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.
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"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…
One of the very few Western films i like
i watched with my family , dad watched it 1966 and it was nice to see it again for him ... for me i thought there is a lot o staring involved and little talking in the first 30 minutes but i enjoyed it.
So painfully brilliantly fucking ecstatically amazing.
It gets sort of boring and repetitive
Epic western. Leone's second best movie is better than most directors greatest. The last 20 minutes is one of the best pieces of cinema there is. Today this would be made into two movies, so settle down, put on a poncho and chew a cigar for a while
I must be out of sympathy with westerns; I'm disappointed nearly every time out. This one tried my patience extremely; I did not begin to warm to it until the last half hour. The action and characters were too cartoonish for me to get interested. Apart from that last half hour, I dare say the title is the best thing about it.
more like the bad the bad and the ugly cowboys staring at each other for three hours while covered in dirt
My feeling about this movie is that Leone was trying to take the spaghetti western genre (and his career) to the next level. Hence, this movie spends a lot of time criticizing the atrocities of the civil war and put the gunfights aside for a while.
But when the final duel comes, combining excellent directing, acting and score, you have one of the most tense moments in movies ever!
Clint Eastwood could do no wrong in this movie that's so good, his character wasn't even my favorite. A straightforward story of three conniving bastards allured by the ecstasy of gold in a world with no rules. A long journey for sure, at three hours there were both parts that got me audibly excited at the awesomeness, and parts that had me laughing out loud. The vast landscapes and amazing sets were a treat to look at. The legendary music was amazing as expected and perfectly hyped up all the best scenes. The epic final showdown, part of which is literally the main characters staring intensely at each other for four and a half minutes, ended exactly the way I wanted. I can't imagine there's a better western film out there.
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