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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (original title)
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A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

Director:

Sergio Leone

Writers:

Luciano Vincenzoni (story), Sergio Leone (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eli Wallach ... Tuco
Clint Eastwood ... Blondie
Lee Van Cleef ... Sentenza / Angel Eyes
Aldo Giuffrè ... Alcoholic Union Captain (as Aldo Giuffre')
Luigi Pistilli ... Father Pablo Ramirez
Rada Rassimov ... Maria
Enzo Petito Enzo Petito ... Storekeeper
Claudio Scarchilli Claudio Scarchilli ... Mexican Peon
John Bartha John Bartha ... Sheriff (as John Bartho)
Livio Lorenzon Livio Lorenzon ... Baker
Antonio Casale ... Jackson / Bill Carson
Sandro Scarchilli Sandro Scarchilli ... Mexican Peon
Benito Stefanelli Benito Stefanelli ... Member of Angel Eyes' Gang
Angelo Novi Angelo Novi ... Monk
Antonio Casas ... Stevens
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Storyline

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 Jeremy Thomson

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They formed an alliance of hate to steal a fortune in dead man's gold See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy | Spain | West Germany

Language:

Italian | English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Good, the Ugly, the Bad See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,100,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (dubbed) | (2003 extended English) | (1968) (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital (2003 Extended English version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Watch close in the "Truel" scene where Lee Van Cleef is slowly moving his hand towards his pistol. The tip of his third finger is missing. See more »

Goofs

After Blondie tells Angel Eyes of six being a perfect number because it is the number of bullets his revolver can carry, the latter gives off a laugh that audibly belongs to neither Lee Van Cleef nor Simon Prescott (Van Cleef's voice-over actor in the extended version of the film). The laugh belongs to Angel Eye's voice actor in the Italian version, Emilio Cigoli, so the presence of his laugh in the English version is a dubbing error in the extended English-language version. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stevens: You're... from Baker?
[Angel Eyes is silent, eating a bowl of stew and staring at him]
Stevens: 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]
Stevens: 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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Alternate Versions

The versions of this film can be summarized as follows:
  • The full Italian version runs about 174m.
  • The "International Export"/ Original U.S. theatrical version supervised by Leone runs 161m - this is the version available on VHS, laserdisc and DVD in the UK and USA. The other 14m were never dubbed into English - these additional sequences appear as extras on both the UK and USA DVD releases and the last laserdisc release.
  • In the UK the theatrical release was cut by the BBFC and ran to a similar run time of 161m due to distributor cuts and censorship cuts - the main distributor cut was the removal of the entire scene with Eli Wallach in the gun shop; the censors hacked about 2m out of the scene when Wallach is tortured by Mario Brega in the prison. It is believed the 1986 UK VHS contains this BBFC cut since later videos from 1999 are slightly longer (c. 1 minute). UK videos and DVDs released from 1999 are uncut and run 161m (156m PAL running time). Various other scenes may have been filmed but excised by Leone before release. One of the laserdisc releases contains a still on the inside cover of Eastwood in bed with a woman that has never appeared in any version of the film.
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The Good, the Better, the Best
19 February 2009 | by murtaza_mmaSee all my reviews

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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