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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

For a few Dollars more (1965) - Second part of the 'Man with no name' trilogy

'For a few dollars More' was a movie directed by Sergei Leone and starred Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Gian Maria Volontè. It followed the first successful movie of the spaghetti western trilogy, 'The Man with No Name'. However, what was interesting was that when Clint Eastwood was sought to be signed on for the second movie of the series (after the first, A Fistful of Dollars was not yet released), and Clint was hesitant to sign on the second movie without having even seen the movie (A Fistful of Dollars had been released in Italy, and was a success there, but not yet released in the US). For him, an urgent copy of the print was ordered, and after seeing the movie (even though the print was not in English, but in Italian), he believed enough to sign on for another movie. Another interesting bit from the movie was that the set that was built for the movie, a town called 'El Paso' in the Almeria desert, still exists. The movie is rated as one of the best in this category, with the classic portrayal of the characters in the Wild West along with the depiction of the American Southwest.
Clint Eastwood was called 'Manco' in the movie because people would see him doing any work using his left hand, his character always kept the right hand free to draw a gun and always be ready.

The movie is about the hunt for an outlaw called "El Indio (Gian Maria Volontè)" by 2 bounty hunters, one of them being the` younger 'Manco' (CLint) and the older, once highly respected Colonel Douglas Mortimer (who is no longer much respected, since he is now reduced to being a bounty hunter - one who hunts down criminals for the cash reward on offer against them). Colonel Mortimer has a personal agenda in the hunt for "El Indio", since El Indio had once raped and killed the Colonel's sister. Manco however is after the bounty money.
The 2 join hands in the hunt for El Indio, however, each has their own agenda. As a part of the hunt, it is decided that a reluctant Manco will join Indio's gang, as Indio is planning a raid on a safe in El Paso that contains almost half-a-million dollars, a huge sum of money by any standard. After the raid, Manco and Colonel Mortimer are caught in the act of stealing the money from the bandits, and are brutally thrashed, but are left free by Indio who in reality wants to have a fight between the gang members and the bounty hunters so as to ensure that the entire money belongs only to Indio. This action dutifully happens, and now there is a face off between Colonel Mortimer and Indio.

For a Few Dollars more, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and directed by Sergei Leone, released in 1965

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