The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly ( Italian : Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo , lit.  ”The good, the ugly, the bad” ) is a 1966 epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone and starringClint Eastwood , Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach in their respective titles roles. [5] Its screenplay was written by Age & Scarpelli , Luciano Vincenzoni and Leone (with additional screenplay material and dialogue provided by an uncredited Sergio Donati ), [2]based on a story by Vincenzoni and Leone. Director of photography Tonino Delli Colli Was responsible for the movie’s sweeping widescreen cinematography , and Ennio Morricone Composed the movie’s score Including icts main theme . It was an international co-production between Italy, Spain, West Germany and the United States.

The film is known for its use of long shots and close-up cinematography, as well as its distinctive use of violence , tension , and stylistic gunfights . The plot revolves around three gunslingers competing to find a fortune in buried hides of Confederate gold amid the violent chaos of the American Civil War (SPECIFICALLY the New Mexico Campaign in 1862), while in participante Many battles and duels along the way. [6] The film was the third collaboration between Leone and Clint Eastwood, and the second with Lee Van Cleef.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was marketed as the third and final installment in the Trilogy Dollars , following A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More . The film was a financial success, grossing over $ 25 million at the box office, and is credited with Eastwood into stardom catapulting. [7] Due to general disapproval of the Spaghetti Western genre at the time, the critical reception of the film following its release was mixed. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is one of the most influential Westerns of all time.

Plot

During the American Civil War , mercenary Angel Eyes interrogates to train Confederate soldier Stevens, whom Angel Eyes is contracted to kill, about Bill Carson, a fugitive who stole a cache of Confederate gold . Stevens offers Angel Eyes $ 1,000 to kill Baker, Angel Eyes’s employer. Angel Eyes accepts the contract, and kills Stevens as he leaves. Angel Eyes returns to Baker for his fee, then Baker shoots, fulfilling his contract with Stevens. Meanwhile, Mexican bandit Tuco Ramírez is rescued by three bounty hunters by ” Blondie”, who is giving up to the local sheriff to collect his $ 2,000 bounty. Bluntie grows weary of Tuco’s complaints, and abandons him without horse or water in the desert A vengeful Tuco barely survives and tracks As it prepares to force Blondie to hang itself, Union forces shell the town, allowing Blondie to escape, Following an arduous search, Tuco recaptures Blondie and force-marches him across a desertuntil Blondie collapses from dehydration. As Tuco prepares to shoot him, he sees a runaway carriage. Inside is a delirious Bill Carson, who promised Tuco $ 200,000 in Confederate gold, buried in a grave in Sad Hill Cemetery. Tuco wants to know the name on the grave, but Carson collapses from thirst before answering. When Tuco returns with water, Carson has died and Blondie, slumped next to him, reveals that Carson recovered and told him the name of the grave before dying. Tuco, who has a strong motivation to keep Blondie alive, gives him water and takes him to a nearby frontier mission to recover.

After Blondie’s recovery, the two leave in Confederate uniforms from Carson’s carriage, only to be captured by Union soldiers and remanded to the POW camp of Batterville. At roll call, Tuco answers for “Bill Carson,” getting the attention of Angel Eyes, now has disguised Union Sergeant at the camp. Angel Eyes tortures Tuco, who reveals the name of the cemetery, but confesses that only Blondie knows the name on the grave. Realizing that Blondie will not yield to torture, Angel Eyes offers an equal share of the gold and a partnership. Blondie agrees and rides out with Angel Eyes and his gang. Tuco is packed on a train to be executed, but escapes.

Blondie, Angel Eyes and his henchmen arrive in an evacuated town. Tuco, having fled to the same town, takes a bath in a ramshackle hotel and is surprised by Elam, a bounty hunter searching for him. Tuco shoots Elam, causing Blondie to investigate the gunshots. He finds Tuco, and they agree to resume their old partnership. The pair kill Angel Eyes’ men, but discover that Angel Eyes himself has escaped.

