THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
SERGIO LEONE | ITALY, SPAIN, WEST GERMANY | 1966 | 178 MIN | R | ITALIAN
The final installment of Sergio Leone’s THE MAN WITH NO NAME trilogy ends with a bang, and maybe a Mexican standoff or two, in THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY and is responsible for catapulting its lead Clint Eastwood into super stardom. Once again utilizing Eastwood’s patented knack for disgruntled, scruffy anti-heroes and a transformative Ennio Morricone original score, Leone crafts an epic, tension-filled western against the backdrop of the American Civil War. The 1966 film finds Eastwood’s “Blondie” teaming with the bumbling Tuco (Eli Wallach) in a bounty hunting reward scheme that leaves the bickering pair constantly at each other’s throats. One con job gone awry leads them to learning the secret location of $200,000 in buried Confederate gold and becoming targets for the mysterious killer “Angel Eyes” (Lee Van Cleef). As their paths intertwine over showdowns and thrilling escapes, Leone continuously paints a wild United States frontier with dozens of scenes that continue to permeate our culture and influence filmmakers today.
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè
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