*Watched the AMC 3 hr. restored version*
Holy confession time, I really truly believed I had seen this film in my childhood on television, but nope. How embarassing! What kind of cinefile can I be that I just saw it?
The kind who had a heck of a lot of fun! I enjoyed the humor, the fantastic framing, and of course, the score. Although, Leone was Italian, I can't help but feel this was a fairly anti-war film and must have struck US audiences (in the midst of Vietnam) as such. Funny how it can be both violent and anti-war at the same time, and yet, I felt this strongly.
Eli Wallach is so good as Tuco that it's hard…