santacana Giorgio Serrallonga Nino Baragli

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
A Fistful of Dollars 98% (43 reviews)[8] N/A
For a Few Dollars More 94% (34 reviews)[9] N/A
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 97% (67 reviews)[10] 90 (7 reviews)[11]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Revenue Budget
A Fistful of Dollars October 16, 1964 (1964-10-16) $14,500,000[12] $200,000-$225,000[13]
For a Few Dollars More November 18, 1965 (1965-11-18) $15,000,000[14] $600,000[15]
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly December 15, 1966 (1966-12-15) $25,100,000[16] $1.2 million[17]
Total $54,600,000 $2,000,000–$2,025,000

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Recipients and nominees Outcome Ref.
A Fistful of Dollars
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Best Score Ennio Morricone Won [18]
Best Supporting Actor Gian Maria Volonté Nominated
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Laurel Awards Action Performance Clint Eastwood Runner-Up [19]
Grammy Awards 2009 Grammy Hall of Fame Award Ennio Morricone Won [20]

Home media[edit]

Both the 1999 DVD and the 2010 Blu-ray box set releases, both by MGM, make specific reference to the set of films as "The Man With No Name Trilogy."[21][22]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Luciano Vincenzoni co-wrote the screenplay of For a Few Dollars More, whereas he co-wrote both the screenplay and the story of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 100 Western Movies". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Gelten, Simon. "FISTFUL - The Whole Story, part 2". The Spaghetti Western Database. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Alfreds, David (24 April 2009). "Cinema this week: The greatest director of all time". When Falls the Coliseum. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Cal. "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly". Clint Eastwood.Net. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Eliot (2009), p.114-115
  6. ^ "Man With No Name Movies - Fun Facts, Questions, Answers, Information". FunTrivia. 7 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Anderson, Cal. "A Fistful of Dollars (1964)". Clint Eastwood.Net. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "For a Few Dollars More (Per Qualche Dollaro in Più)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo.)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (re-release) Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "A Fistful of Dollars (1967)". Box Office Mojo. Amazon. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  13. ^ Sources that refer to the budget of A Fistful of Dollars include:
  14. ^ "For a Few Dollars More (1967)". Box Office Mojo. Amazon. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Per qualche dollar in più - Box Office Data, DVD Sales, Movie News, Cast Information". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1967)". Box Office Mojo. Amazon. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Il buono, il burtto, il cattivo - Box Office Data, DVD Sales, Movie News, Cast Information". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Per un pugno di dollari - Awards". Internet Movie Database. Amazon. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Il buono, il burtto, il cattivo. - Awards". Internet Movie Database. Amazon.com. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "The Police, Queen, Morricone Honoured At Grammy Hall Of Fame". Uncut. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  21. ^ The Man with No Name Trilogy (DVD) (20 March 2008): "A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" (1967)
  22. ^ The Man with No Name Trilogy (Blu-ray) (1 June 2010): "A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" (1967)

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