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->''"When a man with a .45 meets a man with a rifle, the man with a pistol will be a dead man."''
-->-- '''Ramón Rojo'''

'''''A Fistful of Dollars''''' is [[TheRemake the 1964 (originally unauthorized) remake]] of the Japanese film ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}''. It's the first in what's known as The Film/DollarsTrilogy by Western fans, and was followed by ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' and ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''.

The Man With No Name (played by Creator/ClintEastwood and called "Joe" by the coffin maker) wanders into a small poverty-stricken town on the Mexican border dominated by two feuding crime gangs, the [[{{Bandito}} Rojos]] and the Baxters, and he decides to play the clans against each other, ostensibly so that he can profit from their conflict. The opportunity arises in the form of a Mexican shipment of gold passing through the town. However, his sympathies for Marisol, a hostage of the Rojos gang, leads to a change in plans with near-fatal consequences for the Man With No Name.

The gunfight at the end is the most famous part of the film. ''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Back to the Future: Part III]]'' directly homages it, among other {{Shout Out}}s to this movie.
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!!This SpaghettiWestern provides examples of the following tropes:

* AffablyEvil: The Baxters. Unlike the Rojo Brothers, they are much more affable and less brutal in nature.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: Which, by the way, calls the film "Fistful of Dollars" - no "A".
* AntiHero: Joe
* ArcWords: "When you shoot to kill, aim for the heart." Ramon takes his mantra [[spoiler:[[SuicidalOverconfidence a little too seriously.]]]]
* AwesomeButImpractical: Essentially what defines Ramon's over-reliance to heartbound kill shots with his rifle. [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim Sure, he could just end Joe then and there]], but [[RuleOfCool if it's not as stylish as a shot to the heart, why bother?]].
* AxCrazy: Ramon. He is [[{{Yandere}} extremely obsessed with a woman]], is widely paranoid, and tortures and kills in cold blood. He is a dangerous psychopath and many a massacre brings an insane SlasherSmile to his face.
* {{Badass}}: [[{{Tagline}} In his own way, The Man With No Name is perhaps the most dangerous man who ever lived.]]
** He's a psycho, but Ramon, as played by Gian Maria Valonte, is pretty badass as well.
* BadassBeard: Joe. Notable in Joe's case as traditional Western heroes up to this point tended to be cleanshaven.
* BadassCape: Joe's poncho, which is an iconic part of his character.
* BadassGrandpa: Silvanito.
* BadassMustache: Ramon.
* {{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.
* BigBad: Ramon.
* BlackAndGreyMorality
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Joe towards Ramon, though it's clearly a display of bravado rather than mercy (and the gun was empty anyway).
* BloodlessCarnage: Compare the machine-gun massacre scene in this movie with the final shootout of ''Film/TheWildBunch''.
* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler:Ramon, when Joe finally gets to shoot him.]]
* BloodKnight: Ramon.
* BulletproofVest: Joe fashions one out of scrap metal before the film's climax, giving him a chance against Ramon and his rifle.
* ChekhovsSkill: Ramon's ability to make perfect heartshots to a suit of armour. His rifle's bullets don't penetrate it [[spoiler:and also cannot penetrate Joe's boiler plate.]]
* TheChessmaster: Joe
* ColdSniper: Ramon.
* CripplingTheCompetition: The bad guys stomp on Joe's hands while beating him.
* DeadpanSnarker: It's a movie starring Creator/ClintEastwood, so take a guess...
* {{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.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Ramon makes Marisol his whore just because he thinks her husband owes him on account of a past gambling incident.
* TheDragon: Esteban.
* TheDreaded: Ramon.
* TheDrifter: ''The'' classic Western example.
* DubNameChange: In the original Italian, Don Miguel was known as Don Benito.
* EnemyCivilWar: The Man With No Name deliberately starts this between The Baxters and The Rojos.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Don Miguel look shocked when [[spoiler:Esteban shoots Consuela.]]
* EvilGenius: Ramon. He's the only one of the villains who has a clue about Joe, and seems to be the Rojos' planner as well.
* EvilMatriarch: Mrs. Baxter is the real brains in her family.
* EvilVsEvil: The Rojos vs The Baxter, though the Baxters are more corrupt than evil.
* FalseFlagOperation: [[spoiler:The Rojos pretend to be American soldiers to steal the gold shipment from the Mexican Army. They've already killed the Americans and position the bodies to make it look like they killed each other.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: Ramon.
* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether: The Rojo brothers and the Baxters are both family gangs.
* FeudingFamilies
* AFistfulOfRehashes: The TropeNamer, and itself a Western rehash of ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'', as mentioned below.
* ForeignRemake: Again, of ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}''. The writers didn't credit Kurosawa at first, and as a result he had to sue them.
