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For a Few Dollars More (1965) Movie Review

The first movie review of 2022. Paul and Samir discuss the Clint Eastwood movie, For a Few Dollars More.

For a Few Dollars more was the second chronological release in the Sergio Leone Dollars trilogy, however, it is rumoured to be the first story in the series. If you re-watch A Fistful of Dollars, you might notice that the hat Clint Eastwood is wearing is damaged with bullet holes…

How accurate and powerful were guns in the 1800s? Would a bounty hunter really walk away from their share of $20,000? And will Samir be considered for the next bond role?

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The Man with No Name and Col. Douglas Mortimer ride into the town of El Paso as bounty hunters searching for a psychopathic escaped convict called El Indio.

The two bounty hunters agree to join forces, temporarily, to find and bring El Indio, and his band of mercenaries, to justice and collect a hefty reward.

El Indio and his gang plan to break in to the Bank of El Paso, so the two bounty hunters plan to confront them all at high noon.

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For a Few Dollars More (Italian: Per qualche dollaro in più) is a 1965 spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone. It stars Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef as bounty hunters and Gian Maria Volonté as the primary villain. German actor Klaus Kinski plays a supporting role as a secondary villain. The film was an international co-production among Italy, West Germany, and Spain. The film was released in the United States in 1967, and is the second part of what is commonly known as the Dollars Trilogy.

After the box-office success of A Fistful of Dollars in Italy, director Sergio Leone and his new producer, Alberto Grimaldi, wanted to begin production of a sequel. Since Clint Eastwood was not ready to commit to a second film before he had seen the first, the filmmakers rushed an Italian-language print of Per un pugno di dollari to him – as a version in English did not yet exist. When the star arranged for a debut screening at CBS Production Center, though the audience there may not have understood Italian, they found its style and action convincing. Eastwood therefore agreed to the proposal. Charles Bronson was again approached for a starring role, but he thought the sequel’s script was too like the first film. Instead, Lee Van Cleef accepted the role. Eastwood received $50,000 for returning in the sequel, while Van Cleef received $17,000.

Screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni wrote the film in nine days. However, Leone was dissatisfied with some of the script’s dialogue, and hired Sergio Donati to work as an uncredited script doctor.

The film was shot in Tabernas, Almería, Spain, with interiors done at Rome’s Cinecittà Studios. The production designer Carlo Simi built the town of “El Paso” in the Almería desert; it still exists, as the tourist attraction Mini Hollywood. The town of Agua Caliente, where Indio and his gang flee after the bank robbery, was really Los Albaricoques, a small “pueblo blanco” on the Níjar plain.

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