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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.

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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 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

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

Film director Alex Cox suggests that the cemetery-buried gold hunted by the protagonists may have been inspired by rumours surrounding the anti-Communist Gladio terrorists, who hid many of their 138 weapons caches in cemeteries. See more »

Goofs

The battle-scenes show at least two Gatling guns, forerunner to the machine gun. The Gatling gun was patented in Feb 1862 but did not see action until mid-1864 while the movie takes place early 1862. The Gatling gun first saw action in Virginia during the Petersburg siege of June 1864. The Gatling gun was not formally introduced into the U.S Army until 1866. 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 additional 14min in the original version (Italian release, then DVD bonuses) are only transitions scenes, heavily depicting the gloomy war background.
  • The first additional scene (the longest) comes right after Tuco failed to hang Blondie. Sentenza tracks Bill Carson and investigates among derelict confederate soldiers. He learns that the 3rd regiment has flown through the desert "which is not much better than the Union prison." [DAY]
  • After the scene in the desert where Bill Carson shares his secret, Tuco, steering the carriage in a gray uniform, asks a group of Confederate soldiers where he can find a doctor for Blondie. He says he is Bill Carson then learns that the San Antonio mission is just a few miles away. [NIGHT]
  • While Tuco enjoys his railroad trip (with Corporal Wallace), Sentenza and Blondie are on their way to the cemetery. They stopped for the night by a river. Strangers show up, Blondie shots one and then learn they're Sentenza's henchmen. There are 5 new comrades plus Sentenza. Blondie: "6 - the perfect number." Sentenza: "I thought 3 was the perfect number." Blondie: "Yes, but in my gun there's room for 6 bullets."
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A Cinematic Masterpiece - And Also The Most Entertaining Western Of All Time
11 February 2018 | by gogoschka-1See all my reviews

I'll keep this brief: This is simply one of the most entertaining and best looking westerns ever. Director Sergio Leone's unique use of the camera - long, uninterrupted shots in wide angle alternating with extreme close-ups - and Ennio Morricone's unique, wildly inventive soundtrack are blended to perfection. The career-making performances by Eli Wallach (hilarious), Lee Van Cleef (chilling) and Clint Eastwood (cool) are nothing short of iconic, and the film's finale is so good it will send shivers of cinematic joy down your spine. It's a movie of epic proportions; it's funny and violent, but underneath it all there is a strong anti-war message. It's a cinematic masterpiece and one of the most influential movies of all time. Oh, and it's also tons of fun, and you should see it on the biggest screen possible. 10 stars out of 10.

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