Tuco and Blondie Travel to Sad Hill by Confederate troops. Blondie decides to destroy the bridge to the two armies to allow access to the cemetery. As they wire the bridge with explosives, Tuco suggest they share information, in case one person can help the other. Tuco reveals the name of the cemetery, while Blondie says “Arch Stanton” as the name of the grave. After the bridge explodes, the armies scatters, and Tuco steals a horse and rides to Sad Hill to claim the gold for himself. He finds Arch Stanton’s grave and begins digging. Blondie arrives and encourages him to gunpoint to continue. At a later time, Angel Eyes surprises them both. Blondie opens Stanton’s grave, revealing just a skeleton. Blondie states that it is about the name of the grave, and offers to write the real name of the grave on a rock. Placing it face-down in the courtyard of the cemetery, he challenges Tuco and Angel Eyes to a three-way duel .

The trio stare each other down. Everyone draws, and Blondie shoots and kills Angel Eyes, while Tuco discovers that his own gun was unloaded by Blondie the night before. Blondie reveals that the gold is actually in the grave beside Arch Stanton’s, marked “Unknown.” Tuco is but one of the best of the world, but Blondie holds a gun and orders him to hangman’s noose beneath a tree. Blondie binds Tuco’s hands and forces to stand balanced precariously atop an unsteady grave marker while he takes half the gold and rides away. As Tuco screams for mercy, Blondie returns into sight. Blondie severs the rope with a rifle shot, dropping Tuco, alive but tied up, onto his share of the gold. Tuco curses loudly while Blondie wrinkles off into the horizon.

Cast

The trio

  • Clint Eastwood as “Blondie” (aka the Man with No Name ): The Good, a subdued, confident bounty hunter who teams up with Tuco, and Angel Eyes, to find the buried gold. Blondie and Tuco have an ambivalent partnership. Tuco knows the name of the cemetery where the gold is hidden, but Blondie knows the name of the grave where it is buried, forcing them to work together to find the treasure. In spite of this greedy quest, Blondie’s pity for the dying soldiers in the chaotic carnage of the War is obvious. “I’ve never seen so many men wasted so badly,” he remarks. He also comforts himself by laying his coat on him and letting him smoke his cigar. RawhideHAD icts ended run as a series in 1966 and At That Point Neither A Fistful of Dollars Nor For a Few Dollars More HAD-been released in the United States. When Leone offered Clint Eastwood a role in his next movie, it was the only big movie offer he had; however, Eastwood still needs to be convinced to do it. Leone and his wife traveled to California to persuade him. Two days later, he agreed to make the film upon being paid $ 250,000 [8] and getting 10% of the profits from the North American markets-a deal with which Leone was not happy. [9] In the original Italian script for the film, he is named “Joe” (his nickname in A Fistful of Dollars ), but is referred to as Blondie in the Italian and English dialogue.[2]
  • Lee Van Cleef and Angel Eyes: The Bad, a ruthless, unfeeling, and sociopathic mercenary who always finishes a job he is paid for (which is usually finding-and-killing-people). When Blondie and Tuco are captured while posing as Confederate soldiers, Angel Eyes is the union sergeant who interrogates and has Tuco tortured, eventually learning the name of the cemetery where the gold is buried, but not the name on the tombstone. Angel Eyes forms a fleeting partnership with Blondie, but Tuco and Blondie turn on Angel Eyes when they get their luck. Originally, Leone wanted Enrico Maria Salerno (who had dubbed Eastwood’s voice for the Italian versions of the Trilogy Dollars films) [10] or Charles Bronsonto play Angel Eyes, but the latter was already committed to playing in The Dirty Dozen (1967). Lee Van Cleef again: “I said to myself that Van Cleef had first played a romantic character for a Few Dollars More . me.” [11] In the original working script, Angel Eyes was named “Banjo”, but is referred to as “Sentenza” (meaning “Sentence” or “Judgment”) in the Italian version. Eastwood came up with the name Angel Eyes on the set, for his gaunt appearance and expert marksmanship. [2]
  • Eli Wallach as Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan Maria Ramírez (known as “The Rat” according to Blondie): The Ugly, a comical and oafish but cagey and resilient, a fast-talking Mexican gangster who is wanted by the authorities for a long list of crimes . Tuco is the name of the cemetery, but it does not know the name of the grave. This state of affairs forces Tuco to become reluctant partners with Blondie. The director originally considered Gian Maria Volontè for the role of Tuco, but felt that the role required someone with “natural comic talent”. In the end, Eli Wallach’s Leone thing, based on his role in the West Was Won (1962), in particular, his performance in “The Railroads” scene.[11] In LA, Leone met Wallach, Who Was skeptical about playing this kind of character again, after-purpose Leone screened the opening credit sequence from For a Few Dollars More , Wallach said: “? When do you want me” [11]The two men got along famously, sharing the same weird sense of humor. Leone allowed to make changes to his character and recurring gestures. Both Eastwood and Van Cleef realized that the character of Tuco was close to Leone’s heart, and the director became Wallach’s good friends. They speak in French, which is well spoken and spoken. Van Cleef observed, “Tuco is the only one of the trio the audience gets to know all about it.” “But Clint’s and Lee’s characters remain mysteries.” [11] In the theatrical trailer, Angel Eyes is referred to as The Ugly and Tuco, The Bad. [12]This is due to a translation error; the original Italian title translates literally to “The Good [one], the Ugly [one], the Bad [one]”.

