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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

  • Drama
  • 1966
  • Sergio Leone
  • 174 mins
  • 18

Summary

Classic spaghetti western starring Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef. Against a background of the American Civil War, a quiet drifter, a Mexican outlaw and a sadist search for hidden treasure.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

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).

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Credits

Cast

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"Joe" / "Blondie"Clint Eastwood
TucoEli Wallach
Setenza / "Angel Eyes"Lee Van Cleef
Northern officerAldo Giuffre
WallaceMario Brega
Padre RamirezLuigi Pistilli
Maria, the prostituteRada Rassimov
BakerLivio Lorenzon
TBCChelo Alonso
TBCEnzo Petito
TBCClaudio Scarchilli
TBCAntonio Casale
TBCSandro Scarchilli
TBCBenito Stefanelli
TBCAngelo Novi
TBCSilvana Bacci
TBCAntonio Casas
TBCAldo Sambrell

Crew

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DirectorSergio Leone

Details

Theatrical distributor
Park Circus
Released on
2008-08-01
Guidance
Edited for some of its violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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