A Fistful of Dollars

1964 R 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD

A Fistful of Dollars

1964 R 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD
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The first film in director Sergio Leone and star Clint Eastwood's "Man with No Name" trilogy finds a world-weary gunman in a town torn apart by warring gangs. He agrees to work for both sides, ultimately pitting the two factions against each other.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
French, English
English: Dolby Digital Mono
Widescreen 2.35:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: DTS 5.1 HD, English: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono, French: DTS 5.1 Surround
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
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age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this is more violent than many of the Hollywood Westerns that preceded it -- though ones that came after were worse. Lots of men (and one woman) die, even if we don't see bullets leaving exit woods. A little boy is tormented by being fired at (but not hit) by bullies, and the hero suffers an excruciating beating. One character uses a plate of metal under his poncho as an effective bulletproof vest -- a real don't-try-this-at-home detail.

Sexual Content

A married woman is held hostage by a murderous suitor, but he doesn't lay a finger on her.


Lots and lots and lots of shooting, with six guns, rifles (and a machine gun). There's no blood, but plenty of bodies. Another man killed with a flung knife. There is a firebombing, and characters are tortured with severe beatings. Eastwood strikes a woman unconscious by mistake.


Villains told to go to hell.

Social Behavior

Though the Man With No Name cleans up the town of all its criminal elements (and he goes out of his way to protect their innocent victims), the character's ruthless attitude, avarice, and easy way with a gun made even TV networks uneasy in the 1960s. Most of the supporting characters are supposed to Mexican (but are played by a melange of Europeans).


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Saloon drinking, and Eastwood and others have cigarettes clenched in their teeth a lot of the time.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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