Supporting cast

  • Aldo Giuffrè as Captain Clinton
  • Mario Brega as Corporal Wallace
  • Luigi Pistilli as Father Pablo Ramírez
  • Al Mulock as Elam
  • Antonio Casas as Stevens
  • Antonio Casale and Bill Carson / Jackson
  • Antonio Molino Rojo as Captain Harper
  • Rada Rassimov as Maria
  • Enzo Petito as Storekeeper
  • Chelo Alonso as Stevens’ Wife

Development

Pre-production

After the success of For a Few More Dollars , executives at United Artists approached the film’s screenwriter, Luciano Vincenzoni, for a contract for the rights to the film and for the next one. He, producer Alberto Grimaldi and Sergio Leone had no plans, but with their injuries, Vincenzoni pitched an idea about “a film about three rogues who are looking for some treasure at the time of the American Civil War”. [11]The studio agreed, but wanted to know the cost for this next movie. At the same time, Grimaldi was trying to broker his own deal, but Vincenzoni’s idea was more lucrative. The two men struck an agreement with UA for a million-dollar budget, with the studio advancing $ 500,000 upfront and 50% off the box takings outside of Italy. The total budget would eventually be $ 1.2 million. [2]

Leone built upon the screenwriter’s original concept to “show the absurdity of war … the Civil War the characters encounter qui In my frame of reference, it is useless, stupid.. ‘Good Cause’ it does not Involve a” [11 ] An avid history buff, Leone Said, “I Had read somewhere That 120,000 people died in Southern Such as camp Andersonville . I Was not ignorant of the fact That There Were camps in the North. You always get to hear about the shameful behavior of the losers, never the winners. ” [11] The Batterville Camp where Blondie and Tuco are imprisoned on steel engravings of Andersonville. Many shots in the movie were influenced by archival photographs taken by Mathew Brady. As the film took place during the Civil War, it served as a prequel for the other two films in the trilogy, which took place after the war. [13]

While Leone developed Vincenzoni’s idea into a script, the screenwriter recommended the comedy-writing team of Agenore Incrucci and Furio Scarpelli to work with Leone and Sergio Donati. According to Leone, “I could not use a single thing they’d write.” It was the grossest deception of my life. [11] Donati agreed, saying, “There was only one thing in the final script, they just wrote the first part. [11] Vincenzoni claims that he wrote the screenplay in 11 days, but he soon left the project after his relationship with Leone Soured. The three main characters all contain autobiographical elements of Leone. In an interview he said, “[ Sentenza] has no spirit, he’s a professional in the most banal sense of the term. Like a robot. This is not the case with the other two. On the methodical and careful side of my character, I’d be nearer he Biondo ( Blondie ): aim My Most Profound sympathy always goes Reviews towards the Tuco . Side … He can be touching with tenderness and All That All That wounded humanoid ” [11] Film director Alex Cox suggests that the cemetery-buried gold may have been inspired by rumors surrounding the anti-Communist Gladio terrorists, who hid many of their 138 weapons caches in cemeteries. [10]

