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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

DVD - 1998
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
During the American Civil War, three men seek hidden loot. With greed as their sole motivation, they overcome anything that gets in their way--including each other. Very violent and drawn out western.

Publisher: Culver City, CA : MGM/UA Home Video, c1998.
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 079283805X
Branch Call Number: PN1997 .B86 1998
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (176 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Aug 04, 2014
  • 4book1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you like cheese with your spaghetti you'll enjoy "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" All the protagonists are crack shots and have astounding recuprative powers.

Jul 28, 2014
  • mswrite rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nearly 50 years old and it still retains its power. Eastwood gives possibly the best of his enigmatic western anti-hero performances here. (The exception may be his damaged "Unforgiven" gunfighter a quarter century or so later; in fact the two films bookend Eastwood's amazing cowboy career).
Clint Eastwood, as surely everyone knows by now, is the determined and resourceful "Good" of the title; he is partnered memorably by the "Bad," veteran actor Lee Van Cleef, playing an implacable gunman who watches, plots, and observes everything with a kind of dark amusement right up to the end, and the "Ugly," the great character actor Eli Wallach, here a more desperate and panicked version of the desperado leader he played in "The Magnificent Seven" six or seven years earlier.
The extraordinary close-ups, violent action, and stunning long shot vistas revolutionized the American western film (reportedly much to the dismay of fellow icon John Wayne, who once wrote Eastwood an angry letter), and as others have noted here Ennio Morricone's operatic score is as essential a part of this film as Eastwood himself.
Denigrated and dismissed by many critics upon its original release, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" is now an acknowledged masterpiece and art house classic. To get the full effect, try if you can to see this film on a big screen in a movie theater like The Music Box or at least on as wide a television screen as possible. Watch for the dizzying, thrilling camera work at the end as the half-crazed Tuco (Wallach) dashes through a cemetery at increasing speed, back and forth, back and forth as he searches desperately for a gravestone marked "Arch Stanton" while Morricone's majestic music ("The Ecstasy of Gold") towers and swells, urging him on.

Mar 14, 2014
  • dafydd rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Awesome movie, with the best soundtrack I've ever heard. Fantastic final scene.

Dec 30, 2013
  • Aplares rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is probably my favorite movie of all time. Classic Eastwood!

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The quintessential Spaghetti Western from the master, Sergio Leone. His stylized vision singularly and effectively revitalized the genre. This is one rare example where the third film in a 'threequel' surpasses the first two. From his dramatic closeups, to the unmistakeable score from maestro Ennio Morricone, to the cast... Hawk-nosed Lee Van Cleef as 'Angel Eyes' was one nasty looking dude. Clint's ('Blondie'? His hair was brown...) career exploded immediately after AND because of this flick. And you can't disregard Eli Wallach's slimy, sniveling 'Tuco' for comic relief. (It took tremendous b*lls on his part to pull off the train/handcuff removal scene.) A monumental film. Don't forget the meatballs and chianti with that spaghetti. FIVE STARS.

Mar 01, 2012
  • aaa5756 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Truly a really great movie. A must see for all. A++ DVD

Sep 15, 2011
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ugly is really ugly.

Jun 04, 2010
  • The_Bill rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

@VinTek: well, actually THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY is the third movie in THE MAN WITH NO NAME trilogy, so Clint was in at least two other Westerns first. One interesting thing about the first movie, FOR A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, is that it is basically a remake of YOJIMBO, a Kurosawa film about a samurai who fights a rifle-armed villain. If you watch FISTFUL, it's style is super Japanese. This sort of got phased out by GOOD BAD UGLY, but It's cool to see a Japanese story interpreted by an Italian director, with one American actor.

Totally agree on how awesome this movie is, though. Sooo awesome. Big influence on George Lucas, Stephen King, etc. The landscape is beautiful, the guns are thunderous, the men are hard and vicious. A must-see.

Dec 30, 2009
  • VinTeK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

THE classic spaghetti western that led the way to Clint Eastwood's career.

Perhaps one of Leone's best films.

May 12, 2009
  • joseph rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Must See - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) 166 min. Probably THE best western ever made. This Sergio Leono masterpiece is the 3rd of 5 "spaghetti westerns" directed by Leone. The film follows A Fist Full of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965). Then followed by Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) and A Fist Full of Dynamite (1971). The chemistry between the cast including Clint Eastwood (the good), Lee Van Cleef (the bad) and Eli Wallach (the ugly) is perfect. Eli Wallach's great line "When you have to shoot - shoot, don't talk" is in this one. The score by Ennio Morricone is incredible. Borrow this one; it's a "must see".

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Jul 23, 2014
  • tgwilliams rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"There are two kinds of people in the world, my friend! Ones with loaded guns and ones who dig ... you dig!

Jun 20, 2013
  • tgwilliams rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

tsk tsk such ingratitude after all the times I've saved your life

Mar 29, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Blondie (to Tuco): “You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.”

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tuco (after shooting a talkative one armed assassin from his bathtub): "When you have to shoot, shoot! Don't talk."


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