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…
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…
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.
You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.
There's two kinds of people, those who think John Wayne was the greatest Western movie actor, and those who think it was Clint Eastwood. I'm with Eastwood, the rest of you are just wrong. Here he plays "the man with no name" for the third and last time in the so-called Dollars Trilogy. He is the personification of everything that makes a gunslinger cool.
I called it a "so-called" trilogy because Sergio Leone claims it wasn't his intention that they be sequels to each other, even though Eastwood is dressed the same way, acts the same way…
"The way I figure, there's really not too much future with a sawed-off runt like you." - Blondie
Wow, wow, wow, wow, and WOW! Why did I wait so long to watch this movie, WHY???!!!??
Again, I am embarrassed with myself, and yet I am also very happy and lucky that I got to watch a gem like this for the first time. I realize now that I need to stop being so stubborn and resistant to watching movies from certain genres and time periods.
There are some Westerns and classics that I have enjoyed in the past, but in particular, classic westerns have been something…
I’ve got to the ripe old age of 41 and hadn’t seen The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, till tonight. Not at all what I was expecting. Total *WTF* of a film.
Again, with the opinions nobody needed to hear a millionth time: Sergio is the master of the Western. The final 20 minutes are fantastic.
One of the quintessential pieces of the Western genre, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is a hyper-realization of the possibilities the genre holds, long after its "peak" closer to the beginning of the film era.
Clint Eastwood shines in his role as The Good, aka Blondie, giving one of the most stoic characterizations the Western Territory has ever had. Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef also play The Ugly (Tuco) The Bad (Angel Eyes) to near perfection. I've seen criticism of Wallach's Tuco as too cartoonish in contrast to the other two, but I feel like his goofy greedy demeanor adds just the right touch of humor to the rest of the pieces dead-pan attitude.
The story is…
Since I have no idea how to even begin explaining why I hadn't seen this yet, despite being a self-proclaimed film lover, I won't even try. I've been embarrassed about this fact for a while now but I always felt somewhat wary about a 3-hour spaghetti western. For the first hour of this I was fearing the worst, as aside from a standout scene with Lee van Cleef at a dinner table, I wasn't feeling the film at all (whereas I was instantly hooked by Once Upon a Time in the West for instance) and worried for the rest of the film. However, as the film went on it grew and grew, and for its entire second half it was…
A vast empty Western landscape. The camera pans across it. Then the shot slides onto a sunburned, desperate face. The long shot has become a closeup without a cut, revealing that the landscape was not empty but occupied by a desperado very close to us.
In these opening frames, Sergio Leone established a rule that he follows throughout "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." The rule is that the ability to see is limited by the sides of the frame. At important moments in the film, what the camera cannot see, the characters cannot see, and that gives Leone the freedom to surprise us with entrances that cannot be explained by the practical geography of his shots.
"200,000 dollars is a lot of money. We're gonna have to earn it."- The Man With No Name (Blondie)
Other than the Original Star Wars Trilogy there is only one trilogy where I like the second film better than the first and the third film better than the second. That only other one is Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy. The third and final film of his epic trilogy of Westerns is The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It is honestly one of the most perfect films ever made. I really can't name a single problem I have with it. There are very few films I can say that about. From its eye-catching opening title sequence, to the intensity of the…
Eli Wallach is the good, the bad, and the ugly.
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For an alien who doesnt know what is a "movie", show him this and tell, " these kinds of things are called movies"
There are only two kinds of movies in the world :
1.Good, Bad and the Ugly
2.Rest of them
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