Clint Eastwood Western ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ Dubbed in Navajo for Special Screening

by Michael Freeman
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Clint Eastwood’s iconic spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars remains a classic to this day. Though it’s almost 60 years old, it recently received a Navajo dub and a special screening.

A Fistful of Dollars or Béeso Dah Yiníłjaa in Navajo, is receiving a special screening. Debuting later this month, it will be on or near the reservation that reaches into Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Meanwhile, the Navajo dub premieres on November 16 at the movie theater in Window Rock, Arizona for cast and crew. As for the general public, limited seats are available, but only to those who are vaccinated against COVID-19. Additionally, attendees must consent to be tested onsite, if asked.

Fox News states Eastwood’s film is only the third major movie available in the Navajo language. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and Finding Nemo are the other two. The dubs come as a result of an effort to preserve the Navajo language. The movie originally should have come out last year, but COVID-19 slowed production and delayed it.

Manuelito Wheeler, the Navajo Nation Museum Director, said Navajo elders frequently requested the spaghetti western to receive a dub. “It only makes sense to make a movie for them since they are the primary speakers of Navajo,” Wheeler stated. “I know they’ll have a great time watching it.”

The Navajo Nation Museum collaborated with the Kino Lorber film distribution company and Native Stars Studios to make the project a reality. As one might expect, Navajo actors voice every role in the movie.

‘Pale Rider’ Co-Star Talks About Working With Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood is known for starring in a plethora of westerns. While we only get to see him through films, one can’t help but wonder how he is behind the scenes. According to a Pale Rider co-star, “He’s kind of awesome.”

Talking to WECT NEWS 6, Sydney Penny fielded questions about working alongside Eastwood in Pale Rider. “I have so many wonderful memories both professionally and just personally,” Penny recounted. “The whole cast and crew were spectacular, spectacular people and craftspeople and technicians. It was a beautiful location where we were shooting up in Idaho and the biggest image of it is Clint right in the middle.”

It’s no surprise she distinctly remembers Eastwood. He was well into his stride when the film came out in the 80s and no one has spoken negatively about working with him.

“I am probably just one of several million people that love him, love his work, and I’m so honored to have known him and to have seen him up close his style of working, his ethos, and his kind consideration for everyone he works with. He’s kind of awesome.”