All member reviews for A Fistful of Dollars

Common Sense Media says

Guns galore in intro "spaghetti Western" serving.

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age 11+
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Teen, 17 years old Written bydawtpbwv July 18, 2011

A F F O D review

it's perfectly fine
Kid, 12 years old January 6, 2013

Cool, Italian Western introduces Clint Eastwood.

This is a good movie. It was made by an Italian, which introduces the "spaghetti western" genre. This movie contains dramatic and suspenseful music from an Italian composer. This flick contains bravery, drama, thrills, and a little bit of violence; I think it has everything that a good western should have (though I don't enjoy graphic violence). I gotta say, though, Common Sense Media, mislead the review. It does have some blood, which I don't know why they didn't notice. The first half is kinda bloodless (there still is some shooting) but once they start beating the "Man With No Name", it gets more violent from there, and contains more blood. It's a great film, but make a wise choice about who to let see it. I'd probably rate it PG-13 for some western violence and a brief beating. At times, Clint Eastwood may be represented as a good role model by being brave and standing up for others.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byMr Blonde January 29, 2014
Sure it may be a little too violent but the dollars trilogy are the kinds of classics all kids have to see before they are too old
Adult Written bytrojan51 April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written byjames brown April 9, 2008

I can't help but loving it!

after I broke my arm I couln't do anything exept watch movies(not even play video games!). so I went to a second hand movie store and bought this movie and it's two sequles, and this is my favoret of both of them. it's my favoret clint eastwood movie and my favoret western movie. oviously CM doesn't know what their talking about, this movie isn't "not rated" it's rated R but, at the time it was made there was no PG-13 rating. in my oppinon it should be rated PG-13 I recommend this movie to anyone there isn't even any bad language! 11 and up it's a go!
Kid, 10 years old September 16, 2013

Amazing speical effects for the time being made

Clint Eastwood does it again another awesome hit!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educator and Parent of a 3, 10, 13, and 15 year old Written bytheprincessmommy May 24, 2012

Some Concerns, but Approved for My Boys

Although this is a very violent movie, I approved it for my 13 and 10 year old boys. Unlike most westerns, the main character was not out for revenge. He was obviously plotting two rival western gangs against each other to rid the town of them. A town whose innocent people had been tortured, murdered, and worse by these bullies. In this time and place in history there was no court or prison system; the only way to protect the innocent from evil-doers was to end the lives of the evil-doers. I believe "killing the bad guys" is only appropriate in a circumstance like this where victims can be protected in no other reasonable way. Also, unlike most westerns, there was a great respect for the personhood of women (and children and good men too). When the main character had the opportunity, he didn't even look at a vulnerable woman inappropriately, let alone lay a hand on her. Also, it shows another woman as valuable for being the person she is, as well as for her important roles as wife and mother in her family. The main character also protects a victim family with, potentially, his life, taking a severe beating and knowing he might die, but continues to keep the family protected. These things are very commendable as far as I'm concerned. There are some drawbacks, and it did take some conversation between my husband and I to determine if our boys could watch this. There is a little revenge at one point when he prolongs the death of a bad guy a little, but it's not as obvious of revenge again as in most westerns. The women's clothing is certainly low-cut, although I don't think they come across as provocative, but rather the style of the day. There is a LOT of mindless killing, although by the bad guys in order to show just how ruthless they are. There IS blood, despite what the Common Sense review says, though not much and it looks more like paint, and the "murderous suitor" DOES "lay and hand on her" - he kisses the captured woman. And it may be of concern to some parents that there is continuous smoking and a lot of drinking. Overall, I'm glad I previewed this. I had said "no" upon reading the Common Sense review, but decided to preview myself after the heartfelt pleading of my older son. :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byPlague February 26, 2010

A Fistful of Dollars

Gotta love the Eastwood westerns. What a fantastic preformance.
Kid, 9 years old August 17, 2015

Violent, And Dissapointing Considering The Third Movie, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, But Still Good

Firstly, I thought i'd put this here: This movie is the first movie in the series of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. I don't believe it is very well known that The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly was in a series itself. (I could be wrong, I just found this out) With that, this is very disappointing, if you have noticed the stellar acting and quality that has made itself known in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, it certainly isn't here. (I was surprised when I noticed the first clich'e) I did like it; it definitely isn't bad, but it is plagued by some of the problems that weren't there in the third movie. Again, for anyone who is surprised to see that there are two others, the third movie didn't hint at any backstory. (So it's hard to notice) The problems are that there are cliche's, and the acting doesn't go nearly as great. The feel to the movie is much less good (maybe it's hard to not realize it if you watched the third), it really wasn't there, and felt offbeat relative to the third (or third to first, haha) but the feel was better in the third. This is good, and someone who is a large fan of the third (like myself) will enjoy this. I'm certainly glad I watched it. It began spaghetti western; big achievement. It has killings, a small amount of blood, and drinking, becoming more traditional as the genre went on. (spoilers) The good is the only one here; the bad plays a different character, and the Ugly just isn't there at all. For young children, it does turn down the violence level. Good overrall, maybe okay for those who have not seen the third. -Movies0000
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Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written bySuddenImpact August 27, 2013

Great Western

Great western. Common Sense says it's Not Rated but it was re-rated R. It's ok for 11 and up because it's not too violent and believe it or not I have seen PG rated westerns a lot more violent than this.
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Too much violence
Adult Written byMovieMan789 July 5, 2016
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written byMavrah333 July 30, 2015

While a classic, and historically important, Fistful fails to deliver any true thrills.

Adult Written bysarge123 January 24, 2015

A good movie, but very violent/intense and ok for 15+

This is one of the most bewildering CSM reviews. This movie is bloody, brutal and at times rather disturbing. There is a reason why it is rated MA15+ in Australia, a rating that indicates 14's and younger can only watch accompanied by a parent. Some 14's could handle it fine, but 15 is the only safe bet.
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Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written bygranth July 11, 2014

Clint Eastwood's first great classic.

One of great films from the old west. Clint Eastwood's character kills people without any remorse. This movie would be rated PG-13 if it was a more recent movie.
Teen, 14 years old Written byMaWalker66 April 22, 2014