Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
For three men the Civil War wasn't hell. It was practice.
While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men – a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit – comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.
The death of the western came with a bang. The gunshot fired by Italian hack Sergio Leone. One shot wasn't enough for Leone though, he emptied five shots into the body of the once great genre, and of those shots, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was the most fatal.
Whereas revisionist westerns around this time were brave, bold, and fresh coming from true auteurs like Sam Peckinpah and Alejandro Jodorowsky, Leone was stuck in the past, and a past he frankly couldn't understand. To him, Westerns were not about a new frontier. They were not about heroes looking for a fresh start, succeeding or failing for various reasons. They even lack the ability to subtly subvert roles and…
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is easily the best western I've seen so far. I must say I haven't explored many films from this genre, but I had the opportunity to watch a few classics such as Unforgiven and Once Upon A Time in the West in theaters a year ago. There is so much to like here I don't even know where to begin. We have plenty of humorous moments that work remarkably well thanks to a great comedic timing by the actors and how they provide their lines just effortlessly. The shootout scenes are always thrilling and very stylish to see, making the journey thoroughly entertaining. The iconic score by Ennio Morricone is simply amazing and…
Considered by many to be one of the greatest Westerns of all time, Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" is a gritty, textured tale steeped in the tragedy of war and a character-driven sense of humor. The grit and sly, subtle humor make Leone's epic fully engrossing and widely entertaining.
The film's premise is a streamlined thing of Western genre beauty: three men are on the trail of a treasure trove of gold buried in a cemetery. With the American Civil War being fought around them, the men attempt to make their way to the fortune. The narrative bursts with allegiances, schemes, and vendettas, linking the men together and tearing them apart. At its core, it is…
Dirty Harry stars in Sergio Leone's meaty spaghetti western. A badass with Angel eyes. An ugly-ass bandit with a long name. Doing the job you were paid to do. Playing a game of shoot Tuco's noose. Enjoying a smoke. Punching a priest. Taking a piss off a train. A long walk in the desert. A one-eyed solider with an important name. A mini Johnny Reb. Andersonville's cousin. You don't fuck with a man while he is taking a bubble bath. Hijacking a stretcher to blow up a bridge. Showdown in the big-ass cemetery. The ultimate 3-way duel. Blondie has a name and he sure as fuck can shoot.
Film #31 of Eighty-Eight Favorites
"There are two kinds of people in the world, my friend: Those with a rope around their neck, and the people who have the job of doing the cutting."
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly AKA The Film That Gave Me Writer's Block.
Look at the date I rewatched this film: June 25th. It has been nearly a month since I've seen this movie and it's been nearly a month since the worst writer's block I've ever experienced on this site came swarming in and clouded my mind.
I watched the first half of TGBU on the day that Eli Wallach died. The film felt different and there were…
In a span of 3 years, Sergio Leone changed the entire landscape of westerns with his Dollars Trilogy. The change began with A Fistful of Dollars, got accelerated with For A Few Dollars More but it wasn't until Leone unveiled The Good, the Bad & the Ugly that the final nail on the coffin of the traditional westerns was hammered for good. Making major upgrades in all departments, the third chapter not only turns out to be the best of the three but is also one of the greatest & most influential motion pictures ever made.
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly is the story of three men racing against each other to find a fortune in gold buried in a distant…
Terceiro filme da "trilogia dos dólares" do Sérgio Leone, mestre absoluto do western spaghetti.
I watched the reconstructed "Director's Cut" (for which there is a great 11 minute documentary about on the blu-ray, and probably DVD).
Western is one of those genres that I always end up enjoying, but just feel woefully inadequate about talking about since I just don't see all that many western films. And this might be one of the best westerns I've seen (right up there with Stagecoach).
It's long, engaging, sharp, and--at times--tender.
The only thing which bothered me is the dubbing. I've done some internet searching to try and figure out how much of the movie was dubbed... and the answers ranged from "all of it" to "the side characters who didn't know English" to a very unbelievable…
Sometimes, more is more. And if you have to shoot, shoot -- don't talk.
Fucking hell this is a fantastic film. Despite the utterly magnificent cinematography and music and epic scope, I think that ultimately the Falstaffian Tuco makes the movie. Unlike the impossibly, cartoonishly cool Man With No Name and Angel Eyes, he has Heart and Soul.
I remember growing up seeing this on TV, and there was always just something that drawled me into it. Eastwood's best character ever. And don't lie, you've had that score stuck in your mind at one point or another.
Direction - ★★★★★
Acting - ★★★★★
Writing - ★★★★★
Cinematography - ★★★★★
Music/Score - ★★★★★
Editing - ★★★★★
Sound - ★★★★
Costume Design - ★★★★★
Makeup - ★★★★★
Another movie I had seen and remembered very little of, I am very pleased I chose to revisit it. Sergio Leone's very deliberate and tense direction compliments the fairly fast moving script perfectly. Eastwood is great as the laconic Blondie (The Man with No Name) and Van Cleef makes for a charismatic villain in the role of Angel Eyes, but the real stand out for me was Eli Wallach as Tuco, 'The Rat', who is the kind of quick on his feet and lively scumbag that you can't help but like for the plainness of his intentions and honesty about his greedy nature.
Despite it's lengthy run time the film moves along at a good clip, and no scene felt unnecessary. A greatly enjoyable movie throughout.
This film has been on my list of shame for a long time, but I finally got around to watching this western epic, and it still holds up! 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' is a great spaghetti western with an enthralling story, awesome characters, and a memorable score by Ennio Morricone.
Such an awesome film. The acting, the score, cinematography, symbolism, etc. Any attempt at a review would just devolve into a list! Interesting to read that it got mixed review upon its release, but I guess that happens to a lot of films that are ahead of their time.
So many great memories of this film. Loved watching it with my father as a boy, rediscovered it in college and then got to see it in the theatre multiple times. I kind of thought the ultimate was getting to see an excellent print at LACMA, but turns out that pales in comparison to finally watching it with my boys!
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