Shapstik’s Movie Clip of the Week: A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

“You see, my mule don’t like people laughin’. Gets the crazy idea you’re laughin’ at him.”

The perennial spaghetti western, Fistful of Dollars is one of the greatest films of all time, and even though Charles Bronson was originally asked to be the ‘man with no name’, it was a young unknown actor by the name of Clint Eastwood, who mosied into town and set the stage alight with his trademark grimace and narrow stare.

I have chosen the “mule” scene, as it epitomises everything that is great about Sergio Leone’s western trilogy, and in terms of dialogue, is absolute gold. The now clichéd western moment, when seemingly outnumbered, the main character delivers the line that means “I’m taking you all on”. Not only this, but in the context of the film, the man with no name intentionally makes his mark on the town by proving his worth, making him a hired hand within moments. Ending the scene with his correction regarding funeral arrangements, Eastwood does it like no other, and delivers his lines impeccably for us western fans.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s clip, look out for the next one!



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