For a Few Dollars More (1965)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Spaghetti Western  |   Run Time - 130 min.  |   Countries - Germany, Spain, Italy, Monaco, United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Brendon Hanley

Produced between 1964 and 1966, the films in director Sergio Leone's Man with No Name trilogy -- A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly -- were not released in America until 1967. The rapid succession of releases belied Leone's significant growth between each installment. Though A Fistful of Dollars was skillful and original, the production values were notoriously cheap and the characters were not fully realized. For a Few Dollars More improves on just about every aspect of the previous film, honing the mythic quality of the players. Leone elevates his style to another level; his operatic vision is in full flower here. Though clearly performing in the same minimalist style, Clint Eastwood significantly masters the subtleties of his gritty, nihilistic character. Watch for famed German actor Klaus Kinski as the hunchback who has a match struck on his neck by Lee Van Cleef.