Saddle up, partners, because we (along with returning guest Todd) head to the Wild Wild West (of Italy) for the 1964 spaghetti Western A Fistful of Dollars! Clint Eastwood plays The Man With No Name, a lone gunslinger with no allegiances and an eye for money, who wanders into a desert town besieged by gang warfare and decides to clean house. The film was a career-defining effort for both Eastwood and director Sergio Leone, who helped to define the spaghetti Western and its unique sense of dramatic, operatic style. Ennio Morricone delivers a dynamite score that charms as much as it thrills, and the film’s climax is famous in its building of tension and excitement. Unofficially adapted from the 1961 Akira Kurosawa samurai flick Yojimbo, A Fistful of Dollars is a worthy transfer, and a great film in its own right. Check out our review and drinking game below!
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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: The Drink With No Name
1 part silver tequila
1 part triple sec
6 parts green tea
1 part celery juice
dash, agave nectar
Rinse glass with splash of dry vermouth; muddle shaker with basil leaf and cucumber. Combine tequila, triple sec, celery juice, green tea and agave nectar and shake. Pour into vermouth-rinsed glass.
DRINKING RULES FOR A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS:
- Flute trills in the score
- Every time you hear laughter
- Whenever a character (esp. The Stranger) takes a cigar in or out of their mouth
FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:
The Stranger (Clint Eastwood) says “My mule don’t like people laughin’…”
Join us next week when we kick off the release of Jurassic Park in 3D with our review of the Spielberg classic!