The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

One of the monumental achievements in narrative filmmaking, Sergio Leone’s grandiose 1966 western epic is nothing less than a masterclass in movie storytelling, a dynamic testament to the sheer, invigorating uniqueness of cinema.

Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef are their usual taciturn selves as rival gunslingers pursuing a cache of lost gold. So it’s left to Eli Wallach’s Tuco to steal the show, the archetypal pitiable, self-deluded villain, the rotten heart of Leone’s colossal canvas.

It’s hard to name another film with so many iconic, indelible sequences: Tuco following a trail of half-smoked cigars; the unmanned stagecoach thundering through the desert; the operatic Mexican standoff in the graveyard, as Ennio Morricone’s peerless score mounts over five nailbiting, wordless minutes. But what impresses most is the intimacy of Leone’s vision, sketching a vast array of ruthless characters with broad but subtle visual strokes, never losing sight of the humanity amidst the carnage.

By: Tom Huddleston


Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday August 1 2008
Duration: 180 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sergio Leone
Screenwriter: Age, Scarpelli, Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone
Cast: Clint Eastwood
Eli Wallach
Lee Van Cleef
Aldo Giuffrè
Mario Brega
Luigi Pistilli

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I recorded this years ago and loved it. Until my three hour tape ended and I missed the last 20 minutes. Still don't know what happens...

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The third in the series, but an absolute classic of the genre. The setting, the score and the acting are all magnificent.

Surely the mark of a classic film is that you can watch it 50 times and still find it entertaining. Ethereal in its depiction of the west, in a way that most American westerns are not. Beautifully shot and the music was and always will be PERFECT!