Eastwood received a percentage-based salary, where he received a straight fee salary. When Lee Van Cleef Was again cast Reviews another for Dollars movie, he joked “the only reason They Brought me back Was Because They forgot to kill me off in For A Few Dollars More “. [13]

The film’s working title was I due magnifici straccioni ( The Two Magnificent Tramps ). It was changed just before shooting when Vincenzoni thought up He buono, he brutto, he cattivo ( The Good, the Ugly, the Bad ), which Leone loved. In the United States, United Artists considered the original Italian translation, The River of Dollars , The Man With No Name , The Bad and the Ugly . [12]

Production

Filming began at the Cinecittà studio in Rome again in mid-May 1966, including the opening scene between Eastwood and Wallach when Blondie captures Tuco for the first time and sends him to jail. [14] The production then moved to Spain’s plateau region near Burgos in the north, which doubled for the southwestern United States, and again shot the western scenes in Almería in the south. [15] This time, the production requires more elaborate sets, including a cannon fire, an extensive prison camp and an American Civil War battlefield; and for the climax, several hundred Spanish soldiers were employed to build a cemetery with several thousand grave stones to resemble an ancient Roman circus .[15] For the scene where the bridge was blown up, it was destroyed by the explosion. [16] Eastwood Remembers, “They would care if you were doing a story about Spain. Mexico, they could not care less than your story or subject is. ” [11] Top Italian cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli was brought to the film and was prompted by Leone to pay more attention to light than in the previous two films; Ennio Morricone made the score once again. Leone was instrumental in asking Morricone to compose a track for the finalMexican stand-off szene in the cemetery, asking _him_ to made what felt like “the corpses Were laughing from inside Their tombs,” and Asked Delli Colli to create a hypnotic whirling effect interspersed with dramatic extreme close ups, to give the audience the feeling of a visual ballet. [15] Filming concluded in July 1966. [8]

Eastwood was one of the first examples of this film, and it was said that he was one of the first to be filmed by Wallach, and said to Leone, “In the first film I was alone, in the second, we were two. way, in the next one I will be starring with the American cavalry “. [17] As Eastwood played hard-to-get in accepting the role (inflating its earnings up to $ 250,000, another Ferrari [18] and 10% of the profits in the United States when eventually released there), Eastwood was again encountering publicist disputes between Ruth Marsh, William Morris Agency and Irving Leonard, who were unhappy with Marsh ‘s influence on the actor. [17]Eastwood banished Marsh from having any further influence in his career and he was forced to be a business manager via a letter sent by Frank Wells. [17] For some time after, Eastwood’s publicity was handled by Jerry Pam of Gutman and Pam. [14] Throughout filming, Eastwood regularly socialized with actor Franco Nero , who was filming Texas, Adios at the time. [19]

Wallach and Eastwood flew to Madrid together and between shooting scenes, Eastwood would relax and practice his golf swing. [20] Wallach was almost poisoned during filming when he accidentally drank a bottle of acid that a film technician had set next to his soda bottle. Wallach mentioned this in his autobiography [21] and complained that Leone was a brilliant director, he was very lax about ensuring the safety of his actors during dangerous scenes. [11]For instance, in one scene, where he was to be hanged after a pistol was fired, the horse underneath him was supposed to bolt. While the rope around Wallach’s neck was severed, the horse was frightened a little too well. It galloped for a mile with Wallach still mounted and his hands bound behind his back. [11]The third time Wallach’s life is where he and Mario Brega-who are chained together-jumping out of a moving train. The jumping party went as planned, but Wallach’s life was endangered when he was henchman (now dead). Tuco places the body on the railroad tracks, waiting for the train to roll over the chain and sever it. Wallach, and presumably the entire film crew, were not aware of the heavy iron steps that they had. If Wallach had gotten up from his prone position at the wrong time, one of the jutting steps could have decapitated him. [11]

The bridge in the movie Was reconstructed twice by sappers of the Spanish army being white after-rigged for demolition explosive on-camera. The first time, an Italian camera operator signaled that he was ready to shoot, which was misconstrued by an army captain as the similar-sounding Spanish word meaning “start”. Nobody was injured in the erroneous mistiming. The army rebuilt the bridge while other shots were filmed. As the bridge was not a prop, but rather heavy and sturdy structure, powerful explosives were required to destroy it. [11] Leone said that this scene was, in part, inspired by Buster Keaton ‘s silent film The General . [2]

