For a Few Dollars More

  • Review Date: July 31, 2007
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Western
  • Release Year: 1967
  • Running Time: 130 minutes

Common Sense Media says

More violence and Clint-itude in Italian Western.
  • Review Date: July 31, 2007
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Western
  • Release Year: 1967
  • Running Time: 130 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The Man With No Name and Col. Mortimer are both the "good" guys, but their motivations are profit and revenge, respectively. One villain is a "hunchback," reinforcing old horror-movie stereotypes.

Violence

Lots and lots and lots of shooting, with six guns and rifles. A stabbing. A man's wife and baby are shot to death (off-screen). With one exception, there's no blood visible, just plenty of bodies.

Sex

Sounds of a saloon girl and an outlaw having sex behind a door. She's glimpsed close to topless in the tub. Another quick-edit shot of a woman in bed getting her nightgown ripped off her.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is more violent than the previous A Fistful of Dollars. Killings include a wife and a baby, something quite shocking for the era (though they are shot to death out of camera range). The two "hero" characters are tough, ruthless gunslingers themselves, who in one not-to-be-imitated-at-home scene prove their targeting skills by shooting at each other's hats.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

The follow-up to the landmark Italian Western A Fistful of Dollars, FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE continues the story of the enigmatic, edgy good guy, the "Man with No Name" Clint Eastwood. Around the time of the Civil War, No Name (whose name is finally revealed to be Manko) is a cruel-eyed bounty hunter who brings in outlaws for money, dead or alive. But there's another bounty hunter in the El Paso region, Colonel Mortimer (Lee Van Cleef), who's a top marksman. Both he and Manko are going after the same outlaw gang, a crew of bank robbers run by the dastardly Indio (Gian Maria Volonte). After the two bounty hunters size each other up as rivals, they decide to partner up and divide the profits in busting the desperados.

Is it any good?

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Judged by some fans as better than the original, this sequel feels like a longer ride in the saddle with a tangled and flashback-confused plotline. Somewhat tedious and lengthy complications ensue as Eastwood's character infiltrates the gang. Plus, fragments of Indio's back story try to fill in why the vengeful Mortimer wants to get him most of all. It helps to know that a music box-like tune heard throughout the picture isn't simply part of the background soundtrack, but a musical watch (that can be heard clear across the desert) and a major clue.

As in A Fistful of Dollars, the movie plays a numbers game, only it's not Eastwood manipulating the outlaws into killing one another so he can handle the dwindled survivors. Instead, Indio tries to arrange for the bounty hunters to kill as many of his own posse as possible, so there are fewer bandits to share the stolen bank loot ... a scheme that might leave Indio at a certain disadvantage in the long run.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the differences between the Man With No Name and Col. Mortimer, and their different values. In A Fistful of Dollars the Clint Eastwood character showed some concern for innocent victims. Does he do the same here? Does he appear to learn anything from his dealings with Mortimer, or vice versa?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 10, 1967
DVD release date:July 28, 1998
Cast:Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Mara Krupp
Director:Sergio Leone
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Western
Run time:130 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 15 years old Written byshooter guru September 20, 2010
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13
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The best western ever made!

I personaly love this classic spagettie western and think tha it is the best out of all three of sergio leone's man with no name movies. Though the plotline can be a little confusing sometimes with all the flashbacks, and it may confuse younger viewers and some older one's to as well as the fact there is very little taking. But that said I like it that way because u have to pay attention to what's going on on screen. I think it is all surpassed by the solid story line and captivating fight scenes.
Teen, 16 years old Written byevolinag December 6, 2012
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12
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Sergio Leone classic has some sex, violence, sexual violence. Teens and up!

"For a Few Dollars More" is a western by master-of-the-genre, Sergio Leone. Being part of the "Dollar trilogy" (a series of western movies by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood), you need to know that you don't need to see "Fistful of Dollars" or "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" in order to follow this movie. But if you have seen the others, you know what to expect: Unusual cinematography, superb music by Ennio Morricone and a cool western scenery. "For a Few Dollars More" is exactly what you can call a well-made movie. It is nearly perfect, featuring memorable scenes, such as the hat-shootout, and fitting music. A very interesting villain with an even more interesting background story, and two sly protagonists on a neck-and-neck race make this a superb movie, with superb characters. Like the other works of Sergio Leone, this movie was a strong influence on the entire western genre. The theme music became as famous as the movie itself, and is very catchy. In conclusion, "For a Few Dollars More" may be a step behind "Once Upon a Time in the West", but still is a very good western movie! ------------------------------------------------------ As for the age restriction, you need to know that there are many, many shootings, like we know from western movie. Thematic elements including the villain raping a woman, but as you can see on my and CSM's recommended age, the sexual activity is not explicit. They are clothed and it is not graphic - it is quite possible that this goes above younger viewer's heads. I recommend this for viewers 12 and up, it really is not a graphic movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Adult Written bytrojan51 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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