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For a Few Dollars More (1965)

For a Few Dollars More (1965)


Clint Eastwood

Directed by Sergio Leone

For a Few Dollars More is a continuation of Sergio Leone’s character “A Man with No Name” and it is Leone’s second Spaghetti Western film genre. This movie doesn’t follow or is it in any way a continuation of the first movie A Fistful of Dollars (1964). It is an entire new story all together, but just as good and worthy to classified as a classic.

Clint Eastwood returns to play the lead role (the man with no name) alongside Lee Van Cleef as Colonel Douglas Mortimer (who was not in the first movie). This movie is just as dark as A Fistful of Dollars (1964) death is apparent every 20 minutes or so and the story is catchy and keeps you guessing.

Many characters from the first film were casted again in this film, Gian Maria Volontè who played Ramon in the first played El Indio here, and many of his gang members from the first were also part of his gang here.

The setting of the movie is awesome and you are sucked into the character’s entire life as you see them merge for a grand ending. Unlike the A Fistful of Dollars (1964) where the budget was minimal and the effect not worth noting, here the budget was three times that of A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and the effects were much better. The dialogues too had a much improvement, so did the screenplay.

The movie introduces Eastwood’s character and Mortimer as bounty hunters who are one of the best in the field. They go after big games, and their paths cross when they went after the same man, El Indio who was worth $10,000 and his band mates too were worth a reasonable sum. The two decided to work together to get Indio and his gang, by sending Eastwood’s character to infiltrate Indio’s gang and Mortimer working on the outside.

Eastwood’s character was more focused on the finances while Mortimer was more focused on getting Indio, and when things were finally lining up the way they hopped, Indio pulled one over their eyes.

The lead characters themselves in this movie we get to know more into their depths, except Eastwood’s character who remained a mystery which is the whole point of his character. Critically this movie has a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and it was a huge box office success making over $15 million on a $600,000 budget.

If you have not been privileged to have seen the Dollar Trilogy I will advise you do, starting from A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and working you way down to the last The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966).


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