The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966)


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 , Sergio Leone, Screenplay by , , Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone, English version by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Carlo Simi.  Film Editing by , .  

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), (the Bad) and (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.

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