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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.
"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…
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…
One thing that struck me while rewatching The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was the degree to which the film is interested in the aftermath of war. It might be overreaching to say that the film really has anything to say about war (other than, you know, that it's bad) but Leone weaves the story of these three gunslingers through and around various battlefields, field hospitals and prison camps. The motivations behind the war are never discussed and the two armies are more or less interchangeable. For Leone, war is an absurd and pointless horror show with the two opposing armies being distinguished only by the colors of their uniforms. Blondie and Tuco attempt to move through the war…
This film is overrated. I think it might be the greatest mixed bag in the history of the cinema. Throughout, amazing scenes are followed with terrible scenes by literal seconds. While For a Few Dollars More is probably better, I give the edge to this because of Eli Wallach. While a little of him can sometimes go a long way, all of the best moments here belong to him.
BluRay, Casa Pollio con Pollio, Mauro e Ilaria
That's the key word here. Everything is bigger.
Everything, that is, except Clint Eastwood's role. He actually has to carry much less of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly than he did in either A Fistful of Dollars or For a Few Dollars More. This is Eli Wallach's show as he plays Tuco, the titular ugly fella, in a bravura performance. He steals every scene he's in.
ENNIO MORRICONE IS THE LOVE OF MY LIFE
With all the finest elements of a western, the film highlights the ugliness of deceit and greed through suspenseful gun fights and entrancing music.
Anybody else notice how episodic in a Spielberg-esque way this film is?
Sergio Leone's third film in the "Dollars Trilogy" improves upon the previous installments in almost every way. The plot is grander, the showdowns are tenser, the explosions are bigger, and the iconic soundtrack is catchier. Clint Eastwood makes a return as the "Man with No Name", and Lee Van Cleef puts on a good performance as the villain, however each of these characters essentially set the stage for the film's real star Eli Wallach as Tuco, or "The Ugly".
In "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly",which turns out, is actually a prequel to the other two films, although the primarily characterized character is Tuco, we also get to see insight on how the "Man with No Name" became "The…
Slightly bloated masterpiece. Bloated, or just plain epic? That it occurs to me to ask that is a bit of a problem. Still -- doggone good.
Funny, I recently watched Steve McQueen's "Nevada Smith" and it's hard to believe both movies were released in the same year. "Smith" is fairly dated while "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" continues to feel modern.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…