Thursday, Oct 2020
Director: Sergio Leone
Screenwriters: Sergio Leone, Luciano Vincenzoni, Agenore Incrocci, & Furio Scarpelli
Length: 161 min.
Theme Song: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly ~ Ennio Morricone
Released: 1966

good the bad and the ugly posterBy the late 1960's the Western was no longer king of the Theater, movie-goers no longer flocked to the matinees. And a Western title was not enough to guarantee a profitable picture. Studios tightened the budgets of many Westerns to eek out as much money as possible. In films such as True Grit (1969) the town and interior sets are stunningly cheap. Contrasting this trend was Sergio Leone. During the 1960's he made some of the most authentic looking and feeling Westerns ever made. In the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, the viewer can nearly smell Tuco (Eli Wallach). The sets are exquisitely detailed and the photography magnificent. Long shots of riders in the distance convey the vast space of the West (even though filmed in Spain).

The story about three outlaws; relatively described as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The Man With No Name or "Blondie" (Clint Eastwood) teams with Tuco to run a scam to collect bounty money. They are killers and opportunists that work both sides during the American Civil War. Mistaking Union soldiers for Rebels along a dusty trail, the fellers are jailed. There they meet an old acquaintance, Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef). The three have assorted bits of knowledge about a hidden treasure. The last hour of the movie details the three conniving and wrangling to get the loot.

The film reaches its zenith in the graveyard as the three bandits square-off. Sergio Leone begins a visual symphony with long shots then draws increasingly closer as the shoot-out approaches. Accompanying the dramatic scene is equally dramatic music by Ennio Morricone. The cutting and music quicken until the climax. The combination is amazing.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly's only flaw is its crappy dubbing. Regardless, the movie is, without reservation, a Must See for any Western enthusiast.

Cast:

  • Clint Eastwood....The Man With No Name (Blondie)
  • Lee Van Cleef ...Angel Eyes Sentenza
  • Eli Wallach .... Tuco Benedito Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez
  • Aldo Giuffrè .... Northern Officer
  • Mario Brega ....Corporal Wallace
  • Luigi Pistilli ... Father Pablito Ramirez
  • Claudio ScarchilliRada Rassimov...Maria
  • John Bartho...Sheriff
  • Enzo Petito... Storekeeper
  • Livio Lorenzon.... Baker
  • Al Mulock.... One-Armed Gunslinger
  • Antonio Casale....Jackson/Bill Carson
  • Benito Stefanelli....Member of Angel Eyes' gang
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