Thursday, 15 March 2007

A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS 1964


A Fistful of Dollars (Per un pugno di dollari in Italy and officially on-screen in the U.S. and UK as simply Fistful of Dollars) is a 1964 film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood. Released in the United States in 1967, it initiated the popularity of the Spaghetti western film genre. It was followed by For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, also starring Eastwood. Collectively, the films are commonly known as "The Dollar(s) Trilogy". This movie was inspired by the Akira Kurosawa film Yojimbo. In the United States, the United Artists publicity campaign referred to Eastwood's character in all three films as The Man With No Name.
As this was the first film of the Spaghetti Western genre to be released in the United States, many of the European cast and crew took on American stage names. This included Sergio Leone himself, who was credited as "Bob Robertson".

Below: How A Fistful of Dollars may have started when seen in UK cinemas, with its original X certificate

Below: Original Trailer for A Fistful of Dollars
             
Above: Here is a digitally restored version of the original U.S. 1967 banner for A Fistful of Dollars

Above: Here is a stunning and very Rare U.S. Theatrical banner from 1969 size 24 x 82 and very hard to find
A Fistful of Dollars / For a few Dollars More 1969
(Here is the original cinema trailer for the release of the Double Bill)

Below: The UK Quad poster 
Below: A Fistful of Dollars / For a few Dollars More 1967 Clint Eastwood original Double Bill UK QUAD poster. A very hard poster to find.

Below: A Fistful of Dollars / For a few Dollars More 1967 U.S. Half sheet poster

A Fistful of Dollars / For a few Dollars More 7” Italian Picture Sleeve vinyl (Front and Back)
A Fistful of Dollars 1964 7” Italian Picture Sleeve vinyl
A Fistful of Dollars 1964 7” Japanese Picture Sleeve vinyl
Below: Another of my 7" EP Singles from Thailand Star Records CH 701
A Fistful of Dollars 1964 2” x 2” original Colour transparency of German poster artwork

A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Clint Eastwood Original Belgium film poster

A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Clint Eastwood Rare Original Yugoslavian Poster

A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Clint Eastwood Sergio Leone Original Spanish 1 sheet poster

A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Colour Mounted Slide x 1
A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Design A Clint Eastwood Original German film poster

A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Design B Clint Eastwood Original German film poster

A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Design C Clint Eastwood Original German film poster

A Fistful of Dollars 1964 DVD Widescreen 2 Disc Special Edition lots of extras


A Fistful of Dollars 1964 German fold out style Press release well illustrated inside

A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Original Constantin advertising block range

A Fistful of Dollars 1964 German press sheets Re release with diff ad block range


A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Original 1967 Soundtrack Album (Stereo) on RCA Victor SF 7875


Below: A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Original rare UK cinema giveaway card (There is also an advertising block design on the reverse)

A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Original German film Program

A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Original German Program 12 pages with some nice rare shots x 2

Below: Clint promotional tour in Europe 1967



Below: A Fistful of Dollars 1967 European promotional tour. Original 35mm colour slides taken from the above photo shoot (wearing Yellow top) and an additional photo shoot (wearing Grey top, same location) stunning quality, taken in hotel room etc x 15 different slides, many of which, probably remain unpublished. Slides are very hard to photograph, but I have posted a few here which represent a general idea of what they include.






A Fistful of Dollars 1964 10 x 8 Press stills x 19 b/w + 1 colour













A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Original Radio Spots 60, 60, 30, 20, 20, 10 sec versions
A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Original Theatrical Trailer on 8mm film format
(View the original trailer above)
A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Original Tie in Paperback Novel (Star Publishers)

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A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Spanish Press sheet with full colour poster art
A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Swedish Original film Program

A Fistful of Dollars 1964 UK press book colour art, good stories and Wrangler Ad
A very rare UK advertising poster for Wrangler Jeans

A Fistful of Dollars 1964 UK Press sheet with the 3 different Teaser designs



A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Spanish Lobby set of 12 colour stills













A Fistful of Dollars 1964 German Lobby set of 22 colour stills, the first 6 stills are from the film's first release. The next 16 are from the film's 1970's re-release





















A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Original Lobby set of 6 French colour stills






A Fistful of Dollars 1964 UK FOH Lobby stills set of 8 colour stills (Plus 3 doubles)








A Fistful of Dollars 1964-re release Clint Eastwood Sergio Leone Massive French film poster

A Fistful of Dollars DVD Widescreen Good transfer of the classic Eastwood western, note that the cover design is actually based on a still from the film Hang em High!


A Fistful of Dollars Italian CD Soundtrack Special Extended version with all of Morricone’s music

A Fistful of Dollars LD Widescreen MGM's first Widescreen pressing of the film with trailer


A Fistful of Dollars Original CBS/FOX U.S. Laserdisc Panned and Scanned

And the Fistful of Dollars Original CBS/FOX U.S. Video sleeve Front and Back

A Fistful of Dollars First Original U.K. Warner Home Video VHS / Betamax release (Big Case)

A Fistful of Dollars Soundtrack (rare vocal Version) Ennio Morricone

Below: An example of some of the great pictures and cuttings from around the world

An original UK trade Ad from June 1967


With the release of A fistful of Dollars came an incredible amount of Advertising material from around the world. Starting with the U.S. here is a selection from United Artist's promotional campaign.

A Fistful of Dollars Original Lobby card set of 8 Colour size 14 x 11

A Fistful of Dollars Very Rare Original Advance 1 sheet design A 27 x 40
A Fistful of Dollars Original U.S. Window card

A Fistful of Dollars Very Rare Orig Adv 1 sheet design B 27 x 40

A Fistful of Dollars Original Regular 1 sheet poster 27 x 40

A Fistful of Dollars Original and very rare 3 sheet poster 41 x 81

A Fistful of Dollars Original Insert card stock 14 x 36

A Fistful of Dollars Original Half Sheet poster card stock 28 x 22

Below: A Fistful of Dollars Original U.S. Pressbook
Below: A Fistful of Dollars 2 Original press stills from the 1967 U.S. release


From Italy, a couple of Original Locandina Posters, size 14 x 28
Some Original Italian poster designs and Re Release designs


A Fistful of Dollars Italian Re-release dating from 1976

A Fistful of Dollars close up lobby card example from the same Italian Re-release, dating from 1976

Below: A Rare Italian newspaper ad for the 1976 re-issue
Below: A Rare United Artists Trade Ad for A Fistful of Dollars
Below: A rare shot of Clint, taken in between film of A Fistful of Dollars
Below: A rare close up profile shot of Clint while on the set of A Fistful of Dollars
Below: This is a rare piece from Clint which appeared in The Detroit News TV Magazine Pictorial on 7th June 1964 - Clint had just returned from filming A Fistful of Dollars to start on the next season of Rawhide. It is an interesting article as Clint still refers to the film as The Magnificent Stranger, the film's working title.


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