The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 epic Spaghetti Western film, an international co-production between Italy, Spain, West Germany and the United States.
The film is known for Leone’s use of long shots and close-up cinematography, as well as his distinctive use of violence, tension, and stylistic gunfights. The plot revolves around three gunslingers competing to find fortune in a buried cache of Confederate gold amid the violent chaos of the American Civil War (specifically the New Mexico Campaign in 1862), while participating in many battles and duels along the way. The film was the third collaboration between director Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood, and the second with Lee Van Cleef.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was marketed as the third and final instalment in the Dollars Trilogy, following A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More. The film was a financial success, grossing over $25 million at the box office, and is credited with catapulting Eastwood into stardom. Due to general disapproval of the Spaghetti Western genre at the time, critical reception of the film following its release was mixed, but it gained critical acclaim in later years. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is now seen as one of the greatest and most influential Western movies.
First…”A Fistful of Dollars” Then…”For a Few Dollars More”
THIS TIME THE JACKPOT’S A COOL $200,000
…Five of the West’s fastest guns say come and get it!
Three different men of three different tempers and tastes get involved in a long and full-of-adventure battle in order to find a fortune in gold. While the first man who is an ex-bounty hunter and a forgiving person knows the name of the cemetery which the gold is buried in, the second who is a fast-tempered greedy man knows the name on the grave. But the third person, a cruel cold-blooded murderer, knows none; so he has to reach the gold in his own way of finding something. [IMDb]
Notable cast & crew
- Clint Eastwood, “Blondie” (aka The Man With No Name), The Good
- Eli Wallach, “Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez” (aka “The Rat” according to Blondie), The Ugly
- Lee Van Cleef, “Angel Eyes”, The Bad
- Sergio Leone, director, co-writer
- Ennio Morricone, music
Originally released December 29, 1967, it was re-released onto CD October 25, 1990. The enhance and extended score provided below was released in 2004.
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