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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

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Average Rating: 8.8/10
Reviews Counted: 67
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 2

Arguably the greatest of the spaghetti westerns, this epic features a compelling story, memorable performances, breathtaking landscapes, and a haunting score.

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Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 2

Arguably the greatest of the spaghetti westerns, this epic features a compelling story, memorable performances, breathtaking landscapes, and a haunting score.

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In the last and the best installment of his so-called "Dollars" trilogy of Sergio Leone-directed "spaghetti westerns," Clint Eastwood reprised the role of a taciturn, enigmatic loner. Here he searches for a cache of stolen gold against rivals the Bad (Lee Van Cleef), a ruthless bounty hunter, and the Ugly (Eli Wallach), a Mexican bandit. Though dubbed "the Good," Eastwood's character is not much better than his opponents -- he is just smarter and shoots faster. The film's title reveals its

Nov 18, 1997

United Artists

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All Critics (67) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (2) | DVD (38)

All three arrive at the cache at the same time. Who gets it? Director Leone doesn't seem to care very much, and after 161 minutes of mayhem, audiences aren't likely to either.

August 11, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (143)
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The third in the Clint Eastwood series of Italo westerns, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is exactly that -- a curious amalgam of the visually striking, the dramatically feeble and the offensively sadistic.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (10)
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Though ordained from the beginning, the three-way showdown that climaxes the film is tense and thoroughly astonishing.

March 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
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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.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Sergio Leone's epic looks good, almost great, restored to its original running time.

June 8, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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Of all the great films of the 1960s, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is one of a fistful that can be truly appreciated only on the big screen.

September 11, 2003
Detroit Free Press
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Leone's liberal use of widescreen shots in conjunction with extreme close-ups gives the movie an epic quality that is matched in scope by a skeletal narrative structure that breathes with a poker-faced mood, tone, and personality.

February 10, 2013 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

A unique vision of the American West as place of desolation and ruin on a truly epic scale.

August 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The defining spaghetti western pits a charismatic Clint Eastwood against partner and nemesis Eli Wallach and perpetual enemy Lee Van Cleef.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Potent Italian-Western shoot-'em up/war drama.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Its parody of genre conventions resonates with scope and power.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sergio Leone's dramatic directing style is powerful and well delivered, even by today's standards.

January 9, 2010 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Comment (1)
7M Pictures

The fellas in Leone's films are seething cesspools of hatred and frustration whose only satisfaction-however fleeting-is found in pursuit and acquisition of money

December 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The sublime film music, now-iconic situations (like the climactic ghost town shootout), and sure visual style add up to a pitch-perfect genre pic that ongoingly influences generations of hip filmmakers. [Blu-ray]

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Leone created a phenomenal film but also created some of the most memorable shots in film history. The extreme close-ups are still impressive to this day.

August 3, 2008
BDK Reviews

It still looks a treat and a bold and largely successful attempt to recast the traditions of the genre in a new, sometimes critical, almost operatic way.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The visuals are eye-popping, the score (by Ennio Morricone) magnificent, the Civil War set-pieces both stunning and haunting. If you're going to end a trilogy, this is the way to do it.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The new length gives a clearer view of the civil war context: a nightmare of panic as the south flees before the Union's advance.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Re-released movies are forever claiming to be iconic, but few can hold the title as easily as Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Sergio Leone's masterpiece is as enduring as the scorched desert in which it is filmed. Also receives props for most effective use of whistling ever.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Amid the endless homages and the sheer adoration meted out to Sergio Leone's ambitious, pricier finale to his Spaghetti Western trilogy, it's easy to forget just how damn good the film is.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Leone also endows the film with a clever visual style. His sense of scale is especially inspired.

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source: KPBS.org
KPBS.org

The definitive spaghetti western.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Three outlaws pursue a cache of gold hidden in a grave.
While canonical, this film is oddly structured with its inciting incident pushed to an hour and fifteen minutes into its three-hour run time. What the film is saying about goodness (or ugliness or badness) is unclear as the "good" is just as bad as the "ugly," but I can imagine that it's attempting to show that morality is more contextual than absolute, creating, as it does, an environment in which everybody is immoral even the Union and Confederate troops, who seem to be passing through this film on their way to another.
Beautifully shot and operatic in scope, the filmmaking is remarkable even if the story-telling is perplexing.
Overall, this classic western isn't bad or good or ugly, just moderately interesting.
July 26, 2014
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June 21, 2014
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[By the Italian titles] âIl buono, il brutto, il cattivoâ? is really âIl classico, il bello, il cazzutoâ?.

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August 15, 2013
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The final part of "the man with no name" trilogy sees Clint competing with his erstwhile partner and a coldly vicious mercenary for some buried stolen loot. The remarkable thing about Leone's series is the fact that even the best film trilogies (ie The Godfather, the original Star Wars et al) good as they were, never quite captured the magic of the original. Leone's however began brilliantly, and just kept getting better. The trio are introduced in highly effective opening scenes once again, often using only eye contact and body language to convey their personalities; it's actually 10 full minutes into the film before a single syllable is uttered. Leone continues the theme of the old west as an environment of "every man for himself" as the characters are constantly backstabbing and lying to each other, even "the good" is an immoral con man who betrays his partner as soon as it is convenient (but I guess "The bad, the bad and the bad" didn't have the same ring to it!) All of this is set to a backdrop of the American Civil war which is treated in a way that has far more in common with Apocalypse Now than John Ford. The scene in which a drunken Union captain prays for the destruction of a vital bridge to end the carnage is particularly memorable. But it is Eli Wallach's Tuco that virtually steals the film out from under Clint; his immoral and cowardly double crosser brings a lot of humour to the film and was surely a big influence on Johnny Depp whilst creating the character of Captain Jack. My one gripe is that the second act is rather weaker than the opening and conclusion, which is particularly apparent when Morricone's otherwise excellent score descends into conspicuous sappiness. Despite this, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly is a clear contender for the best western ever made.
June 18, 2013
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    1. Tuco the Ugly: If you work for a living, why do you kill yourself working?
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    1. Tuco the Ugly: How much?
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    1. Tuco the Ugly: There are two kinds of spurs, my friend. Those that come in by the door; those that come in by the window.
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    1. Tuco the Ugly: If you save your breath I feel a man like you can manage it. And if you don't manage it, you'll die. Only slowly, very slowly old friend.
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    1. Tuco the Ugly: BLONDY! YOU'RE A SON OF A...
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    1. The Good: There are two kinds of people in the world those with guns and those that dig. You dig?
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