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Soundtrack review: A fistful of dollars (Ennio Morricone – 1964)

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Soundtrack review: A fistful of dollars (Ennio Morricone – 1964)



The immortal whistling tune that Ennio Morricone invented as the trademark of his spaghetti western scores is still as fresh and enjoyable now, 50 years later, as it was when it first came out. It doesn’t matter which variation I’m listening to…The beginning of the “Dollars trilogy”, “A fistful of dollars” is the score that gets the least hype and appreciation from the three but just listen to those main titles…The music is a breath of fresh air even today and as adventurous and exciting as film music tracks come.

The action and chase cues from this one are some of the most exciting he has ever written. “The chase” makes me get up from my chair. It’s a mix of action and tenderness that only Morricone can blend. The romantic “Fistful of dollars” theme makes me squint imagining that perfect sunset. I am hypnotized by The Maestro’s music and nothing can break that spell…

“A fistful of dollars” has its place in film music history and it is a score that everyone should listen to once in their lifetime…

Cue rating: 95 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 24 / 29

Album excellence: 84%



Almost Dead

Square Dance

The Chase

Theme From A Fistfull Of Dollars

‘a Fistfull Of Dollars’ Suite


Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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  1. Mark Eakes 5th April 2016

    Morricone became my favorite film composer with this movie, even though his pseudonym, Dan Savio, is still listed in the credits. As great as his scores continued to be from this point on there is still something about this score that continues to intrigue me to this. I only want to know where the cue THE RESULT was to be used in the movie.


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