* ForTheEvulz: This is the only reason in Ramon. He is just an inhuman bastard who enjoys killing and robbing.
* GatlingGood: The Rojos steal some gold from the Mexican army, largely thanks to being able to mow down about 100 soldiers with an old time Gatling Gun.
* GigglingVillain: Esteban
* GrayAndBlackMorality
* GuileHero
* TheGunslinger
* TheHeavy: Ramon
* HollywoodHealing: Not as bad as ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'', as Clint Eastwood's character does take some time to recover from his injuries.
* HonorBeforeReason: At the end of the movie, Joe has killed all of Ramon's associates, tricked him into using up all the bullets in his rifle, and [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands shot the rifle out of his hands for good measure]]. Instead of just shooting the defenseless Ramon, however, he empties his own gun and throws it on the ground, just so he and Ramon can have a who-can-pick-up-their-gun-reload-it-and-shoot-the-other-guy-first contest.
* ImprovisedArmour: The metal chest piece.
* IronicName: Chico, [[BilingualBonus which is Spanish for]] "[[FluffyTheTerrible Tiny]]".
* {{Irony}}: At the start of the film, Joe is giving [[{{Undertaker}} Piripero most of his business]]. Unfortunately for Piripero, Joe's cleared out most of his customers by the end of the film. Though, the bodies pile up at a fast enough rate at one point that they just don't bother with coffins anyway.
* {{Jerkass}}: Ramon and Esteban Rojo
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Joe
* KickTheDog: Ramon, when he massacred a Mexican army unit in his first appearance and when he brutally tortures Silvanito.
* KnightErrant: Joe
* MexicansWithMachineGuns
* MobWar
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Ramon sets up two mass murders within several days rather than try more subtle methods or be content to accept an enemy's surrender.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: For much of the movie, the Man With No Name is only out to make some quick cash, and while he's doing that he's all but invincible in fights and plays all the other characters for suckers. It's only when he tries to do something nice by helping Marisol and her family escape that the bad guys get wise to him and deliver a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown
* NoNameGiven: The coffinmaker refers to him as Joe. Might as well.
* OhCrap: Ramon's reaction every time Joe gets up from his heart shots.
* OneBulletLeft
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Joe. In his words: "That crazy bellringer was right. There's money to be made in a place like this." Though, he does offer a good amount of his earnings to the family he rescues from the hands of the Rojos.
* OnlySaneMan: Silvanito, the bartender, who at first reluctantly befriends Joe.
* PetTheDog: The protagonist saves a family caught in between the troubles of the two GangOfHats, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold making him seem less amoral]]. The family is so damn thankful, Joe practically has to [[ShooTheDog shoo them in order for them to leave.]] And with good reason: dire consequences would befall both if they don't.
* PowerTrio: The Rojo Bros.
* PreMortemOneLiner: After verifying that John Baxter wasn't kidding when he surrendered, Ramon tells him to take up his surrender terms with his wife and says, "Maybe she won't be too happy," before shooting him.
* RecycledInSpace: ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'' WITH COWBOYS! [[TropesAreNotBad Not that there's anything wrong with that.]]
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Ramon attempts to subvert this in the page quote. It doesn't go well. He is trying it with Clint after all... which is usually a bad idea. The movie really plays with the trope, though. Joe doesn't win the shootout because his revolver is inherently better than Ramon's rifle. He wins because he utilises his weapon's strengths to exploit the weaknesses of Ramon's.
* ShapedLikeItself: Combined with OverlyNarrowSuperlative. The poster proclaims "''A Fistful of Dollars'' is the first motion picture of its kind. It won't be the last!" Especially ironic since it was a remake of ''Yojimbo''.
* ShowdownAtHighNoon
* SiblingsInCrime: The Rojo brothers.
* TheSlowWalk: Eastwood's final showdown with the Rojos.
* SmokingIsCool
* TheSociopath: Ramon and Esteban Rojo.
* SouthOfTheBorder
* SpaghettiWestern
* TheTheTitleConfusion: As noted above, in the opening credits the title is simply ''Fistful of Dollars''.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Don Miguel seems more like ReasonableAuthorityFigure than the AxCrazy Ramon and GigglingVillain Esteban.
* WeaponOfChoice: Revolvers vs. Rifles is actually a plot point.
* WouldHitAGirl
** One of the Rojo brothers guns down Mrs. Baxter without a second thought.
** There's also the quite shocking moment where The Man With No Name punches a woman in the face, thinking she was a man trying to kill him. Good luck finding a movie these days that will show the hero doing that even by accident.
* WouldHurtAChild: To demonstrate how horrible that is Ramon, he has the children of the kidnapped mother (a 6 years old kid) ''threatened to death'' if she is not given.
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