As an international cast was employed, Eastwood, Van Cleef and Wallach spoke English, and were dubbed into Italian for the beginning in Rome. For the American version, the lead acting voices were used, but supporting cast members were dubbed into English. [22] The result is noticeable in the bad synchronization of voices to lip movements on screen; none of the dialogue is completely in sync [23] Morricone often likes Morricone’s music over a scene and possibly shout things at the actors to get them in the mood. Leone cared more for visuals than dialogue (his English was limited, at best). Leone frequently used. Also, it was standard practice in Italian films at this time to shoot silently and post-dub. Whatever the reason, all the dialogue in the film was recorded in post-production. [24] Leone Was Unable to find an actual cemetery for the Sad Hill shootout stage, so the Spanish pyrotechnics chief hired 250 Spanish soldiers to build one in Carazo near Salas de los Infantes , qui They completed in two days (at 41 ° 59 ‘ 25 “N 3 ° 24’29” W ). [25]

By the end of filming, Eastwood had finally had enough of Leone’s perfectionist directorial traits. Leone, often forcefully, insisted on shooting scenes from many different angles, paying attention to the most minute of details, which would often exhaust the actors. [20] Leone, an obese glutton, was also a source of amusement for his excesses, and Eastwood found a way to deal with the stresses of being made by him and his nicknamed ” Yosemite Sam ” for his bad temperament . [20] After the film was completed, Eastwood never worked with Leone again, later turning the spot on Harmonica in Once Upon a Time in the West(1968), for which Leone had personally flown to Los Angeles to give him the script. The role eventually went to Charles Bronson . [26] Years later, Leone Exacted His revenge upon Eastwood During the filming of Once Upon a Time in America (1984) When He Described Eastwood’s abilities as an actor as being white like a of marble gold block wax and inferior to the acting abilities of Robert De Niro , saying, “Eastwood moves like a sleepwalker between explosions and hails of bullets, and he is always the same-a block of marble.” Bobby suffers, Clint first of all is a star. yawns. ” [27]Eastwood later gave a friend the poncho he wore in the three movies, where it was hung in a Mexican restaurant in Carmel, California. [28]

Themes and cinematography

Director Sergio Leone noted that the film’s main theme is its emphasis on violence and the deconstruction of Old West Romanticism . Like many of his films, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly was considered by Leone as a satireof the Western genre. [29] Critic Drew Marton described it as a ” baroque manipulation” that criticizes the American ideology of the Western, [30] by replacing the cowboy heroic popularized by John Wayne with morally complex antiheroes . Negative themes such as capitalismand greed were also given focus, and were featured in the story. Many critics have also noticed the film’s anti-war theme. [31] [32] Taking place in the American Civil War, the film takes the viewpoint of such people as civilians, bandits, and most notably soldiers, and presents their daily hardships during the war. Though not fighting in the war, the three gunslingers gradually become entangled in the battles that ensue (similar to The Great War , a film that screenwriters Luciano Vincenzoni and Age & Scarpelli had contributed to). [2]

In his depiction of violence, Leone used his signature long drawn and close-up style of filming, which he did by mixing extreme shots and sweeping long shots. By doing so, unchecked, unchecked, uncomfortable, uncomfortable, uncompromising, or hitting a gun. [31] This builds up the tension and suspense by Allowing the viewers to savor the performance and character reactions, create a feel of excitement, as well as giving the freedom to Leone movie beautiful landscapes . [31] Leone also incorporated music to heighten the tension and pressure before and during the movie’s many gunfights. [2]

In filming the pivotal gunfights, Leone largely removes dialogue to focus more on the actions of the characters, which was important during the film’s iconic Mexican standoff . This style can also be seen in one of the film’s protagonists, Blondie (aka The Man with No Name ), which is described by him as more defined by his actions than his words. [30] All three characters can be seen as anti-heroes killing for their personal gain. Leone also employed stylistic trick shooting , such as Blondie shooting the hat off a person’s head and severing a hangman’s noose with a well-placed shot, in many of its iconic shootouts. [33]

