The Good, the Bad, and the UglyDirector: Sergio Leone
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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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|Clint Eastwood||The Good|
|Eli Wallach||Tuco, the Ugly|
|Lee Van Cleef||The Bad|
|Eros Bacciucchi||Special Effects|
|Tonino Delli Colli||Cinematographer|
|Gonzalo Gavira||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Franco di Giacomo||Camera Operator|
|Mickey Knox||Original Story|
|Ennio Morricone||Score Composer|
|Bruno Nicolai||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Giancarlo Santi||Asst. Director|
|Carlo Simi||Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer|
1. Main Title [2:55]
2. The Ugly [3:04]
3. $500 to Kill [9:02]
4. The Bad [2:22]
5. A Price On Tuco's Head [4:29]
6. Mercy On a Rat's Soul [2:41]
7. Filthy Beggars and Angels [3:10]
8. The Good [1:54]
9. A Fallen Woman [2:23]
10. The Price of a Pistol [6:11]
11. Rich and Lonely [3:16]
12. Dixie's Last Hurrah [8:03]
13. Southern Cuisine [4:17]
14. Tracking Blondie [3:24]
15. A Walk In the Sun [8:38]
16. Carson's Last Words [7:34]
17. With Fathers' Help [8:57]
18. Brother Pablo's Way [4:15]
19. Prisoners of War [2:33]
20. No More Brutality [6:06]
21. A Song For Old Friends [2:54]
22. Different Partner, Same Deal [8:38]
23. A Breakable Bond [6:13]
24. Tuco Takes a Bath [3:41]
25. Death In a Ghost Town [9:03]
26. Qualified Volunteers [4:53]
27. The Daily Slaughter [6:41]
28. A Bridge to History [6:14]
29. Graveyard Shift [8:57]
30. A Shovel For Arch Stanton [6:36]
31. Triangle of Trust [3:46]
32. ."..And Those Who Dig" [5:45]
Audio Commentary By Historian Richard Schickel
English 5.1 Surround
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I am not exaggerating when I say that this may be the greatest movie of all time. The theme of man's battle against his own nature is so sweepingly (and brutally) depicted. It's a battle we will never win. for we are the good, the bad, and the ugly. a losing battle in a series of losing battles fought with extreme veracity in an endless war where the casualties mount with every sweep of Leone's blood-stained eye. And all three main characters (and we) know this all too well. but that doesn't mean they hesitate for a second to journey head-long into that final beautiful standoff. and we're left with no sunset to ride off into. just the burning image of a lone rider. A solitary figure. Disappearing on the horizon.
Plot barely even matters, that's how good the cast and score is. The double-crossing is constant and exhilarating, and the action is tight, quick, and cool. Hard to top this.
This movie is a good example of a western from the 1960's. The movie was made in 1966. Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach star in this motion picture. The classic scene in the contest scene were the three main characters get in a circle and see who can draw the fastest. You will be amazed on how Sergio Leone makes alot of different camera angles. When it gets close to the time to shot the guns he puts the camera in different places very quickly. This film is a must see.
OK, probably not. But my all-time favorite. There is a peculiar elegance to this sordid and depraved and exuberant mutilation of all that is good and decent in human nature. The Good (Eastwood) is not; he's just smarter and shoots faster than the Bad (Van Cleef, who looks amazingly like a six-foot rat, but ironically is the only character of the titled that has standards), and the Ugly, portrayed with magnificent sprezzatura by Eli Wallach. The camera work is absolutely brilliant; and the soundtrack is lush, gorgeous, and jarring. And, in this amoral universe populated by people who are fun to watch but about whom you don't really care, director Leone cuts in with priceless little moments of pathos-and then cuts back immediately to the greed. A treasure.
Also Recommended: "For a few dollars more" is very good but not a classic. If possible, watch this first then G.B.andU. "Fistful of Dollars" has a tiny budget but is interesting to watch. The plot is ripped off from the dark comedie(Japanese?) "Yojimbo". Warning: "Fistful" lacks any shred of epicness. I do NOT recommend "Once upon a time in the west". It probably is just me but I wasn't at all interested in the characters. Somehow it all just seemed fake and pointless, and a step backward from the perfection of "The Good, The Bad , And the Ugly". And then of course there's Apocalyse Now, Dr. Strangelove, anything monty python related,
I realize some people won't be interested in the immortal characters and epic grandeur (most teens dont get westerns), so here are some reasons the film Must be at least appreciated by everybody: the music is perfect. ya know, that "ahh-ee-ah-ee-ahhhh wa-WA-waa" plus the guitar. To demonstrate the other reason I will use an example from "For a Few Dollars More" which I am stealing from Roger Ebert's review (the second in the trilogy). At one point, the good guys and the bad guys are walking toward each other in the middle of town. They start off far away and shown together but then the cemera just switches back forth between showing the good guys and the bad guys up close from the side. It is obvious that the two groups are now very close, and it has allready been told in the plot that everyone here has superhuman marksmanship. They stop. It seems only when the camera again shows both groups together do they fire. This isnt just stylized work it is as if the two are in separate worlds until they are shown together. There is a better example of what I'm trying to say in this film but I down want to give some of the the plot away. If you've already seen it, read this backwards: okuT stih sih deah no a enotsevarg dna ylno neht ew dna mih eciton eht daryevarg, hcihw saw ni sih realc weiv eht elohw emit dna dlouhs evah neeb ni sruo. please see part two.
This movie has great action, comedy, and excellent acting. Also it is the extended, almost all the original version which I love. I like my movies long, as long as they have great action like this outstanding movie.
If every genre has its apothesis, for the spaghetti Western it is the Good, Bad and the Ugly. Continually watched over generations, this film never disappoints. Clint Eastwood as Blondie is at its hippest. What's so great about this movie is that it never lives up to any stereotypes of the West. Nobody in this is really noble, in fact, all of them are equally despicable. The first Western to live up to the standards of realism, the quickest, smartest, and the luckiest are the only ones to survive, not the "good, the bad and the ugly."
Greatest Movie Ever Made!!!
A must see for all film lovers!
An amazing piece of the Sphagetti Western cinema art that could only fit the sensational sixties.The Blue Ray presentation is yet another excuse to see this masterpiece by Sergio Leone again, if you have seen it before. For the uninitiated, however, it provides a rude and ravishing introduction to a superb actor in making. Clint Eastwood, by now, an established "man with no name' gets the amusing Eli Wallach as the partner in crime and ruthless Lee Van Cliff as the real foe. It is easy to see why a movie becomes a treasure in any form be it and old VHS or the DVD or the Special edition and lastly, the Collector's edition. what is clearly appealing about the Blue Ray format, is the phenomenal picture quality detailing the finer aspects of the sizzling scenery and the astounding quality of the sound of music by 'everybody loves" Ennio Morricone that plays in your brain waves over and over again. The thrill does not get old no matter how old classic it is and how senile you feel watching this Baddest Leone Western.
one very amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!