Eastwood plays Joe in the this first installment of the Man with No Name trilogy and first Spaghetti Western, directed by Sergio Leone. Originally released in Italy in 1964 as Per un Pugno di Dollari, Joe is a gunfighter who wanders into town and finds a chance to make a fistful of dollars playing two rival powerful families against each other, setting off a battle and saving a town from tyranny in the process. Also starring Marianne Koch and Gian Maria Volonté. Morgan Freeman on the iconic character shaping Eastwood’s career:
It’s because of the Man with No Name. He established that voice when he was doing spaghetti westerns with Sergio Leone, and he’s used it ever since. People use it when they imitate him because it’s the only voice they know. But it only comes out when you mic him up and he’s on the set and acting. And then he uses this voice and I don’t know why….