Release

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly opened in Italy on 23 December 1966, [1] [34] and grossed $ 6.3 million at that time. [35]

In the United States, A Fistful of Dollars was released 18 January 1967 (28 months after its initial Italian release); [36] For a Few Dollars More was released 10 May 1967 (17 months); [37] and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was released 29 December 1967 (12 months). [4] Thus, all three of Leone’s Trilogy Dollars were released in the United States during the same year. The original Italian domestic version was 177 minutes long, [38]but the international version was shown at various lengths. Most prints, especially those shown in the United States, had a runtime of 161 minutes, 16 minutes shorter than the Italian first version, but others, especially British prints, ran as short as 148 minutes. [2] [39]

Critical reception

Upon release, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly received criticism for its depiction of violence. [40] Leone explains that “the killings in my movies are exaggerated because I wanted to make a tongue-in-cheek satire on run-of-the-mill westerns … The west was made by violent, uncomplicated men, and it is this strength and simplicity that I try to recapture in my pictures “. [41] To this day, Leone’s effort to reinvigorate the Western timeworn is widely acknowledged. [29]

Critical opinion of the film on initial release was mixed as many reviewers at that time looked down on ” spaghetti westerns “. In a negative review in The New York Times , criticizes Renata Adler said that the film “must be the most expensive, pious and repellent movie in the history of its peculiar genre”. [42] Charles Champlin of the Los Angeles Times wrote that “The temptation is hereby proved irresistible to call The Good, The Bad and the Ugly , now playing citywide, The Bad, The Dull, and the Interminable , only because it is”. [43] Roger Ebert , who later included the film in his list of Great Movies, [44]It had been described as “four-star movie”, but only gave it three stars, it was “Spaghetti Western” and so could not be art. Ebert also points out that unique perspective that allows the audience to be closer to the character. [45]

Sergio Leone established a rule that he follows throughout The Good, the Bad and the Ugly . The rule is that the ability to see is limited by the sides of the frame. At important moments in the film, what the camera can not see, the characters can not see, and that gives the freedom of the entrances that can not be explained by the practical geography of his shots. There is a moment, for example, when men do not notice a large encampment of the Union Army until they stumble upon it; a moment in a cemetery when a man materializes out of thin air, even though he should have been visible much sooner; the way men walk down the street and are able to shoot them, (maybe because they are not in the same frame with them). [45]

Re-evaluation and legacy

Despite the initial negative reception, the film has since accumulated very positive feedback.

It is listed in Time ‘s ” 100 Greatest Movies of the Last Century ” as selected by critics Richard Corliss and Richard Schickel . [29] [46] Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 97% percent of film critics gave the movie positive reviews. [47] [48] [49] It’s ranked # 78 on the site’s “Top 100 Movies of All Time”. [50] The Good, the Bad and the Ugly has been described as European cinema’s best representation of the Western genre film, [51] and Quentin Tarantinohas called it “the best-directed film of all time” and “the greatest achievement in the history of cinema”. [52] This was reflected in his votes for the 2002 and 2012 Sight & Sound polls, in which he voted for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as his choice for the best movie ever made. [53] Variety magazine ranked the film number 49 on their list of the 50 greatest movies. [54] In 2002, Film4 held a poll of the 100 Greatest Movies, on which The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was voted in at number 46. [55] Premiere magazine included the movie on their 100 Most Daring Movies Ever Madelist. [56] Mr. Showbiz ranked the movie # 81 on its 100 Best Movies of All Time list. [57]

Empire magazine added The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to their Masterpiece collection in the September 2007 issue, and in their poll of “The 500 Greatest Movies”, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was voted in at 25. In 2014 ,The Good the Bad and the Ugly was ranked the 47th greatest movie ever made on Empire ‘ s list of “The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time” as voted by the magazine’s readers. [58] It was also placed on a similar list of 1000 movies by The New York Times . [59] In 2014, Time Outpolled several film critics, directors, actors and stunt actors to list their top action films. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly place 52nd on their list. [60] Additionally, Films101.com ranked the film as the best of all time in the list of 10,790 most notable. [61]

