The Good, the Bad and the Ugly  (1966)

IMDB Rating 9.0/10  161 min - Rated 15 Western | Drama

Stars:            Clint Eastwood,  Eli Wallach,  Lee Van Cleef     Director:      Sergio Leone

Blondie (Eastwood) and Tuco (Wallach) operate a racket whereby Blondie captures Tuco, gets a reward, then rescues him from the rope at the last minute. But they keep doublecrossing each other in the dangerous game. Along comes cold-blooded Setenza (Van Cleef) who thinks nothing of shooting a man's face through a pillow. He's after a box containing $200,000 of stolen money. This leads the three of them to a cemetary where it's buried, and a showdown.  When you have to shoot, don't talk, shoot,' seemed to be the philosophy behind the film. The concluding part of the Dollars trilogy (after A Fistful of Dollars and A Few Dollars More) is more violent but it also has more depth and dark humour. Despite the title none of the characters is good, all were monosyllabic, bad and ugly, except Clint 'Golden-haired Angel' Eastwood who is monosyllabic, bad and handsome. The film has an amoral mythic grandeur along its bloody way to the gripping climax, the mother of all showdowns. Sergio Leone swings his camera around 180 degrees as the tricky trio face each other with long, lingering looks, while Ennio Morricone's pulsating music adds to the drama.


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