Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB
Original story: Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo
Italy/Spain/West Germany, 1966. Produzioni Europee Associate. Story by Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone, Screenplay by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone, English version by Mickey Knox. Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli. Produced by Alberto Grimaldi. Music by Ennio Morricone. Production Design by Carlo Simi. Costume Design by Carlo Simi. Film Editing by Eugenio Alabiso, Nino Baragli.
Clint Eastwood returns for his third film as the Man With No Name (who, oddly, has a name this time) in a film that isn’t a continuation of For A Few Dollars More but is definitely related in style and theme. He (the Good), Lee Van Cleef (the Bad) and Eli Wallach (the Ugly) are all after a box of army gold that has been hidden in a cemetery of Civil War soldiers’ graves. Throughout the course of the film’s sprawling running time, the three characters traverse giant vistas of dry, rocky landscapes in search of their treasure, outdoing one another at every step of the way until they meet at the finish line and destiny comes knocking. Fantastic acting, tightscrew direction by Sergio Leone and gorgeous cinematography make for the best of the three spaghetti westerns that Eastwood starred in, and one of the most popular and enjoyable westerns ever.