The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Sergio Leone (1966)

174min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The concluding part of Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy is not only the most graphic of the three, but also surpasses the compassion and dark humour of its predecessors. There's nothing particularly new about a plotline involving buried treasure. But that's partly the point, as Leone is paying homage to the Hollywood western while revising its cherished traditions. Moreover, the story's deceptive simplicity allows Leone to interweave strands of communal and individual drama, which he throws into shocking relief against the bloody futility of the American Civil War. The genre had never witnessed such stylised violence, yet, while Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach unflinchingly accept it, Clint Eastwood can still spare some humanity for a dying soldier. Superbly scored by Ennio Morricone, this proved to be the benchmark for spaghetti westerns until Leone outdid himself with Once upon a Time in the West (1968).

Summary

A laconic gunslinger, a ruthless hired killer and a conniving outlaw hunt for a cache of loot during the chaos of the American Civil War. However, each is privy to only part of the information necessary to find it, setting in motion a series of deadly betrayals. The third film in Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western trilogy, starring Clint Eastwood as the Man with No Name, with Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach. With a soundtrack by Ennio Morricone.

Cast & Crew

Blondie Clint Eastwood
Angel Eyes Lee Van Cleef
Tuco Benedito Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez Eli Wallach
Maria Rada Rassimov
Wallace Mario Brega
Padre Ramirez Luigi Pistilli
Baker Livio Lorenzon
Union Captain Aldo Giuffre
Director Sergio Leone
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusGuidance: Edited for some of its violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Aug 2008
Drama