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Eastwood himself describes the Man With No Name as "the kind of anti-hero who does what everybody would secretly like to do... a kind of Bogart in the saddle - who is not afraid to be himself, good or bad."
from Alan Frank's Clint Eastwood (out of print)
A Watershed Role for Clint Eastwood,
A Ground Breaking Film for Sergio Leone...
"A Fistful of Dollars" 1964
Sergio Leone's western remake of Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo was not released to American audiences until 1967, after it had become a box office hit in Europe. The setting is changed to a dusty desert town where the Man With No Name arrives on a mule and quickly sums up the situation with "There's money to be made in a place like this". And he proceeds to do just that by working for both the towns rival gangs - the Rojos and the Baxters. Eastwood plays one faction off against another. More...
The Man With No Name Returns...
"For A Few Dollars More" 1965
This time Eastwood plays a bounty hunter along with Lee Van Cleef (Colonel Mortimer). They join forces to collect the huge reward for a recently escaped and crazed bandit, Indio, played by Gian Maria Volonte, Eastwood's co-star from the first film (Rojo). With such a huge reward at stake, it becomes clear that the two hunters must watch each other as closely as they watch Indio.
The Epic Western to End All Westerns...
"The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly" 1966
A one million dollar plus budget, 3 American actors and an unforgettable movie
score by Ennio Morricone combine to make this one of Sergio Leone's best and one of the all time greatest westerns.
Click here to find the DVD release of the Leone trilogy starring Clint Eastwood!
Again, the theme is about the quest for easy money. The stories of the three are intricately interwoven with a backdrop of the Civil War and culminate in one final three way shootout. Lee Van Cleef returns to play "Angel Eyes", a ruthless hired gun who ends up killing his employer to get the gold himself. He tracks Eastwood, again playing the relatively good guy with no name, and the comic two bit criminal Tuco, played marvelously by Eli Wallach, when he learns that each of them knows something about the gold's location. More...
Christopher Frayling's now classic "Spaghetti Westerns, Cowboys and Europeans From Karl May to Sergio Leone"
Christopher Frayling's new book on his favorite director,
"Something to Do With Death"
An anthology of Ennio Morricone's music for the spahgetti westerns.
John Nudge's Feature on Spaghetti Westerns in the online Images Journal.