Home media

The movie was first released on DVD by MGM in 1998. The special features contain 14 minutes of scenes that were cut for the film’s North American release, which is a scene which explains how Angel Eyes came to be waiting for Blondie and Tuco at the Union Prison camp. [39]

In 2002, the film was restored with the 14 minutes of scenes cut for US release re-inserted into the film. Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach were brought back to their country by the film’s original release. Voice actor Simon Prescottsubstituted for Lee Van Cleef, who died in 1989. Other voice actors filled in for actors who had died. In 2004, MGM released this version in a two-disc DVD special edition. [62]

Disc 1 contains an audio commentary with writer and critic Richard Schickel . Disc 2 contains two documentaries , “Leone’s West” and “The Man Who Lost The Civil War”, followed by the featurette “Restoring ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'”; an animated gallery of missing sequences titled “The Socorro Sequence: A Reconstruction”; an extended Tuco torture scene; a featurette called “Il Maestro”; an audio featurette named “Il Maestro, Part 2”; a French trailer; and a poster gallery. [62]

This DVD was very well received, but it was very well received, especially with the soundtrack of the original soundtrack (particularly, the gunshots were replaced), with no option for the original soundtrack. [63] At least one scene had been re-inserted before the film’s release in Italy, but had been shown once in the Italian premiere. According to Richard Schickel, [62] Leone willingly cut the scene for pacing reasons; thus, restoring it was contrary to the director’s wishes. [64] MGM re-released the 2004 DVD edition in their “Sergio Leone Anthology” box set in 2007. Also included were the two other “Dollars” movies, and Duck, You Sucker!. On May 12, 2009, the extended version of the film was released on Blu-ray . [23] It contains the same special features as the 2004 special edition DVD, except that it includes a commentary by film historian Sir Christopher Frayling . [2]

The Film Was re-released on Blu-ray in 2014 using a new 4K remaster , featuring Improved picture quality and detail of goal has changed color timing , resulting and in the movie Having a more yellow hue than one previous releases. [63] It was rereleased on Blu-ray by Kino Video in August 2017, in a new release that featured both theatrical and extended cuts, and an attempt to correct the yellow color timing of the earlier disc. [65]

Deleted scenes

The following scenes were originally published by the British and American theatrical versions of the film, but were released after the release of the 2004 Special Edition DVD. [62]

  • For Bill Carson, Angel Eyes stumbles upon an embattled Confederate outpost after a massive artillery bombing. Once there, after witnessing the wretched conditions of the survivors, he snatches to the Confederate soldier ( Víctor Israel , dubbed by Tom Wyner [66] ) for clues about Bill Carson.
  • The sequence with Tuco and Blondie crossing the desert: Tuco mentally tortures a severely dehydrated Blondie by eating and bathing in front of him.
  • Tuco, transporting a dehydrated Blondie, finds a Confederate camp whose occupants tell him that Father Ramirez’s monastery is nearby.
  • Tuco and Blondie discuss their plans when departing in a wagon from Father Ramirez’s monastery.
  • A scene where Blondie and Angel Eyes are resting by a creek when a man appears and Blondie shoots him. Angel Eyes asks the rest of his men to come out. When the five men come out, Blondie counts them (including Angel Eyes), and concludes that six is ​​the perfect number. Angel Eyes asks him why, mentioning that he had heard that Blondie responds that six is ​​the perfect number, because he has six bullets left in his revolver.
  • The sequence with Tuco, Blondie and Clinton has been extended: Clinton asks for their names, which they are reluctant to answer.

A scene deleted by Leone after the Rome premiere was also re-inserted:

  • After being betrayed by Blondie, Tuco meets with members of his gang at a distant cave, where he conspires with them to hunt and kill Blondie.

