For a Few Dollars More
The man with no name is back... The man in black is waiting... a walking arsenal - he uncoils, strikes and kills!
For a Few Dollars More (Italian: Per qualche dollaro in più) is a 1965 Italian spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Gian Maria Volonté. German actor Klaus Kinski also plays a supporting role as a secondary villain. The film was released in the United States in 1967 and is the second part of what is commonly known as the Dollars Trilogy. Eastwood (as the Man with No Name) and Van Cleef (as Colonel Douglas Mortimer and the "Man in Black") portray two bounty hunters in pursuit of "El Indio" (Gian Maria Volonté), one of the most wanted fugitives in the western territories, and his gang.
Where life had no value, death, sometimes, had its price. That is why the bounty killers appeared.
There are many wonderful things in life. Good food, a warm bed, best friends, Emma Stone, etc. This film is one of the many wonderful things in human existence. This film is also many things. A beautiful bromance, a revenge thriller, an unorthodox comedy, a tragic tale of disturbed psychosis. It basically improves on A Fistful of Dollars is every way possible.
With a bigger budget and much bigger narrative scope, Leone and co. have created a film that will last for all eternity. This has stayed remarkably intact after…
There isn't anything I can possibly add that you shouldn't already know. Every aspect of the movie is firing on all cylinders at the highest capacity in the widest frame imaginable. The demythologizing of the West may have been in part a byproduct of Leone's cultural background, but that's not to say he isn't mastering the myths and it's still groundbreaking to watch in 2013. You can feel the plate tectonics of the genre shifting, never to be the same again. Now I need a new #1 for my List of Shame. Yes, this was a first time watch.
The final showdown is one of cinemas greatest moments ever. Damn, was that good. Gave me chills.
This might be Morricone's finest hour. The music is phenomenal and the way it is used is absolutely amazing.
Okay, so I'm spreading them out over two days instead. A man has to eat and drag his kids shopping!
For A Few Dollars More has a slightly disarming beginning when you realise that, once again, Gian Maria Volonte had been cast as the lead villain, but in a completely different role. This, of course, wasn't the only time that Sergio Leone would do this in this trilogy. Lee Van Cleef would turn from the good, in this, to the bad, in the final film of the trilogy.
It's easy to try and analyse this strange casting too deeply but it was more than probable that Leone just wanted these actors back after impressing in a preceding film. Volonte is…
For A Fistful Of Dollars review:
Col. Douglas Mortimer: [discussing strategy to defeat Indio]
When two hunters go after the same prey, they usually end up shooting each other in the back. And we don't want to shoot each other in the back.
Of the few Westerns I've seen, I always found them to be problematic. The pacing was horrendous, the story devoid of emotion, and the environments felt uninspiring, as did the film in its entirety. Westerns could simply not hold my curiosity until its finale, much less my attention. And then For A Fistful of Dollars came along, and proved to me, that even with their flaws, Westerns could still be mighty fine films. Subsequently, I…
It boggles my mind that not only were A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More directed by the same person, but that they were released only a year apart. The camerawork, authority and deliberateness in pacing, and integration of both the score and subtle humor make A Fistful of Dollars feel like a student film, comparatively. I understand that the budget had a lot to do with how AFoD looked, but I cannot believe money is the only factor in how different the two look and feel. I feel like I'm unfairly taking digs at AFoD, but FaFDM is just so much more polished that I can't help myself. To say the least, I loved it.
Having only seen "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" I had high expectations for this film. Though it may not have quite hit the mark that the previous film did, I still really enjoyed it.
Lost a little bit of interest but the last hour or so it picks up and the finale is great.
Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef pick right up in their respective roles alongside a great performance by Gian Maria Volonté as El Indio aka The Indian.
I think the musical score and cinematography aren't as good as I was hoping, but it has its moments.
Overall a great watch.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I always remembered it being a substatial step up from Fistful but I'd forgotten how riotously entertaining this film is on top of its formal charms.
Oh, and I really wish Volonte had made more films, 'charisma' barely covers it.
Hmm, I remembered this being a truly monumental movie. 'For a Few Dollars More' IS great, but I have downgraded my rating from a perfect five to a still-strong four; my original letterboxd review was written based on memory, as I had not seen the movie in a couple of years. Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef are an excellent pair of leads, but the plot itself is somewhat generic, though handled wonderfully by Sergio Leone. However, when compared to the stylistic advances and storytelling inversions and subversions of 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly', 'FaFDM' appears as the stepping stone towards a masterpiece.
Everything here is amplified in its thematic 'sequel': the tenuous partnership is doubled and flimsier…
Loved it! Way better than the first one with lots of scenic long shots, a riveting score and Eastwood in a fine performance as the lonely stranger. One can only imagine how perfect most of the closeups would have looked when seen on an actual huge cinema screen.
The story makes sense, moves along at a sensible pace and the overall atmosphere has been caught very well. Essential movie of the Western genre!
Leone presents Eastwood and Van Cleef as competing bounty hunters in an extreme version of the West, which is full of memorable characters and sequences.
The film begins by introducing both Eastwood and Van Cleef separately until their paths cross. They are both after a drugged up madman who has come across information regarding the location of a hidden safe. A certain mystery behind a watch (or two) is also present throughout the film, only to become clear at the end.
The tone is also constantly humourous and seems to exist in a world where excess is the norm. This is heightened to a further degree with the famous score. Eastwood is literally revealed with the sound of thunder, and…
Clint and Lee Van Cleef make a great duo in this movie. I liked everything about it. The story is the type you want for a western, it's pretty generic but it plays out so it's like you've never seen it. The theme song is probably my favorite in any western I've seen, or heard. I haven't seen Good, Bad and the Ugly yet, and I don't know how it could be better than this film. For a Few Dollars More is far from just entertaining. It's almost a western masterpiece.