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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Greatest Western of all time

Author: Lucas Ellis from Winter Springs
25 July 2005

Clint Eastwood stars as the man without a name again in this western about three gunslingers who all end up looking for the same treasure of 200,000 in gold.

The movie is the western of all westerns. Clint Eastwood's first major role is in this movie. Sergio Leone does a great job and leaves his legacy with this movie. The close ups are amazing. Facial expressions are very key to this movie which has very little dialogue at times. The music is awesome. You know the tune...du du du, wa wa wa wa.Overall, it is the greatest western of all time.

I highly recommend this western.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Seen 100+ times and never grows old

Author: jameslipski from United States
17 August 2012

What can I say about this magnificent epic film that hasn't already been written or spoken? Saw this first as a teenager in the 1970s and was glued to the TV along with my two brothers. Great story, acting, scenery, and the score is fantastic. Clint Eastwood plays the Man with No Name who along with Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach hunt for a stolen cash box filled with gold coins buried in a cemetery during the American Civil War. They each know only one part of where the gold is buried so they have to keep each other alive despite the fact they want to kill each other. This 3 hour movie moves along gracefully and never gets boring. The final cemetery scene and standoff between the three main characters is riveting. Once again the score is unforgettable. Yes I have seen this film over 100 times and love every minute of it. Not only a great western but one of the best films ever made!!

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:


Author: John Doe from Germany
25 July 2012

To keep it short, it's simply the best western and probably the best film ever made.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is an absolute masterpiece. It's got great directing, great actors, great music, great action, great lines. Everything about this piece of art is great and the film is so damn cool, it's just incredible. I don't know how to describe how magically The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is. The storyline is simple but brilliant and the characters are fascinating. The scenery is meditative and the music mesmerizing, the action and violence are brutal but realistic. Everything fits. Well, the film is long but that doesn't matter, time just flies by.

Enough said, go rent or buy this wonderful flick, you won't regret it.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

A Masterpiece: A Gem in the Western Film Genre

Author: TheMaster1378 from Australia
23 July 2012

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Wow. Just Wow. One of, if not, the best western film that has ever made its way onto our screens. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is an absolute classic, a film with a lengthy running time that just flies by and brutality that evidently makes you smile. Sergio Leone has created many films like 'Once upon a time in the west' and 'Once upon a time in America' (coincidentally) and both of these films (as well as his other spaghetti westerns) are crowned as Masterpieces, fantastic films. His films have also been labelled as the inspirations for other famous directors, including Quentin Tarantino.

Clint Eastwood is the Good, the coolest character in this film. Slow, dry, casual, perfect. Having this as one of his earliest performances has really set him up for a great career, starring in westerns including 'The Outley Joesy Wales', 'Unforgiven' and also directing Oscar-nominated films like 'Mystic River' and 'Million Dollar Baby'. His portrayal of Blondie, the heroic gun-slinger is memorable, brutal and absolutely awesome.

Lee Van Cleef the Bad, evil, cold, difficult to like and he portrays this character so well. Van Cleef isn't a widely known name, and to be honest, 'The Good, The Bad and the Ugly' is all I know him from, but he seems to be a damn good actor from this menacing performance.

Eli Wallach is the Ugly, an 'Ugly' character fuelled with greed. He is what makes this film what it is, without Wallach's character, it would just be a film featuring a protagonist facing off against his enemy. Now with the addition of the 'ugly' character with the 'Good' and the 'Bad', we have a third soul to mess with one that taunts the others creates additional problems, the perfect movie catalyst. Eli Wallach has gone on to feature in small roles in films such as 'Mysticd River' and 'The Godfather Part III' but nothing will compare to his role in 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'.

Ennio Morricone is an absolute musical god. His soundtrack is haunting, amazing, brilliant, triumphant and is a musical milestone which provides such depth to an already great film. His score just hits the spot in many scenes including, the graveyard scene, the shootout, the opening credits and there are way too many other scenes! The Music and audio really holds a film together and 'The Good, The bad and the Ugly' is held together perfectly. The Editing, the mixing, the acting, the music... brilliant.

Many would complain that 'The Good, The Bad and the Ugly' is to long and/or to slow. It is the perfect pace for a western film! It builds tension, it captures expressions and moments, it taunts the characters, as well as the audience. The running time flies by leaving you wanting more wanting the credits not to role! <10 out 10> A Masterpiece: A Gem in the Western Film Genre

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

The Ecstasy of Music is far higher than the ecstasy of gold

Author: Gross Ryder ( from
22 July 2012

This movie is not only sheer entertainment, it has the most profound music in the number 'ecstasy of gold' by Ennio Morricone. Although there is no comparison in the quality of one musical piece with another, but I would rate 'ecstasy of gold' as the best orchestral piece ever - simply a masterpiece from Morricone, who has produced the best music for western genre films. The theme music is also superb.

The mood of the film transports you to that time and world and gives a feeling of that time and places were everyone was desperate, adventurous, daring, even reckless for the most coveted thing - gold. It has been called the yellow fever - a state in which people were willing to die or commit massacres for gold.