Additional footage of the sequence where Tuco is tortured by Angel Eyes’s henchman was discovered. The original negative of this footage is considered too badly damaged in the theatrical cut, but the footage appears as an extra in the 2004 DVD. [64]

Lost footage of the missing Socorro Sequence where Tuco continues his search for Blondie in a Texican pueblo while Blondie is in a hotel room with a Mexican woman (Silvana Bacci) is reconstructed with photos and unfinished snippets from the French trailer. Also, in the documentary “Reconstructing the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”, what looks to be footage of Tuco lighting cannons before the Ecstasy of Gold? None of these scenes or sequences appear in the 2004 re-release, however, but are in the supplementary features. [23]

Music

The collaborator Ennio Morricone , whose distinctive original compositions, containing gunfire, whistling (by John O’Neill ), and yodeling permeate the film. The main theme, resembling the howling of a coyote , which is a two-note melody that is a frequent motif , and is used for the three main characters. A different instrument was used for each: flutefor Blondie, ocarina for Angel Eyes and human voices for Tuco. [67] [68] [69] [70]The score complements the movie’s American Civil War setting, containing the mournful ballad, ” The Story of a Soldier “, which is sung by prisoners as Tuco is being tortured by Angel Eyes. [6] The film’s climax, a three-way Mexican standoff , begins with the melody of ” The Ecstasy of Gold ” and is followed by “The Trio.” Today, the iconic theme is considered one of the greatest instrumental film scores of all time. [71]

The main theme also titled ” The Good, the Bad and the Ugly ” was a hit in 1968 with the soundtrack album on the charts for more than a year, [70] reaching No. 4 on the Billboard album pop and 10 on the black album chart. [72]The main theme was also a hit for Hugo Montenegro , whose rendition was a No. 2 Billboard pop single in 1968. [73]

In popular culture, the American New Wave group Wall of Voodoo Performed a medley of Ennio Morricone’s movie themes, Including the theme for this movie. The only known recording of it is a live performance on the Index Masters . Punk rock band the Ramones played this song for their live album Loco Live in their concerts in 1996. The British heavy metal band Motörhead played the main theme as the overture music on the 1981 “No sleep” til Hammersmith “ride. American heavy metal band Metallicahas run “The Ecstasy of Gold” as prelude music at their concerts since 1985 (except 1996-1998), and recently recorded a version of the instrumental for a compilation tribute to Morricone. [74] XM Satellite Radio ‘s The Opie & Anthony Show aussi opens every show with “The Ecstasy of Gold”. The American punk rock band The Vandals song “Urban Struggle” begins with the main theme. British electronica act Bomb the Bass used the same theme as a number of samples on their 1988 single ” Beat Dis “, and used sections of dialogue from Tuco’s hanging on “Throughout The Entire World”,. The main theme was also sampled / re-created by British band New Order for the album version of their 1993 single ” Ruined in a Day “. A song from the band Gorillaz is named ” Clint Eastwood “, and features references to the actor, along with a repeated sample of the theme song; The iconic yell featured in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly ‘ s score is heard at the beginning of the music video. [75]

In popular culture

The film’s title has entered the language as an idiomatic expression. Typically used when describing something thoroughly, the respective sentences refer to upsides, which could have been done better, but were not. [76]

The film was novelized in 1967 by Joe Millard as part of the “Western Dollars” series based on the “Man with No Name”. The South Korean western movie The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008) is inspired by the movie, with much of its plot and character elements borrowed from Leone’s movie. [77] In his introduction to the 2003 revised edition of his novel The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger , Stephen King revealed that the film was a primary influence for the Dark Tower series, and that Eastwood’s character specifically inspired the creation of King’s protagonist, Roland Deschain . [78]

Sequel

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is the last film in the Trilogy Dollars, and thus does not have an official sequel. Following the movie’s release, Leone Went there to live two more Westerns ( Once Upon a Time in the West and Duck, You Sucker! ) And Was Involved in the manufacture of other Spaghetti Westerns ( My Name is Nobody and A Genius, Two Partners and Dupe ), but none of these boron direct relations with his previous films.

However, screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni stated on numerous occasions that he had written a treatment for himself, tentatively titled he buono, he brutto, he cattivo n. 2 (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 2) . According to Vincenzoni and Eli Wallach, the film would have been set 20 years after the original, and would have followed Tuco pursuing Blondie’s grandson for the gold. Clint Eastwood in the film’s production, including acting as narrator. Joe Dante and Leone were also approached to direct and produce the film respectively. Eventually, however, the project was vetoed by Leone, he did not want the original film’s title or characters to be reused, nor did he want to be involved in another Western film.[79]

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