Film / Dollars Trilogy
aka: Man With No Name Trilogy
The "Dollars Trilogy" (also known as "The Man with No Name
Trilogy") is a trilogy of Spaghetti Western
films by Sergio Leone
. It consists of, in order of production:
They are tied together by these things:
- Directed and co-written by Sergio Leone.
- A soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone.
- Being Westerns filmed far from America — in Spain, since it has more Wild West-type terrain than Leone's native Italy does.
- Clint Eastwood is in all of them, popularly referred to as the Man With No Name. Although he is referred to by a different name in each film ("Joe", "Manco", and "Blondie" respectively), all of them are nicknames given to him by another character, and it's unclear whether he is even supposed to be the same character, at least until he picks up the poncho he wears in the other two films towards the end of The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.
- It also features Leone's regular cast members consisting of the likes of Aldo Sambrell, Benito Stefanelli, Lorenzo Robeldo and Mario Brega, and both Lee Van Cleef and Gian Maria Volonte appear in two films.
- It spawned a series of five tie-in novels: A Coffin Full of Dollars, A Dollar to Die For, The Million Dollar Bloodhunt, Blood for a Dirty Dollar and The Devil's Dollar Sign, as well as novelisations of the films themselves.
The Dollars Trilogy is simultaneously a Thematic Series
(there are no story connections at all and only some cursory Continuity Nod
moments) and a Deconstructor Fleet
. Together, they tell how the West was tamed, and where Men with No Name fit in all of that.
This series ended Black and White Morality
in later Westerns. It also made everyone who made Westerns after these films want to cast Clint Eastwood