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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (23-Dec-1966)

Original Title: Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

Director: Sergio Leone

Writers: Agenore Incrocci; Furio Scarpelli; Luciano Vincenzoni; Sergio Leone

Music by: Ennio Morricone

Producer: Alberto Grimaldi

Keywords: Spaghetti Western, Treasure Hunt

The Good, Clint Eastwood as Blondie, and the Ugly, Eli Wallach as Tuco, run a repeating bounty hunter scam where Blondie turns Tuco in for reward money, and then breaks him free. Blondie hears a dying man's tale of $200,000 gold buried in a Confederate soldier's grave; also after the gold is the Bad, Lee Van Cleef as Angel Eyes. Final film of the "The Man with No Name" trilogy; probably the best Spaghetti Western ever made. Brilliant score by Ennio Morricone.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Clint Eastwood
Actor
31-May-1930   The Man With No Name
Lee Van Cleef
Actor
9-Jan-1925 16-Dec-1989 The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Eli Wallach
Actor
7-Dec-1915   The Magnificent Seven

CAST

Clint Eastwood   ...   Blondie -- The Good
Lee Van Cleef   ...   Angel Eyes -- The Bad
with
Aldo Giuffrè   ...   Union Officer
Luigi Pistilli   ...   Fr. Ramirez
Rada Rassimov   ...   Maria
Enzo Petito   ...   Storekeeper
Claudio Scarchilli   ...   Peasant
John Bartho   ...   Sheriff
Livio Lorenzon   ...   Baker
Antonio Casale   ...   Cpl. Jackson
Sandro Scarchilli   ...   Peasant
Benito Stefanelli   ...   Henchman
Angelo Novi   ...   Monk
Antonio Casas   ...   Stevens
Aldo Sambrell   ...   Henchman
Al Muloch   ...   One-Armed Bounty Hunter
Sergio Mendizabal   ...   Bounty Hunter
Molino Rocho   ...   Capt. Harper
Lorenzo Robledo   ...   Henchman
and with
Mario Brega   ...   Cpl. Wallace
and
Eli Wallach   ...   Tuco -- The Ugly

REVIEWS

Review by anonymous (posted on 27-Oct-2006)

It is my considered opinion that G, B,& U is one of the 2 best pictures of all times - not just of Westerns. The other being "Once Upon A Time In The West". The convuluted story line in "Once" surpasses GB&U but Eli Wallach steals the show as the Ugly Mexican bandit. He should have won an Oscar - for a Jewish, New York trained actor to be so convincing in his character is nothing short of stupendous. Sergio Leone is to be given much credit for his work in both of these pictures as well as Ennio Moricone for the music.


Review by Vamsee (posted on 20-Feb-2005)

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (originally Il Buono, Il brutto, Il Cattivo) is Sergio Leone's third and final Spaghetti Western with Clint Eastwood. If Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More made Clint famous, this movie made him a superstar, granting him an immediate seat beside movie greats like John Wayne.

The movie tracks adventures of 3 men, Clint Eastwood aka The Good, Lee Van Cleef aka The Bad and Eli Wallach aka The Ugly, in their quest for $200,000 of Confederate money.

The Good and The Ugly form an unusual partnership. Clint turns in Wallach and collects the money. Just when Wallach is about to be hanged for his crimes, Clint shoots the rope and the bounty is distributed equally. Once after such an escape, Clint leaves Eli Wallach in a desert -- 60 miles from the nearest town, with a feeling that "If you save your breath, I think a man like you can manage it!!!". Eli Wallach survives and vows to take revenge. He finally catches Clint unawares and marches him across a desert. Just then, a wagon comes by full of dead men. The last dying man talks to Wallach about a loot hidden in a cemetary but Clint comes to know the name on the grave.

On the other hand, Lee Van Cleef is a mercenary who "always sees the job through when he's paid". He too is in the race for the money. When The Good and The Ugly are caputured by the Union soldiers, The Bad recognizes The Ugly and forces the name of the cemetary out of him by using torture. Since Clint wouldn't speak, he offers him a partnership.

Blondie (Clint Eastwood) escapes from Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef) and teams up with Tuco (Eli Wallach). Together, they kill all of Bad's band and in their journey, blow up a bridge for which both the Confederate and the Union are fighting for.

In the end comes the unforgettable part of the movie. Blondie writes the "name on the grave" on a stone and there would be a three-way shootout for the money. In Blondie's own words, "$200,000 is a lot of money. We are gonna have to earn it". What follows is an amazing use of cameras and music by Sergio Leone. Once again he displays his genius with the cameras first focusing on the guns with hands moving slowly and then to the eyes of the three guys. Finally, Blondie shoots Angel Eyes. Blondie had already emptied Tuco's gun the previous night. He makes Tuco dig the treasure out and split it 50-50, "just like the old times". But only this time, Blondie leaves Tuco hanging from a rope and shoots it from a distance.

The last scenes of the movie are a must for any movie-lover. The amazing background score by Ennio Morricone is just excellent.


Review by anonymous (posted on 31-Aug-2006)

Other outstanding aspects of this work is the highly sympathetic views its makers have towards the soldiers of the civil war and the shared futility over the carnage wrought by fighting over a bridge to nowhere. Eli Wallach's sensational 'chicken strut' running around the cemetary where the gold is stashed is probably the greatest manifestation of greed ever shown without the object of desire being visible. The entire horizon is filled with corpses rotting under foot, yet Wallach soars in ecstasy over the knowledge that somewhere within this sinking cesspool lies the wealth of his greatest fantasy.


Review by thebuildingguy (posted on 6-May-2007)

By far the BEST Western EVER filmed! Music score is this films equal. Casting is perfect! A better cast couldn't be formed. Mood, lighting and settings are impressive depicting the old west. Kinda ironic how Lee Van Cleef was shot and fell into pre-dug gravesite, (Eastwood kindly shoots his gun and hat into the hole with him) and 'Tuco' ends up in the noose, again, only to be freed as he is/ was in the beginning of the movie. What a way to make a living! This movie is a timeless classic, flawless!


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