An anonymous, but deadly man rides into a town torn by war between two factions, the Baxters and the Rojos. Instead of fleeing or dying, as most others would do, the man schemes to play the two sides off against each other, getting rich in the bargain.Written by
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The actress who played the role of Marisol was German born Marianne Koch, who interrupted her medical studies to enter acting in 1950. In 1971, she quit acting to resume these studies, becoming a doctor in 1974. Her medical career in Germany as a specialist lasted until 1997. Simultaneously, she hosted a very successful television talk show named "3nach9" (Three After Nine), earning a "Grimme-Preis", considered to be the German equivalent of the Emmy. As of at least 2014, she hosted medical advice programs on German radio. See more »
When Joe is target practicing at the party, and Ramon starts shooting a Winchester rifle at a suit of armor, you can clearly see holes pre-punched out into the armor. See more »
Juan De Dios:
You'll get rich here, or you'll be killed. Juan De Dios tolls the bell again.
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The original British theatrical release had about 4 minutes cut by the BBFC. Many closeup shots of bloodied faces and bodies (including the body of Chico) were removed, as well as a shot of Ramon dripping blood from his mouth. The main cuts however were to the beating up of Eastwood, which lost a hand stomping scene, and extensive cuts to the assault on the Baxters house which was cut to shorten the overall sequence by removing all shots of men on fire and the shooting of Consuela Baxter (the cut version removes the shot of her falling backwards). The 1999 MGM video and DVD releases are fully uncut and the same as the USA DVD release. See more »
A classic. The first, or one of the first, films to introduce the concept of the Western antihero. Sergio Leone pioneered a lot of things here. The brightness, the oppressive sunlight. The ugly brutality of Western gunfights, that had always been cleaned up in Hollywood. I understand that Leone's occasional framing of the shooter and his victims in the same shot was not allowed at the time in American films. I thought, upon seeing this film years ago, that some characters (Eastwood) spoke in English, and other characters in Italian. Who knows, maybe some spoke Spanish or German. Must make for an interesting acting job. I rarely notice a movie's music, but the original score by Ennio Morricone was so fitting. Probably the best match of film and music up to that time, and only bested by Hugh Montenegro(?) in "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly". A very good movie. Grade: A
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