The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is often regarded as one of the greatest Westerns ever made. It’s definitely the best Spaghetti Western that I’ve seen, and I’ve seen the movie twice. Not realizing the first time that it was part of a franchise. Despite the lack of “Dollars” in the title, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is actually the third installment in the Dollars Trilogy. A series of Westerns that were never meant to be connected. Even though Clint Eastwood’s “The Man with No Name” has unmistakable characteristics like barely speaking, quick fire precision, and cigar chewing.
He goes by Blondie in this one (due to his blonde hair). The reason he doesn’t wear his trademark pancho until the very end is because this is apparently a prequel. Since the Civil War is depicted. The title refers to three individuals who are all searching for $200,000 worth of gold buried in a cemetery. Honorable bounty hunter Blondie represents the good. Ruthless mercenary Angel Eyes (also played by Lee Van Cleef) represents the bad. And slimey outlaw Tuco represents the ugly. He’s not Mexican, but Eli Wallach does get a lot of the best lines.
After a rough partnership finds Blondie and Tuco apart, together, and blowing up a bridge, it ultimately ends in the cemetery. Where Angel Eyes engages in a tense three-way Mexican standoff. Sergio Leone’s camera work is on perfect display here. With Ennio Morricone’s iconic score in the background. Now there’s two kinds of movie reviewers: those who love cowboy movies and those who don’t. I happen to love them, to a certain extent. While it is overly long (nearly 3 hours), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is still a Western to strive for.
Preceded by: For a Few Dollars More