Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Director: Sergio Leone

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

     
 

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In the last and the best installment of his so-called "Dollars" trilogy of Sergio Leone-directed "spaghetti westerns," Clint Eastwood reprised the role of a taciturn, enigmatic loner. Here he searches for a cache of stolen gold against rivals the Bad (Lee Van Cleef), a ruthless bounty hunter, and the Ugly (Eli Wallach), a Mexican bandit. Though dubbed "the Good,"… See more details below

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In the last and the best installment of his so-called "Dollars" trilogy of Sergio Leone-directed "spaghetti westerns," Clint Eastwood reprised the role of a taciturn, enigmatic loner. Here he searches for a cache of stolen gold against rivals the Bad (Lee Van Cleef), a ruthless bounty hunter, and the Ugly (Eli Wallach), a Mexican bandit. Though dubbed "the Good," Eastwood's character is not much better than his opponents -- he is just smarter and shoots faster. The film's title reveals its ironic attitude toward the canonized heroes of the classical western. "The real West was the world of violence, fear, and brutal instincts," claimed Leone. "In pursuit of profit there is no such thing as good and evil, generosity or deviousness; everything depends on chance, and not the best wins but the luckiest." Immensely entertaining and beautifully shot in Techniscope by Tonino Delli Colli, the movie is a virtually definitive "spaghetti western," rivaled only by Leone's own Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). The main musical theme by Ennio Morricone hit #1 on the British pop charts. Originally released in Italy at 177 minutes, the movie was later cut for its international release.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The great Italian director Sergio Leone capped off his cycle of Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns (the so-called Man with No Name trilogy) with the magnificent epic The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. "The Good" is Eastwood, reprising his role as an ultra-cool, serape-clad, cheroot-chomping antihero, known here as Blondie; "The Bad" is a ruthless killer called "Angel Eyes" (Lee Van Cleef); and "The Ugly" is a greedy bandit named Tuco (Eli Wallach). The story, which follows the search for a fortune in hidden gold, has the archetypal simplicity of a folktale punctuated by significant amounts of highly stylized violence. Leone expands his successful formula here: Wallach's manic greed plays nicely against Eastwood's unflappability, adding a dimension of humor absent from the earlier films, as Blondie and Tuco form an unlikely partnership. At the same time, the director revels in his trademark juxtaposition of wide-angle shots and ultra-close-ups and his oh-so-fluid moving camera, resulting in powerful imagery that set new standards for wide-screen cinematography. As superb as his music was for Leone’s previous films, Ennio Morricone's score here is one of the all-time greats -- music that, with its twangy, ominous guitar chords, has come to define the spaghetti western. Along with Once Upon a Time in the West, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly stands as the apotheosis of the genre and a work of timeless perfection, completing Leone’s reinvention of the movie western. The DVD includes 17 minutes of scenes that were deleted after the film's original Italian release.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The last and grandest film in the "Dollars" trilogy, Sergio Leone's The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966) is actually a prequel, featuring Clint Eastwood's serape-less Blondie in a search for stolen gold during the Civil War. While the titular trio's quest seems simple, Leone renders the proceedings epic through the constant intrusions of a chaotic, war-torn universe. Rather than an ideal space, Leone's widescreen desiccated western landscape is a harsh environment ruled by brutality, but, as Eastwood's ironically labeled "Good" affirms upon witnessing a fruitless military battle, state-sanctioned bloodshed is even more destructive than individual venality. Still, Blondie's dry wit and Eli Wallach's buffoonish "Ugly" inject the violence with dark humor, while Ennio Morricone's famed score alternates between stately and tongue-in-cheek. In a final shootout set in an enormous circular cemetery and composed of extreme close-ups of the three leads, Leone sends Eastwood's Man With No Name out on a properly operatic yet wry note. The "good" triumphs, but, in Leone's West, it's all relative. Greeted with critical disdain for its stylistic flourishes and sadism, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly became a hit, and Leone's artistic influence can be seen from Eastwood's directorial work to John Woo's action theatrics.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/12/2009
UPC:
0883904140917
Original Release:
1966
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
A
Time:
2:41:00

Special Features

Fully restored extended version; Audio commentary by acclaimed film historian Richard Schickel; Audio commentary by noted cultural historian Christopher Frayling; Leone's West: making-of documentary; The Leone style: on Sergio Leone featurette; The Man Who Lost the Civil War: Civil War documentary; Reconstructing the Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Deleted scenes; Il Maestro: Ennio Morricone and the Good, the Bad and the Ugly Featurette on composer Ennio Morricone; Original theatrical trailer, french trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood The Good
Eli Wallach Tuco, the Ugly
Lee Van Cleef The Bad
Aldo Giuffré Actor
Rada Rassimov Actor
Mario Brega Actor
Luigi Pistilli Actor
Chelo Alonso Actor
Silvana Bacci Actor
Antonio Casas Actor
Livio Lorenzon Actor
Enzo Petito Actor
Aldo Sambrell Actor
Claudio Scarchelli Actor
Sandro Scarchelli Actor
Benito Stefanelli Actor
Sergio Mendizabal Actor

Technical Credits
Sergio Leone Director,Screenwriter
Age Screenwriter
Eugene Alabiso Editor
Eros Bacciucchi Special Effects
Nino Baragli Editor
Rino Carboni Makeup
Tonino Delli Colli Cinematographer
Gonzalo Gavira Sound/Sound Designer
Franco di Giacomo Camera Operator
Alberto Grimaldi Producer
Mickey Knox Original Story
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Bruno Nicolai Musical Direction/Supervision
Giancarlo Santi Asst. Director
Furio Scarpelli Screenwriter
Carlo Simi Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer
Luciano Vincenzoni Screenwriter

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