History Film / AFistfulOfDollars

23rd Feb '17 7:29:58 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AntiHero: Joe

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* AntiHero: JoeJoe is ruthless and unabashedly seeks money, but he has a soft spot for Silvanito and the family he encounters.



* DamselInDistress: Marisol has to be rescued by Joe and re-united with her husband Julio and son Jesus.



* FauxAffablyEvil: Ramon.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Ramon.Ramon acts friendly, but is rotten to the core..



* RailingKill: Ramon kills a Baxter this way.

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* RailingKill: RailingKill:
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Ramon kills a Baxter this way.



* ShoutOut: In a musical sense. Quite a few of the musical cues (that don't use mariachi trumpets) sound straight out of a samurai movie--seemingly a nod to the film's inspiration.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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In a musical sense. Quite a few of the musical cues (that don't use mariachi trumpets) sound straight out of a samurai movie--seemingly a nod to the film's inspiration.
5th Feb '17 5:52:03 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* {{Mondegreen}}: You think the backup singers are chanting "We can win"? Sounds fitting, but they're singing "With the wind!", because Music/EnnioMorricone sampled his instrumentation of Music/WoodyGuthrie's "Pastures of Plenty" for the soundtrack.
5th Feb '17 5:49:24 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* RecycledSoundtrack: Music/EnnioMorricone sampled the music from his cover of Woody Guthrie's song, "Pastures of Plenty", performed by Peter Tevis, for the soundtrack.
5th Feb '17 5:46:25 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* {{Bandito}}: The Rojos.
* BangBangBANG: when "Joe" is recovering from his beating, he does some pistol practice. In a modestly sized room, and every other shot seems to be a PEEYOW! ricochet.

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* {{Bandito}}: The Rojos.
Rojos are banditos-turned-bootleggers, who sell alcohol on both sides of the border, and have an ugly rivalry with the Baxters, a family of white-collar American gunrunners. While two of the brothers are absolutely stereotypical, Ramon (also Gian Maria Valonte) subverts it somewhat by being totally evil, but very bright.
* BangBangBANG: when When "Joe" is recovering from his beating, he does some pistol practice. In a modestly sized room, and every other shot seems to be a PEEYOW! ricochet.



* BoxedCrook: A very unusual example of ExecutiveMeddling. Joe has no clear no motive to go to the town and get involved in the feud. This made TV network executives nervous, so when the film aired on TV, a prologue was filmed: the MWNN is released from prison to restore order to the town. This scene was shot without the permission of Sergio Leone, and without Eastwood's participation. Creator/HarryDeanStanton plays the Prison Governor.



* ChromosoneCasting: The film has two women in supporting roles - except neither got much screentime. One was running the gang whom the story puts less focus on, and the other is just a DamselInDistress whose only purpose is to give Joe a PetTheDog moment towards the end.



* ContractOnTheHitman: Joe leaves the Rojos because he overhears them plotting to kill him when the job is finished, to avoid paying him.



* DivideAndConquer: Joe's basic strategy.



* DragonInChief: Ramon is this to his elder brother Miguel. Miguel is the Don of the family, but Ramon is a much more dangerous fighter, and is the true power of the family.



* FilmingForEasyDubbing: The opening for American television made the whole thing more suitable for little children without having Clint Eastwood at their disposal. It looks kind of ridiculous.



* GangOfHats: The Mexican, partying Rojos and the European, dignified Baxters.



* GigglingVillain: Esteban

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* GigglingVillain: EstebanEsteban whenever someone is being tortured.



* GuiltByAssociationGag: An example that isn't PlayedForLaughs. "I saw the whole thing; you killed all four of them." Uh, Sheriff Baxter, wasn't the grand total number of Baxters mocking Joe's mule three? Lampshaded by Joe himself as he leaves the area:
-->''My mistake. Four coffins.''



* HurtingHero: Joe is brutally beaten by the Rojos.



* IronicEcho: While the nameless Stranger is comparing weapons with Ramon, Ramon praises his rifle, to which the Stranger replies that he'd prefer his .45. Ramon replies, "When a man with a .45 meets a man with a rifle, the man with a pistol will be a dead man. That's an old Mexican Proverb...and it's true." Later on during the final showdown, the Stranger repeats those words to Ramon, and says "Let's see if that's true." Of course, the words don't hold up, and Ramon is killed.



