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|Directed by||Sergio Leone|
|Music by||Ennio Morricone|
Jolly Film (1)
Ocean Films (1)
Produzioni Europee Associati (PEA) (2–3)
Arturo González Producciones (2–3)
|Distributed by||Unidis (Italy, 1)
PEA (Italy, 2–3)
United Artists (US & UK, original)
MGM/UA/20th Century Fox (US & UK, current)
|1: October 16, 1964
2: November 18, 1965
3: December 15, 1966
|409 minutes (1–3)|
|Budget||Total (3 films):
|Box office||Total (3 films):
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.
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.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is considered a prequel, 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.
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."
|A Fistful of Dollars
|For a Few Dollars More
|The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
|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|
|A Fistful of Dollars
|For a Few Dollars More
|The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
|Producer||Arrigo Colombo||Alberto Grimaldi|
|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)|
|Cinematographer||Massimo Dallamano||Tonino Delli Colli|
|Federico G. Larraya|
|Editor||Roberto Cinquini||Eugenio Alabiso|
|Alfonso Santacana||Giorgio Serrallonga||Nino Baragli|
|A Fistful of Dollars||98% (43 reviews)||N/A|
|For a Few Dollars More||94% (34 reviews)||N/A|
|The Good, the Bad and the Ugly||97% (67 reviews)||90 (7 reviews)|
Box office performance
|A Fistful of Dollars||October 16, 1964||$14,500,000||$200,000-$225,000|
|For a Few Dollars More||November 18, 1965||$15,000,000||$600,000|
|The Good, the Bad and the Ugly||December 15, 1966||$25,100,000||$1.2 million|
|Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Outcome||Ref.|
|A Fistful of Dollars|
|Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists||Best Score||Ennio Morricone||Won|||
|Best Supporting Actor||Gian Maria Volonté||Nominated|
|The Good, the Bad and the Ugly|
|Laurel Awards||Action Performance||Clint Eastwood||Runner-Up|||
|Grammy Awards||2009 Grammy Hall of Fame Award||Ennio Morricone||Won|||
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- 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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