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…
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…
"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…
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…
A long journey is used to make the audience wait and desire the best final shootout ever made where the three most tough and charismatic motherfuckers ever face each others while a perfect Morricone track plays for more than four minutes while Sergio Leone is giving us orgasms with his camera angles. The "when you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk" formula works perfectly in this blood bath where every piece of dialogue is either clever, badass or hilarious, every track gives me chills and every action sequence is breathtaking. No doubts, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is one of my favorite films ever.
So I watched the extended edition without knowing it. And dang, this action movie was miles better and more engaging than most action movies today. It should have been called "The bad, the bad & the worst" because all three protagonists were villains in their own right, extremely likable villains, but certainly villains. The plot interwove the three characters extremely well, using the civil war as a backdrop for the characters to manipulate and attack each other. The music was iconic and awesome (not quite as good as a fistful of dollars) and the end fight scene stands as one of the most noticeable scenes in film history.
The best part about this was the way the fight scenes were always psychological. Also, it is amazing how different this movie and the first movie were. It's honestly hard to imagine that they were even made by the same director
I’d never seen this before because I just figured it wasn’t for me. I’ve long harbored this image of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly as the perennial favorite of the Dad Movie Society and Clint, with his poncho and his squinty glare, as a beacon of masculinity that a young man substitutes for his Facebook profile picture because he finds it infinitely preferable to his own portrait. (I am an asshole.) And of course, I’ve heard snippets of the score everywhere, but always thought it sounded a little silly.
Netflix told me a few years ago it thought I would like The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and Netflix is never wrong. (Current “Top Pick for Real…
Bester Western ;)
The best ever!
Re-assisti esse favorito meu hoje. Continua absurdamente bom.
En god omgang spaghettiwestern! Selv om filmen er gammel, er den stadig godt spillet, og historien er spændende. Det er en lang film, og af og til går den da også lige vel langsomt, men alt i alt er det en god oplevelse - især hvis man er westernfan, hvilket jeg så ikke er. Filmen bør man se alene af den grund, at den er en ikonisk western, fra hvilken mangen en westernfilm siden har fundet sin inspiration.
Just as For a Few Dollars More was worse in every way (not that it is bad) than A Fist Full of Dollar's, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is better in every single way.
This movie is a classic. It is legendary. It is 3 hours and not once does it drag or slow down or anything. It moves at a breakneck pace and never feels more than two hours. You'll look at your watch and think how was that 3 hours?
Leone here cements himself as an amazing filmmaker. How he shot, edited, wrote and made this film is just amazing and influential. Westerns were never the same after this. Leone's career was never the same after…
Concluding my viewing of The Man With No Name Trilogy is, of course, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, which is also the only film in the trilogy that I had seen before. But wow, this film really is something. Clocking in at just two minutes shy of three hours, this is a film that fully utilises its runtime, never including an unneeded moment. It's an achievement of cinema and probably the best western of all time, right up alongside John Wayne's The Searchers.
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