Genre Grandeur – A Fistful of Dollars (1964) – Ten Stars or Less

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Loners in Film here’s a review of A Fistful of Dollars (1964) by Ryan of Ten Stars or Less

Thanks again to Paul of the People’s Movies for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Rebecca of Almost Ginger and we will be reviewing our favorite Travel Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Apr by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Rebecca!

Let’s see what Ryan thought of this movie:


If you’ve been by the blog and know me in real life, it is safe to say that I’d probably rather have a root canal than watch a western movie. Yes, I understand this is a bold statement, and ultimately that mindset ruins the opportunity to view some iconic movies, like The Man with No Name trilogy. This brings me to this review today. I recently noticed that one of my many movie channels had a mini-marathon and played For a Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. This was a great time for me to record and eventually watch these classic westerns. There is no denying Clint Eastwood’s place in film history. When someone looks up legends of the silver screen, Eastwood’s name would be one of the top names you stumble across. There is no way to know how his career would have taken off had he not accepted the role of The Man with No Name in For a Fistful of Dollars. I can see why this character is so beloved. He’s a man with a quick pistol and a slow thought process. When he finds himself in a town embroiled in a deep conflict between two warring families, he decides to take matters into his own hands. After killing a handful of “bad” guys, he witnesses an exchange gone wrong and vows to do the right thing before he departs the small western town. The unknown gunslinger hatches a plan that involves a few dead people from the exchange. His plan, which is rather unorthodox for the small-minded townsfolk, works brilliantly as the two feuding families lose a couple of members, driving the wedge deeper between the two. Things take a turn for the worse for The Man with No Name, as he is beaten to an inch of his life. He’s forced out of town as one family decides to completely wipe out the other and take full control of the town. Our hero witnesses the bloodshed and goes away to recover and seek revenge. As I said, his methods are unusual. He’s been everywhere and has training unmatched in this small part of the world. Ultimately these thugs should have killed him because a man with his skills should never be given a second chance. I admired his dedication to his craft. People may consider his ability to pull the trigger as his greatest asset; however, I believe it is his smarts. His ability to evaluate the situation and make quick judgments is what makes him the best. I am curious about what happens in the next two films as the legendary gunslinger makes his way across the great western plains. 7/10

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