In 1964, Fistful of Dollars moseyed into cinemas, as the first entry in the Dollars Trilogy. But what is the Dollars Trilogy?

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What is the Dollars Trilogy?

The Dollars Trilogy is a collection of films that fall into the category of Spaghetti Westerns. Spaghetti Westerns are a sub-genre of film that became popular during the 1960s, in large part to the work of Sergio Leone – the director of the Dollars Trilogy.

The films are classified as Spaghetti Westerns as they are Westerns, which were produced and directed by Italians filmmakers.

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What films are in the Dollars Trilogy?

There are three entries in the Dollars Trilogy. The movies in the Dollars Trilogy are as follows:

  • Fistful of Dollars (1964)
  • For a Few Dollars More (1965)
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

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The order of the Dollars Trilogy

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a prequel to the other two entries in the trilogy. As such, the trilogy is technically set in this order:

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
  • Fistful of Dollars (1964)
  • For a Few Dollars More (1965)

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Are all of the movies in the Dollars Trilogy part of the same series?

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The Dollars Trilogy is regarded as being part of the same series, however, the films can be argued to be separate entries that are simply linked by one character…

…who may or may not be the same person in each film.

This character who appears in each film is played by Clint Eastwood and is commonly known as The Man with No Name. Yet despite his title, The Man with No Name does have a name – and it differs from film-to-film.

In Fistful of Dollars the character is Joe, while in For A Few Dollars More he is called Manco. In The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the character is known as Blondie.

Is he the same character? It sure seems that way, but it is left ambiguous.

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Who are the cast of the Dollars Trilogy?

Notable actors in the Dollars Trilogy include Clint Eastwood, Mario Brega, Aldo Sambrell, Benito Stefanelli, and Lorenzo Robledo. All five actors appear in every entry in the series, although they play a different character with each appearance.

Additional noteworthy actors in the trilogy include Lee Van Cleef, Luigi Pistilli, Román Ariznavarret, Antoñito Ruiz, José Terrón, Marianne Koch and Eli Wallach.

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Who directed the Dollars Trilogy?

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All three entries in the Dollars Trilogy were directed by Sergio Leone.

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Who composed the music for the Dollars Trilogy?

The music for the Dollars Trilogy was composed by Ennio Morricone.

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Is the Dollars Trilogy known by another name?

In addition to being known as the Dollars Trilogy, the films are sometimes referred to as The Man with No Name Trilogy or the Blood Money Trilogy.

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What is the best entry in the Dollars Trilogy?

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is generally considered to be the strongest film in the collection, but each entry has a strong following among fans. Personally, For A Few Dollars More is my favourite.

According to IMDb the Dollars Trilogy is ranked as follows:

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) – 8.8/10
  • For a Few Dollars More (1965) – 8.3/10
  • Fistful of Dollars (1964) – 8.0/10

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