Blondie (The Good) is a professional gunslinger who is out trying to earn a few dollars. Angel Eyes (The Bad) is a hit man who always commits to a task and sees it through, as long as he is paid to do so. And Tuco (The Ugly) is a wanted outlaw trying to take care of his own hide. Tuco and Blondie share a partnership together making money off Tuco's bounty, but when Blondie unties the partnership, Tuco tries to hunt down Blondie. When Blondie and Tuco come across a horse carriage loaded with dead bodies, they soon learn from the only survivor (Bill Carson) that he and a few other men have buried a stash of gold in a cemetery. Unfortunately Carson dies and Tuco only finds out the name of the cemetery, while Blondie finds out the name on the grave. Now the two must keep each other alive in order to find the gold. Angel Eyes (who had been looking for Bill Carson) discovers that Tuco and Blondie met with Carson and knows they know the location of the gold. All he needs is for the two to ... Written by
Sergio Leone originally titled his story "The Magnificent Rogues" and "The Two Magnificent Tramps," but impulsively changed it during a meeting in which he was pitching the story to United Artists executives Arnold Picker and Arthur Krim. The improvised new title amused them both, and they agreed to put between $1.2 and $1.6 million to make it and retain North American distribution rights. See more »
Tuco is wearing a Confederate uniform after he kills Wallace but is later seen in town wearing different clothes with no handcuffs around his wrists even though he only broke the chain. See more »
You're... from Baker?
[Angel Eyes is silent, eating a bowl of stew and staring at him]
Tell Baker that I told him all that I know already and I want to live in peace, understand? That it's no use to go on tormenting me! I know nothing at all about that case of coins.
[Angel Eyes stops eating and looks interested]
Now that gold has disappeared, but if he'd listened we could have avoided this altogether. I went to the Army court; there were no witnesses. They couldn't uncover any more....
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly or the Good, the Better and the Best, as
I prefer calling it, is a bizarrely sublime and a uniquely aesthetic
masterpiece. The actors in title roles have given such extraordinarily
superb performances, that it would be impertinent and disparaging to
merely regard their swell work as acting. In fact their brilliant
portrayals have immortalized Blondie, Sentenza/ Angel Eyes and the
enigmatic Tuco. Lee Van Cleef is fiendishly unforgiving as the
merciless Angel Eyes. Clint Eastwood is rugged yet suave, cocky yet
adorable as laconic cigar-smoker Blondie, a role that laid the
foundations of his illustrious career. But it is Eli Wallach, who
steals the show with his captivating portrayal of Tuco, a portrayal
that is as entrancing as it is enlightening. Wallach is amusing,
capricious, nonchalant, uncanny and yet tenacious as Tuco, perturbed by
his insecurities and dampened by his solitude. It is the tacit
amicability between Blondie and Tuco and their mutual hostility towards
the evil Angel Eyes owing to the vestiges of virtue present in them,
redolent of their moribund morality, which gives the story, the impetus
and the characters, a screen presence that is not only awe inspiring
but also unparalleled.
Sergio Leone's magnificent and ingenious direction in synergy with
Ennio Morricone's surreal music, Tonino Delli Colli's breathtaking
cinematography and Joe D'Augustine's punctilious editing makes the
movie, a treat to watch and ineffably unforgettable. Initially aimed to
be a tongue-in-cheek satire on run-of-the-mill westerns, The Good, the
Bad and the Ugly, continues to stand the test of time in its endeavor
to attain apotheosis (if it hasn't attained it yet). It will always be
remembered as European cinema's greatest lagniappe, not only to the
Western genre, but to the world of cinema.
It's a must watch for any movie lover. 10/10
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