This is the theme, and although it is a sad and haunting picture of man turning into wild beast - more savage than the so called savages, the action, the plot and the acting turns it into an ecstasy. Not to be missed.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Leone's Civil War Epic with Clint Eastwood

Author: zardoz-13 from United States
24 August 2010

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Italian-born film director Sergio Leone completed his western trilogy with Clint Eastwood in what constituted a prequel to the "Dollars" movies. "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" qualifies as a sprawling tale of greed about three men and their tenacious search for a Confederate strong box containing $200-thousand dollars in gold coins. This memorable United Artists continued a trend in Leone's filmmaking. He kept making films that were bigger and bigger. Eventually, he would make an even bigger western than "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" entitled "Once Upon a Time in the West." Previously, Leone's first oater "Fistful of Dollars" had been produced on a shoestring budget and shared sets with another Continental western lensed in Spain. When Leone produced "For Few Dollars More," he imported a second American actor, veteran heavy Lee Van Cleef, and commissioned art director Carlo Simi to construct an entire western town in Almeria, Spain. Reportedly, the El Paso town set cost more than the budget for "Fistful of Dollars." Meanwhile, Van Cleef reunited with Leone and Eastwood for "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," and Leone imported yet another American actor. Eli Wallach, who had played the bandit chieftain in John Sturges' classic "The Magnificent Seven," signed on as the third American actor. Essentially, Leone cast Eastwood again as a bounty hunter designated as "The Good" and called him 'Blondie," while Van Cleef played "the Bad," and Wallach appeared as "the Ugly." "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" became Leone's most expensive western to date and he set the action against the American Civil War. Naturally, all three eponymous characters are a little larger than life themselves. The relationship between the Eastwood as well as the Van Cleef character changed drastically because Van Cleef was not playing Colonel Douglas Mortimer. Ironically, Van Cleef's character was named 'Angel Eyes,' and he made his living as a man who hunts down other men and kills them for a price. No, "the Bad" isn't a bounty hunter. Meantime, "the Good" brings in a slimy, profane Mexican bandit named Tuco. He collects the reward on Tuco's head, and later shoots the noose from around Tuco's neck, so the slippery Mexican can escape. Later, Blondie and Tuco split the money. This relationship comes to an end because Blondie doesn't think that Tuco will be worth more than $3-thousand. Clocking in at 180 minutes, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" bristles with shoot-outs. Live is cheap in the world of the Italian western and the horses outnumber the corpses. Money means everything. The three protagonists refuse to let a national catastrophe like the Civil War interfere with their plans to find the cashbox. Eventually, they do and confront each other in a massive graveyard to shoot it out. Anybody who considers himself or herself a connoisseur of Spaghetti westerns must watch "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." This savage western made quite an impression on audiences when it was released and Grammy Award-winning composer Ennio Morricone's orchestral soundtrack emerged as a hit on American music charts.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

More good and beautiful than bad and ugly...but some of all four!

Author: secondtake from United States
21 May 2010

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (1966)

A classic? Well, not so fast. Are we really okay with brutal (if brief) mistreatment of women, fast and senseless bloodshed, and lots of bad overdubbing of dialog?


Yes, this is a cinematic movie, and if you can overlook its flaws (some) you will be wowed and dazzled by its merits (very many).

Overflowing with archetypes, filmed with huge widescreen effect, brimming with familiar scenes vividly re-imagined, this is a movie that is dramatic (or ironic) in softspoken (or cynical) ways. There are gunslinging shootouts, long lonesome treks across the desert, and showdowns between tough guys. Yup. And it's all built around a story that leads scene after scene to one big moment after another. There's no question this is a movie that is great fun to watch. In fact, for its visuals, the sheer cinematography and sets and editing, this is as good as it gets, amazing stuff. The man behind that was Tonino Delli Colli, the cinematographer for some other of director Sergio Leone's legendary movies beyond this one: Once Upon a Time in the West, and Once Upon a Time in America (and well as the astonishing Life is Beautiful.) But overall, for its content, its plot, its message (if that matters), is TGTBTU a great film, a masterpiece?

Well, the movie is smart. It deliberately plays off of its genre, which had worn itself thin by the 1960s, so things push over the top in a campy, awesome, excessive way. It almost feels obliged to revisit and exaggerate all the themes of American Westerns, including the Civil War, including slapping women around and killing people in a flurry of fast six-shooter magic. Even the title makes clear this is about a stripped down, pumped up version of older classics.

Whatever his aura over time, Clint Eastwood is no great actor, not in my book, and here he is easily out shined by Eli Wallach, who plays a less attractive type, and by Lee Van Cleef, who plays a more attractive one. But Eastwood isn't meant to be acting, not exactly. He has aura. He's stoic and inscrutable, exaggerated make-up and all, and he shoots a mean Colt, or Smith and Wesson, something classy and throbbing. He's a great archetype, in a movie that is about archetypes. It's not a "realistic" movie, of course, not at all, and it's actually a comedy at times, overall, and it's totally fun and never laughable.

