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Dollars Trilogy

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Dollars Trilogy
The Man with No Name Trilogy blu-ray cover.jpg
Blu-ray box set cover
Directed bySergio Leone
Produced by
Music byEnnio Morricone
Edited by
Constantin Film
Jolly Film (1)
Ocean Films (1)
Produzioni Europee Associati (PEA) (2–3)
Arturo González Producciones Cinematográficas (2–3)
United Artists (3)
Distributed byUnidis (Italy, 1)
PEA (Italy, 2–3)
United Artists (US & UK, original)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (current)
Release date
1: October 16, 1964
2: November 18, 1965
3: December 23, 1966
Running time
409 minutes (1–3)
West Germany
United States (3)
BudgetTotal (3 films):
Box officeTotal (3 films):
$54.6 million (US gross)
40.7 million admissions (Italy)

Dollars Trilogy (Italian: Trilogia del dollaro), also known as the Man with No Name Trilogy or the Blood Money Trilogy, is an Italian 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 in history.[1]

Although not Leone's intention, the three films 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 films 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.


Clint Eastwood as the Man with No Name in A Fistful of Dollars
Clint Eastwood as the Man with No Name in A Fistful of Dollars

A Fistful of Dollars is an unofficial remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1961 film Yojimbo starring Toshiro Mifune, which resulted in a successful lawsuit by Toho.[2][3]

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is considered a prequel,[4] since it depicts Eastwood's character gradually acquiring the clothing he wears throughout the first 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 films 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.

— Clint Eastwood reflecting on the impact of the films.[5]


Composer Ennio Morricone provided original music score for all three films, although in A Fistful of Dollars he was credited as "Dan Savio."[6][7]

Principal cast

Actor Films
A Fistful of Dollars
For a Few Dollars More
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Clint Eastwood Joe Manco Blondie
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[8] Old Prophet[9]  
Gian Maria Volonté Ramón Rojo[10] El Indio[11]  
Lee Van Cleef   Colonel Douglas Mortimer Angel Eyes
Luigi Pistilli   Groggy Father Pablo Ramirez
Román Ariznavarreta   Half-Shaved Bounty Hunter[12] Bounty Hunter[13]
Antoñito Ruiz   Fernando[14] Stevens' Youngest son[13]
José Terrón   Guy Calloway[15] Thomas 'Shorty' Larson[16]
Marianne Koch Marisol[17]  
Eli Wallach   Tuco Ramirez[18]


Role Film
A Fistful of Dollars
For a Few Dollars More
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Director Sergio Leone
Producer Arrigo Colombo
Giorgio Papi
Alberto Grimaldi
Writer Screenplay Sergio Leone
Víctor Andrés Catena
Jaime Comas Gil
Fernando Di Leo
Duccio Tessari
Tonino Valerii
Sergio Leone
Luciano Vincenzoni
Sergio Donati
Sergio Leone
Luciano Vincenzoni
Age & Scarpelli
Sergio Donati[19]
Story Akira Kurosawa
Ryūzō Kikushima
Sergio Leone
Fulvio Morsella
Enzo Dell'Aquila
Fernando Di Leo[20]
Sergio Leone
Luciano Vincenzoni
English Dialogue Mark Lowell
Clint Eastwood
Luciano Vincenzoni Mickey Knox
Music Composer Ennio Morricone
Director Ennio Morricone Bruno Nicolai
Cinematographer Massimo Dallamano Tonino Delli Colli
Editor Roberto Cinquini Eugenio Alabiso
Giorgio Serrallonga
Eugenio Alabiso
Nino Baragli
Set and costume designer Carlo Simi


Critical reception

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
A Fistful of Dollars 98% (8.19/10 average rating) (48 reviews)[21] 65 (7 reviews)[22]
For a Few Dollars More 91% (7.81/10 average rating) (34 reviews)[23] 74 (8 reviews)[24]
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 97% (8.76/10 average rating) (68 reviews)[25] 90 (7 reviews)[26]

Box office performance

Film Italian release date US release date Italian admissions[27] US gross Budget
A Fistful of Dollars September 12, 1964 (1964-09-12) January 18, 1967 (1967-01-18) 14,797,275 $14.5 million[28] $200,000-$225,000[29]
For a Few Dollars More December 18, 1965 (1965-12-18) May 10, 1967 (1967-05-10) 14,543,161 $15 million[30] $600,000[31]
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly December 23, 1966 (1966-12-23)[32][33] December 29, 1967 (1967-12-29) 11,364,221 $25.1 million[34] $1.2 million[35]
Totals 40,704,657 $54,600,000 $2,000,000–$2,025,000


Film Award Category Recipients Result
A Fistful of Dollars Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists[36] Best Score Ennio Morricone Won
Best Supporting Actor Gian Maria Volonté Nominated
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Laurel Awards[37] Action Performance Clint Eastwood Runner-Up
Grammy Awards[38] 2009 Grammy Hall of Fame Award Ennio Morricone Won

Home media

The 1999 DVD, plus the 2010 and 2014 Blu-ray box set releases by MGM (distributed by Fox, a home video division of Disney/Buena Vista), make specific reference to the set of films as "The Man With No Name Trilogy."[39][40]


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