January 23, 2015

Courage is found in unlikely places.
J. R. R. Tolkien

[Concerning a briefing about the Red October and what she is capable of]"You're going to be asked some very direct questions. Give them *direct* answers. Tell them what you think."
— Admiral James Greer (James Earl Jones), The Hunt for Red October (1990)

I'm at the age now where just putting my cigar in its holder is a thrill.
George Burns

A Fistful of Dollars (1964) (part 6 of 6)
  • The theme song was originally composed by Ennio Morricone as a lullaby. Sergio Leone insisted that he wanted the "deguello" trumpet dirge - played by Mexican troops before a battle to signify to the enemy that there will be no quarter given - that was used in Rio Bravo (1959), believing it was a "public domain" piece. Finally, he settled for a "Mexican trumpet" arrangement of the original Morricone piece.
  • According to Mickey Knox, Sergio Leone ran Yojimbo (1961) in a Moviola while constructing the script and blocking the action.
  • The trailers and promo material in the United States list the title of this film as "A Fistful of Dollars". The on-screen title on the film itself gives the title as simply "Fistful of Dollars".
  • The film had its North American premiere at the Carlton Theatre in Toronto, beginning its run on December 23, 1966.
  • Spoilers.
    The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
  • Mario Brega appears in all 3 of the Dollars Trilogy movies, and in all 3 movies, his character meets an unfortunate demise. In this movie, his character of Chico is crushed by a runaway large barrel pushed by Joe (Clint Eastwood). This is the only movie in the Dollars Trilogy where Eastwood's character was directly involved with Brega's character's demise.

  • The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.
    Chris Jones

  • The duration record for a face-slapping contest was set in Kiev, USSR, in 1931 when a draw was declared between Bezbordny and Goniusch after 30 hours.
  • Did you know that the beam of light shining from the top of the Luxor hotel is the most powerful in the world. The equivalent of 40 billion candle power, the beam is visible to airplanes from a distance of 250 miles.
  • On March 16, 1970, a bidder at Sotheby & Company in London paid $20,000 for one glass paperweight.

  • A clock chimes five times in four seconds. How many times will it chime in ten seconds?

    Ferengi Rules of Acquisition
    263. Never allow doubt to tarnish your lust for latinum.

    “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

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