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Jan 05

Number 175 For a Few Dollars More (1967)

For a Few Dollars More is number 175 of our top 200 movie list.  It is directed by Sergio Leone and stars Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Gian Maria Volonte.  It is rated R.

Kenny’s Review

For a Few Dollars More is the sequel to a Fistful of Dollars and is considered the best of the “Spaghetti Westerns.”  While not a big fan of these types of western movies I do enjoy the Good the Bad and the Ugly so when I heard that this was the best one I had my hopes high, which was probably what doomed my experience of watching this movie.  While Clint being the man with no name is the epitome of being a being that kicks butt and takes names later, which is pretty much is character in just about every movie he has been in, but the incomprehensible plot line was too much for me this time around.  This was my first and probably my last viewing of, For a Few Dollars More.

The story centers on Clint Eastwood, as the Man with No name, and Lee Van Cleef, as Colonel Mortimer two bounty hunters after the biggest outlaw in the region El Indio, played by Gian Maria Volonte.  El Indio leads a gang of ruthless thugs each with a price on their heads and if any bounty hunter can take them down it will be the score that will give them enough money to be able to take an early retirement.  As both Eastwood and Van Cleef try to track down El Indio the come to the realization that he is going to rob the Bank of El Paso the richest and most secure bank in the territory.  When Eastwood and Van Cleef reach El Paso roughly about the same time they find out both of them are after the same man have a brief man to man discussion where they shoot each other’s hats full of holes and realize that maybe the best course of action is to team up.  As the plot takes twists and turns to create as many western clichés as possible the movie for me went from being slightly hard to follow to why am I still watching this.

Now it is definitely not the worst movie that I have ever seen in fact it is not even the worst movie that we have seen on top 200 movie list we made. That distinction goes to Raging Bull.  The acting was over the top, but in a good way. The dramatic close ups were used in just about every scene and is to be expected for this type of movie even though I think it should be a less is more kind of thing.  The music score by Ennio Morricone was not a disappointment, but just the lack of storyline that fit together got me in the end.  I wish they would have spent a few dollars more thinking the story through, but it does not seem like they did so I give it 2 and half shells out of five.
2 and a half shells

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