The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (1966)
|Tagline:||For three men the civil war wasn't hell. It was practise!|
|Genres:||Adventure | Epic | Western|
|Released:||23 December 1966 (Italy)|
- Yes, it's not strictly from the 'Golden-Era', but on compiling our list of greatest westerns, we just couldn't leave this out!
- It's the definitive spaghetti western masterpiece from Sergio Leone (who founded the entire genre himself). The final and greatest of the Fistful Trilogy, and one of the greatest films (across any genres) of all time.
- A trailer that needs to feature no character dialogue, just a little naration ... and enough to give you goosebumps about the awesomeness of this film.
- All three lead actors, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach, are brilliant with probably career defining roles in this very movie.
- One of the greatest and most recognisable movie scores from the Italian master: Ennio Morricone.
- The 3-way "Dance Of Death" is one of the greatest movie scenes of all-time. Fact.
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, written by Age Scarpelli, Luciano Vincenzoni and Sergio Leone is the third and last western in Clint Eastwood's spaghetti trilogy. Director Sergio Leone substitutes for the upright puritan Protestant ethos, so familiar in Hollywood westerns, a seedy cynical standpoint towards death and mortality, as a team of brutal bandits battle to unearth a fortune buried beneath an unmarked grave. Joining Clint, clearly "The Good", is the irredeemably "Bad" Lee Van Cleef and the resolutely "Ugly" Eli Wallach. The complete plot of bloodshed and betrayal winds its way through the American Civil War, filmed to resemble the French battlefields of World War One, to end in the climatic Dance Of Death. Arguably the quintessential Italian Western, this 1966 film boasts a fine Ennio Morricone score featuring a main theme that reached No. 1 in the world's pop charts.
You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.
Tuco:But if you miss you had better miss very well. Whoever double-crosses me and leaves me alive, he understands nothing about Tuco. Nothing!
[Chuckles, bites cigar]
Tuco:Hurrah! Hurrah for the Confederacy! HURRAH! Down with General Grant! Hurrah for General... What's his name? Lee! LEE! Ha ha. God is with us because he hates the Yanks too. HURRAH![spits] God is not on our side because he hates idiots also.
[the commander of the cavalry patrol they've met reveals his blue uniform]
Two hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money. We're gonna have to earn it.