* KickMePrank: At the start of the movie when Joe rides into town he passes a man riding out with a "Adios amigos" sign on his back.



* {{Leitmotif}}: Joe is accompanied by a swift descending scale on a recorder whenever he does something impressive/we see his face/he happens to blink.



* MrSmith: The protagonist is actually called 'Joe' in the script, but as his name wasn't spoken on screen Clint Eastwood instead became The Man With No Name.



* OneBulletLeft

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* OneBulletLeftOneBulletLeft: Joe has one bullet left in his six-shooter, while Ramon has one bullet in a rifle. Joe might have been lucky, but considering how badass he is, he was probably just that good. The point was that both of them have one bullet, but they have to load their weapons of choice first. And Clint's six shooter is faster to load than Ramon's rifle.


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* PocketProtector: The Man with No Name hides a metal plate under his poncho before the final showdown. In that fight, he deliberately goads Ramon to aim at his chest, which is the only part of his body that is armored.


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* PrisonerExchange: Marisol is exchanged for one of the Baxters.


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* {{Sadist}}: Ramon and Esteban Rojo.
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ed/A_Fistful_of_Dollars_poster.jpg Clint Eastwood's going to shoot the guy above you. Or maybe he's just preparing to shoot you.]]


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* ThrowABarrelAtIt: Joe takes out Chico and another Rojo by rolling a large barrel at them.


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* {{Undertaker}}: The only character who earns an honest living is the the undertaker. And he's pretty cheery too, until Clint's character wipes out the remaining gang members. (Upset about running out of business?)
-->'''Joe:''' Get three coffins ready.\\
(''later, after gunning down four men'')\\
'''Joe:''' My mistake. Four coffins...
* UnorthodoxReload: Ramón Rojo casually does the half-cycle spin at the beginning of the final showdown.
3rd Dec '16 6:53:17 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* BridalCarry: Joe does this to Marisol after he accidentally knocks her out.
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* {{Determinator}}: After finding out Joe was responsible for getting Marisol and her family out of the town, Ramon has Joe beaten to a bloody pulp. Yet he was still able to not only make it out of the room he was locked into alive, but also able to take a few more henchmen down and set the Rojo home on fire.

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* {{Determinator}}: After finding out Joe was responsible for getting Marisol and her family out of the town, Ramon has Joe beaten to a bloody pulp. Yet he was still able to not only make it out of the room he was locked into alive, but also able to take a few more henchmen down and set the Rojo Baxter home on fire.
13th Nov '16 10:28:49 PM foxley
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* TortureIsIneffective: Despite Ramon's brutal attempts to extract information from both Joe and Silvanito, he ends up with exactly zero in the way of useful information.
13th Nov '16 5:32:14 AM foxley
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* CigarFuseLighting: Ramone uses a cigar to light the fuse on the dynamite that blows up the wall around the Baxter house.

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* CigarFuseLighting: Ramone Ramon uses a cigar to light the fuse on the dynamite that blows up the wall around the Baxter house.



* MuggedForDisguise: A US Cavalry company are murdered and their uniforms stolen to allow Ramone and his men to stage an ambush on the Mexican troops.

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* MuggedForDisguise: A US Cavalry company are murdered and their uniforms stolen to allow Ramone Ramon and his men to stage an ambush on the Mexican troops.


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* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: After the shoot-out in the little house, Joe is wrecking the place with a machete. Marisol sees a not-quite-dead bad guy reaching for a gun and shouts a warning. Joe spins around and hurls the machete at him, neatly impaling him.
13th Nov '16 5:25:04 AM foxley
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* MuggedForDisguise: A US Cavalry company are murdered and their uniforms stolen to allow Ramone and his men to stage an ambush on the Mexican troops.
13th Nov '16 5:20:53 AM foxley
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* DressingAsTheEnemy: The Rojos gang disguise themselves as US soldiers to stage an ambush on the Mexican troops.
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