Go ahead, compare it to The Wild Bunch, and then to Butch Cassidy, both coming just after this one (and no doubt influenced by it). Both of these later movies have more impressive acting, and more intense intentions (both in brutal violence and in cinematic innovation). But all three have a similar effect, playing within a genre that has always, since the 1939 Stagecoach, been beautifully trapped by its limitations (that's part of its staying power for fans). The Searchers (1956) and High Noon (1952), for starters, are working within the genre, and gnawing at it, as if its something to feed off of. That's where The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly really shines. I have trouble with aspects of it, but I really like it in a bigger sense, looking the other way as needed. I switch to first person because I think it's a personal preference, and a lot of guys I know love the movie to pieces, and a couple women I know think it's either stupid or insulting or boring (actually boring!).

It's an Italian production, which explains some of the out of sync dubbing. Sergio Leone obviously has an intuitive sense of what makes a movie moving, something sorely missed in a lot of productions since. It's gritty, dirty, and it pounds "profound" hard in a male kind of "toughness prevails" way. Sorry guys, but bite that bullet. Oh, and the soundtrack? Amazing, perfect, and rising above the movie, which is great in its own way, I admit.

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In my opinion the best Western ever made, and also among the best films ever made.

Author: Joshua Warren from Norway
24 October 2009

I'm glad I finally got down to seeing this film, I think everyone have heard about it, and everyone have definitely heard it's iconic theme music. The movie is three hour long (each move seem to increase with one hour) but that just makes it a movie with three hours of pure genius Western entertainment. Clint Eastwood as Blondie or "the man with no name" is as brilliant and bad-ass as ever, and even earn the title as "the good". lee Van Cleef returns with a new role (not the same role as in "for a few dollars more" as the well named "the bad" or "angel eyes". And Eli Wallach as Tuco "the ugly" a more humorous addition to the series, but also earn the title as he is neither good, nor bad. Greedy and a coward is a better description.

Once again it's all about money, this time 200 000 dollars, a lot of money back then. I won't spoil much, the money is buried in a grave, and only Tuco knows which cemetery, and only Blondie knows which grave. And "Angel eyes" are never far behind them.

This movie is a masterpiece of it's time, the acting is great, Sergio Leone deserves a lot of credit for this film, and the theme music is unforgettable. Plus they finally improved the dubbing which was a little unsynced in the two previous films. Also it portrayed a very realistic image of the American Civil War without taking any particular side in the conflict. then again the main character doesn't exactly care much for the war, they're just after the gold. Then still it's nice to see Blondie show his sympathy for those who fought and died in the war.

I really can't recommend this film enough, if you haven't seen any of the films in this trilogy, buy them immediately and watch all of them. If you have the films and have only seen the two first, well what are you waiting for! Don't do anything other than buy this film, it's a must see and must have film. I give this film (obviously) a 10/10.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

A Magnificent Film.

Author: JohnWelles from United Kingdom
27 February 2009

In my opinion, this is the greatest western ever made. It's better than "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "High Noon". It really is that good. All three of the main performances, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach are spot on.

Being the last of the so-called "Dollars Trilogy", you get a sense that director Sergio Leone wanted to out do his first two westerns ("A Fistful of Dollars" and "For a Few Dollars More") by having everything in it, the American Civil War, a Treasure Hunt, and the best climatic shoot-out of all time.

An interesting thing to note, is that it was the first Western Epic. Running out over three hours it was the longest Western of its time.

If you haven't seen "Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo" see it, if you have seen it, see it again now.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

The Best Of The Best

Author: marino-fosko from Croatia
11 February 2009

There really isn't much to say about this film.Three men,three guns, beautiful scenery, high tension, excitement...A work of art. You can almost feel you're there,trying to avoid bullets. This is Leone's final western from the trilogy, and clearly the best.Here, he showed all of his directorial techniques,the legendary close-ups,the 10-minutes-of-silence-and-tension scenes and similar. Ennio Morricone composed a truly remarkable soundtrack for this film,and,as a musician,I would say it perfectly fits in the whole story.Every character has its specific tune played with another instrument every time(Man With No Name-flute,Angel Eyes-organ,Tuco-human voice). Clint Eastwood shows us what we'll see from him in the future with his smooth talking, laconic speech, mean looks, and that ever persistent cigarillo in his mouth.Don't forget the legendary one-liners he is saying throughout the film such as- Man With No Name: You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig. I laugh every time I see it. Lee Van Cleef gives his best performance here.His little,piercing eyes make him ideal for this role. Eli Wallach is also perfect as Tuco, the nosy bandit who never stops talking and has a key role in the film. Finally,I think everybody should see this film, simply because of its greatness,magnificence and cinematic significance.It defines the word "cool"-and makes you wonder every time you see it.It holds 4th place on IMDb 250,it deserves it in every aspect,but for me,damn it,it's the best movie ever made.Seriously.

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