Trivia / For a Few Dollars More

  • Career Resurrection: Lee Van Cleef hadn't worked in films since How the West Was Won, although he had worked fairly steadily in television. By this stage, he'd fallen on hard times due to his heavy drinking. The film effectively marked a resurgence in his career. Van Cleef had taken up painting in the interim as a way of making money.
  • Deleted Scene: Several scenes were allegedly shot, but it is debatable if they were shown in any version of the film. Stills exist of all the sequences. They include:
    • Monco looking at the reward poster for Red Cavanaugh, and later taking the poster of El Indio off a wall.
    • When Indio has broken out of jail, he baptizes his gun.
    • Monco beds the hotel manager's wife, Mary, in El Paso.
    • Monco shoots three of Indio's men by a river, transposed into a desert setting instead.
    • In Agua Caliente, Indio and his gang relax with some women from the village.
    • In 1967, the censor removed Indio's rape of Mortimer's sister and her suicide, but it has been restored for DVD and Blu-ray.
    • Early American and British VHS releases and TV broadcasts feature an extended version of the scene where El Indio tortures Mortimer and Manco, including some new dialogue:
    Mook: Why let them live?
    El Indio: All things at the right time.
  • Hostility on the Set: During filming, Sergio Leone felt that Gian Maria Volontè was sometimes too theatrical as Indio and would often use many takes as a way of trying to tire the actor out. Volonte became so angry with Leone's methods that he eventually stormed off the set. Unable to get a ride across the desert he returned to resume filming but swore he would never make another western again, which he felt was a tired genre.
  • One Steve Limit: Chico (Mario Brega) in A Fistful of Dollars, one of Ramon's henchmen, and Chico (Jose Canalejas), one of El Indio's henchmen in For a Few Dollars More.
  • Playing Against Type: This, any several other spaghettis such as Sabata, is one of the few times, besides, say, Escape from New York, that you'll ever see Lee Van Cleef play a heroic character of any type.
  • What Could Have Been: Sergio Leone wanted either Henry Fonda or Lee Marvin for Col. Douglas Mortimer. Fonda was ruled out as being too expensive and Marvin turned it down in favour of Cat Ballou. Charles Bronson turned it down feeling it was the same as the first film. Leone also considered Robert Ryan, one of his favourite actors since The Naked Spur.
  • You Look Familiar

  • When Colonel Mortimer gets off the train in the beginning, look to the left. La Calahorra Castle can be seen in the distance.